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Old August 11th, 2008, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by kigndano View Post
A dog will learn that the fence and the area belongs to the human, same principle as teaching a dog what to chew/not chew on. over time they understand what things are acceptable. the dog will certainly not ignore her if she stands in front of her and moves towards her as she is reacting. it is impossible for the dog to ignore you if you are in her line of sight (esp. her target...aka the fence)
Perhaps you haven't delt with extremely reactive/fixated dogs? It is quite easy for a dog to ignore you or find your presence reinforcing when they are zoned in on their trigger.

Originally Posted by kigndano View Post
no need to train a new one right?
Actually there usually is. Aside from needing a more sacred command than "come" (which is often overused)... teaching a new command builds value for the relationship and in my experience, spending a little extra time with your dog is all that is necessary to solve behaviour problems.

Originally Posted by kigndano View Post
it also does nothing in the dogs mind to change her feeling that she has to control the gate. THAT is the issue here IMO, the dog feels that she is controlling the entrance to the house when she should KNOW that the humans control it.
IMO dogs bark because its self-rewarding not because they think they control everything. Dogs IMO aren't on a power trip, they are simply doing what works.

Originally Posted by kigndano View Post
im not sure rewarding her even while barking wont just confuse the dog, isnt that a mixed message?
I said a few barks in... Most people do not have impeccable timing and it will happen. It's not the end of the world and since the trigger isn't going away the barking is not working on any level. Eventually the dog will realize what works and what doesn't, even if they manage to get a bark or 2 in. The idea is to focus on what you want not what you don't want. I didn't say reward while she is manic barking.
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