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My spirited dog!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Zivas, Mar 14, 2017.


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    Zivas PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all

    I'm looking for some advice on my dog. She is an 18 month old cavalier that we've had for around 11 months. When we first got her she was pretty scared of everything but mostly well behaved. Now her confidence has grown she has become more mischievous!

    She barks at the tv whenever there are animals on (or the occasional human she disagrees with). She'll charge and jump up at the tv and keep barking, which I assume is a defence mechanism. She's also obsessed with horses, sheep etc in real life and if she were off lead would probably get herself trampled.

    She chases cats and squirrels. If she's on a lead, she will pull frantically and cry as if she's in pain to try and get to them. If she's off lead, she will chase them (out of the park if necessary) until they disappear. She'll then happily come back as if she's achieved her job! She will also run out of the park if she has seen a cat or squirrel there before, even if there's not one there now. We have two guinea pigs at home that she will torment through the bars given the chance.

    She has very recently developed a fear of toddlers and babies after spending a day with my niece. She is not aggressive but will bark at them and then run away if they come near. Today she barked at a toddler from a considerable distance, despite the kid showing no interest in her.

    I think all these things are connected. I shout when she runs off or barks at the tv but this is clearly ineffective. I put her on her lead when she comes back or any time I think she's at risk of running off. She is always rewarded for following commands and her recall is good as long as there are no small animals involved. Even after running off, she'll happily come back but obviously it's dangerous for her to be so out of control.

    I had a cavalier before who was a true lapdog and has no sense of adventure so this has come as quite a shock. She is great fun though, loves to play, has fun with toys and other dogs and is super cuddly too. I just need to curtail the barking/chasing habits!

    Thanks for helping and sorry for the long post!
     
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    Oh and she's started weeing in other people's houses but not our own.
     
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