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Old 02-29-2004, 11:33 PM
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Exclamation eep! we have a growling/barking problem...

At christmas, we got a papillon puppy. she's the cutest little thing, but every time she sees a random person walk by outside, she growls!! Oh no... we can't let this go on, or people will think she's vicious! she also growled at a neighbor who was about 10 yards away when i took her out for a walk... I'm worried that she will continue this behaviour as an adult. Perhaps it's only a puppy scare phase, though... I need advice, please!
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Old 03-01-2004, 12:31 AM
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Yikes! We have to be very conscientious about socializing our Filas, as they are bred to be distrustful of strangers and also to use initiative and judgement about threats, but I've never had to deal with it in a small dog. For the Filas, we start out when they are young, taking them into social situations and reassuring them that things are "normal" and okay and there are no threats, reinforcing this with plenty of praise and physical contact. We never force our dogs to accept petting or unwanted physical contact with other people, though, just tolerance and disregard for non-threatening people and situations.

You don't say how old your Papillion is, but she is probably nervous and afraid around people who aren't her family. She may need to be reassured a lot, and taken out for walks where she will have to come into contact with different people. Praise her lavishly for good behavior and correct her for unacceptable aggression. Bear in mind that she may be a shy little dog and never have any desire to interact closely with strangers, or even people she doesn't live with.

Please resist the temptation to let other people give her food and treats to make friends with her. You don't want her to take something from someone who might want to poison her for some perverse reason. Although your friends won't do anything to hurt her, she won't know the difference when it counts. If she only takes food from you, it could save her life someday.

Your vet might also appreciate it if you bring her in every week or two to be weighed and handled so when you have to bring her in for a real vet visit it won't become dramatic for her or the vet and staff. Normally, a vet not only won't charge you for this, they'll thank you for it. They don't like to be bitten, either!
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Old 03-26-2004, 09:44 PM
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welll what i do to discipline my dog when he's barking at my neighbors, i grab his mouth, hold it firmly so he won't escape, and flick him on his nose and say " bad dog!"
that worked on all of my dogs and should work on other dogs. it tells them they have done something that we don't want them to do~

Hope this information helps! ~christy~
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