Tuesday, July 17, 2012

HELP: How do I deal with a barking dog?

Lulu's howl was part of the reason I asked my parents if I could have her after my apartment was broken into last December. But lately her bark has become a problem.

In the last two weeks, Lulu's been howling at every thing -- people outside my apartment building, people on golf carts, kids on skateboards. She even tried to chase a moving truck the other day.

Today was the worst though. There's a man that owns this big black dog in my neighborhood. Now, Lulu's not had any problems with the man himself, but every time that dog is around she barks in a very defensive manner. It's very clear she's barking to let the dog know to stay away from her.

Well today, that went from defensiveness to downright hostility. I had to wrestle Lulu to keep her from trying to go after the dog when we went on our walk. I grabbed her and held her up and tried to get her to calm down, but she would not. I eventually dragged her into the house. Since the ground was muddy, she was a mess, so she needed a bath.

I don't know why she's suddenly become so crazy. The only thing I can think of is that she had her distemper vaccine last week, and maybe it causes behavioral changes similar to the rabies shot? But I can't find anything about it.

What do you think? Any ideas? I don't know what to do and I'm worried she's going to get into trouble with the leasing office.


  1. Oh wow...I soooo wish I could help you!
    This is Dakota's Mom...when I leave a comment it shows my name on the Cat blog that I have.

    As you may know, Dakota is a Sheltie and Shelties LOVE TO BARK. He barks at anything and everything. He is also HUGELY territorial, we live in a condo complex and he will bark at any dog, person, leaf, child, mailman (you get the idea) that crosses our path.

    I have tried saying, "No", everything!!!
    I am interested in hearing what others have to say and maybe they will help both of us!

  2. Mainly the barking dogs do not bite.So when the dog is barking to see you can't run from this side try stand here and try to out of this side slowly.


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