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« on: February 08, 2010, 01:03:46 PM »

Hi Guys,
I am wondering if any of you have any issues with this.  Ever since Arnold passed away, I can't have any company over without having a loud circus.  It really is embarrassing, especially when company can't even hear you talking and have to bring their ear close to you...  Arnold was very people friendly and loved when people came over and he would love to interact with company or if they didn't really want to interact he would always maintain space.  Now its a good 30 min. before I can actually talk to people when they come over and at that point I am sure all of us have headaches.  I have to coral them to this room where I put up a baby gate so they won't attack people.  I don't think they would ever harm anyone, but I am not 100% certain.  They don't really bark aggressively with teeth showing and such, they bark annoyingly bark after bark.   It gets worse with the door bell.  It seemed as if Arnold would set an example so they would remain calm, but now they are just wild.  I know it is my fault, I know I am not doing things correctly.  If anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them, I am just so embarrassed, and shy away from having people over because of it. Thank you in advance!!!
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2010, 05:34:14 PM »

Mine do it also,but stop as soon as they greet the company. Maybe if you let them come greet the visitors 1 by 1 they will stop ?
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010, 07:51:20 PM »

I recently watched a video from the library on how to manage problems in multi-dog households.  For greeting company, she advised working with one dog at a time, shutting the others in a room as far away from the door as possible so you can concentrate on one dog's behavior without the influence of the others.  (Or maybe the garage or even the car.)

Have a friend work with on this, coming to visit at set times as a training exercise so it's not as stressful as having "real" company be the guinea pigs.  She used body blocks to prevent jumping up and everyone ignored bad behavior and rewarded good behavior.  I'll try to dig up her name, she's a great author on dog behavior.  Maybe it's in book form if you can't find the video.
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010, 10:49:35 PM »

Thanks guys for such great advice, I think that you hit the nail on the head when you suggested letting them greet company...  I get nervous now and I know that is the MAIN problem.  If it were up to my husband and he let someone in, he doesn't emit the same fears or nervousness as I do so they don't bark (only if I am not in the house).  I know its me that is the problem.  I am going to have to ask my neighbor (the yard bully hehe) to see if she can help me...  just as you guys suggested.  I don't have a door in the room where I usually put them when people come over just a baby gate.  I can't let them go into my room without supervision (2 if them anyway, the little vaccume eaters)  I may be able to put them outside for a bit and bring in 1 by 1 just like you guys suggested.  I would love to watch or read any literature from the dog trainer you suggested petslave... it sounds like she is right on the money.  Lesliek, you are lucky they stop as soon as they greet the company, I think 2 of mine would quit also but the other one just keeps the barking going so they all go along...  it really does get very loud.  It becomes so stressful....  it is so embarrassing.  I am not used to it as they started doing it a couple years ago, as Arnold was so great with company...  I guess I just come to expect them to misbehave and they go ahead and do it.  I know it is my doing, and that makes me sad...  I know it has a lot to do with how hard it has been for me to get "me" together after Arnold had to leave us...,  lots of behavioral problems started after he left us... 
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2010, 12:19:47 AM »

mgt sounds like they are picking up some kind of vibe from you when the doorbell rings and when people come over. What about using something like Rescue Remedy as a calmative to see if that might help?
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2010, 12:39:56 PM »

I have thought about that...  using it for all of us.  I have read that it works well to massage into the pets ears, is that a good way to give it to them?  I know they say to put it in the water, do any of you use it in the water?
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2010, 01:05:09 PM »

I use Rescue Remedy, but it's with cats, who are notoriously picky.  Some of them will not drink water with it added, despite the fact that it is a tiny amount.  I have had success with rubbing it into the ears, as you mentioned.  Dogs may differ, but this does seem to work for us.  My vet recommended the product.  You need to use it ahead of time; start about a day ahead if adding to the water; do it 20-30 minutes ahead if rubbing it into the ears.

(PS it works for people, too.)
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2010, 03:26:52 PM »

I've used it in water & rubbed on for all of us.[ me included]. It does help,more for some than others though. If using it yourself try adding it to some tea or coffee & you won't notice any taste.
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2010, 05:23:41 PM »

I recently bought some of the Rescue Remedy for Pets, and the instructions say you can also put it in some food.  Might work better than the water if the pet won't drink it.  Mandy doesn't drink enough water for that to work.
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2010, 07:49:26 PM »

Ok, I think Im going to go pick some up this week.  I am also going to practice just like you guys suggested...  I will keep you guys posted on the results.  I will ask my neighbor this week to see if she can come and knock on the door.  I guess I can even do it when the mail lady comes over... she doesn't like us very much and I think it has to do with the dogs barking like crazy as soon as the mailbox squeaks.  Ugh... stuff I don't like to confess and pretend it isn't a problem, but it is...  barking has become quite stressful here...  though, I am glad that they are being active, means they are feeling good so that is good  Grin
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