Barking rat terrier

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Barked: Wed Dec 5, '12 11:36am PST 
I have a rat terrier dog who is 4 years old and her name is Prissy and she barks and growls at big dogs. I am afraid she is going to get hurt one day because if she sees a big dog she will bark at growl so much that it will try to get her, she will bark so much that she will throw up, I am taking her to obedience classes but it seems to be making her worse and not helping her, because she wants to pay the big dogs attention or hide up under a chair in class and not listen, the little dogs she doesnt bark at them. when she sees a big dog she bark and growl and shake and if I am holding her she will scratch my arms up trying to get down. Any suggestions on what I can do to help her.

Barked: Wed Dec 5, '12 2:07pm PST 
I recommend reading the books "Scaredy Dog" and "The Cautious Canine." They may be very helpful to you.

Edited by author Wed Dec 5, '12 2:11pm PST