|Barked: Fri May 18, '12 3:40pm PST |
|If you are not taking Mozart out every time there dogs are out then I dont think you are doing anything wrong, after all it is your yard (although getting a fence may be a good idea). You have to remember that they are shelties, shelties bark...they are very loud dogs. I would suggest, as others have, going to a different place to train sometimes. Just training him in your yard is teaching him to listen in your yard, not anywhere else. I have been teaching dog training classes for over 10 years now and people skills are very important. Don't be judgmental of the people or their dogs.
I had issues with a neighbors before, I had one neighbor that would yell at my dogs when they were in my yard (i later found out he was scared of dogs but I have a 4 ft fence so they couldn't get to him anyway), needless to say when he yelled my dogs would start barking (which make the situation worse). I sat down with him and politely explained to him that if he ignores my dogs they will ignore him. He stopped yelling at them and everything was fine.
I had another neighbor who had an aggressive mixed breed (GSD/dane named Angus..about 120 lbs) who would jump our fence and fight with my dogs, I politely asked him to keep his dog out of my yard because we need everyone's dog to be safe. When he said that he did not know how to control Angus, I offered to help. I never just go up to a neighbor and tell them that I can help them train their dog, If they ask for help then its a different situation.
You have to think about what you would find appropriate for example; if a person came up to you and offered to train your dog, you would probably be offended.
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