|Barked: Tue Nov 13, '12 7:33am PST |
|Rigby's picked up a new "quirk" recently.
When we are at the off-leash park, if someone walks toward her, stops and stares at her, she barks at them.
If she is leashed, this doesn't happen.
If the person keeps walking, this doesn't happen.
If the person stops, but doesn't look at her, this doesn't happen.
It seems to happen only when the person is standing still and looking at her - usually combined with encouraging talking ("Hi puppy, come here" etc.)
Typically, if I can catch this before it happens I can call her off. But today, she combined the barking with some sort of lunging behaviour at a woman's feet. No nipping or contact. But quick movements and defensive barking. This concerns me.
Luckily the woman said she was fine and understood as her dog was from a shelter as well and had his own set of quirks.
I think this started with a woman a few weeks ago claiming to be a "trainer" who intimidated Rig with her eye contact intentionally. Under the claim that Rigby is clearly a "dominant" dog and needed to be put in her place.
(Although she pees submissively under many circumstances )
I didn't hang around this woman too long. After I saw what she was doing I left.
But I'm wondering if this could have triggered the behaviour?
I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions to stop this? As I mentioned it only happens when people stop, stare and talk combined. None of the 3 separately trigger this.
I know I could speak with the people before it happens, but I am not the greatest with words and don't want to come off as rude in any way.
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