Is Bruno getting protective?
I plan to ask our obedience trainer too, but thought I would post here since we have such a wealth of knowledge. :)
Bruno is a 5 month old Boxer. Doesn't bark at home except when playing. Doesn't react to the doorbell or knocking or people coming in, except, "Oh hi!" *cue wiggly butt*. We have been attending puppy and obedience classes, soccer games, softball games, parties, visiting, and made it through the list of socialization suggestions.
Yesterday, I walked him up to the school to pick up the kids. While we were waiting outside, a man came walking across the field to pick up his kid. Bruno's hackles raised and he started doing the "alert! something is amiss!" quiet woofs.
I tried to tell him "Thank you, that's enough" and redirect his attention to commands (sit, down, come front, heel). He did as asked but he wanted to keep an eye on the guy. He never progressed to full out barking or growling, but I could see where this may happen in the future.
He did this hackles raised/quiet woofing once before - at my mother-in-laws. His second visit there and we were standing outside and he saw someone walking their dog next door. That time I simply called him to me and that distracted him enough to forget about the other dog.
So, wise COTHers, what do you do with that?
PS - The only other issue I have with him right now is that he keeps stealing the freaking toilet paper and shredding it!! :rolleyes: