Herding and Barking when People are in Swimming Pool
Posted 16 February 2010 - 08:42 AM
Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:19 AM
Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:50 AM
Thank you - I will check into that. Just to clarify, when he jumps into the pool he literally swims around the people very calmly as if he is herding. Then he gets out of the pool and sees that people didn't get out and starts barking at them and jumps in again and swims around them as if he is trying to herd them.
As I'm sure others will tell you, he is not herding. He is over-stimulated by swimming for whatever reason. At the very least, I would put him in the house when using the pool so he can't continue to practice this behavior. There are a number of approaches you can take to stop the behavior. I'd be inclined to take a clicker approach to rewarding the behavior I wanted. Click to Calm is a fantastic book for reactive behaviors and for clicker training in general.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 10:42 AM
As far as being barky after he gets out, it isn't herding behavior. It's bossiness, perhaps some anxiety. Put him up, out of sight of the pool, when he's done swimming. Using the techniques in Click to Calm or Control Unleashed, (both books available at Dogwise.com) you'll be able to teach him to control himself, but it will take a while, as he's been practicing this behavior for a long time.
Thank you for adopting him, it sounds like he's got a wonderful home with you.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 04:45 PM
You can avoid them developing behaviours by stopping them the second you see them but he has probably been practicing this for years. My 7 month old started herding my older dog when we are training or when we are playing, so now she is put in a down somewhere away from us and is not allowed to display what would become extremely annoying. As for around our pool she runs around and follows us but when she gets to us she just licks us. She's curious as I bring her in with me too but its not obsessive, my other two though, they run and hide in fear I will pull them in. Anyway just remove him and do not allow him to do it as it just gets worse with time.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:05 PM
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