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Ella is always threatening to get herself, as well as her owner, barred from the two local dog-friendly pubs with vigourous arrrooooooos at the most pointless things. I can understand the postman but she has all manner of phobias (assuming her howls are fear based). Current pet hates -

People on crutches
Anyone wearing hats, be they cycle helmets, baseball caps or policemens' helmets
Dreadlocks - this is a particular problem as we live in a very multicultural area. I know for a fact that it isn't a skin colour issue as her trainer is a bald black man

She is very well socialised with people and dogs but certain things just make her lose it. Do your dogs have similar quirks and, apart from making her confront the things that make her bark, does anyone have any tips for stopping such bad behaviour?
 

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Dogs that are solid black or solid white and one german shephard dog that gets walked behind my building. Jersey goes nuts over them. She's also afraid of anything on wheels...bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. Except for wheelchairs. Our neighbor who likes to feed her cheese on a regular basis is in a wheelchair, so I guess she associates wheelchairs with yummy cheese! She doesn't howl at that stuff though, just gets very timid and does this quiet little bark that she saves for things she's unsure of.
 

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Chloe goes nuts from different things, but everytime I take the time to work with her and work through the problem, so that she gets over it.
She is a therapy dog, so wheelchairs and crutches are not a problem.
 

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Our two go NUTS over cats and other dogs we pass when walking, although I don't think it's from fear. We just got them last year from the shelter so there's no telling what they were doing the first 2 yrs of their lives. Anyway, we've been trying various techniques to attempt to get them to stop going crazy but haven't had much luck. Right now we're working on getting them to sit with their back to the source of the problem, be it a cat or another dog. It does seems to help to calm them down some, so hopefully the more we work with them the more they'll get the picture.


Maybe you could try letting people wearing hats, etc. give her treats
I bet she'd make friends then!
 

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Night time sets Maggie off. As soon as it turns dusk, she wants to go outside and bark. The darker it gets, the more barking she does...and she could go on for hours if we let her! We haven't been able to figure out exactly WHAT she's barking at, but she sure get's herself worked up and going every single night.
 

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The Cat. The only time Winston ever really barks is at the cat. Winston just wants to play. The cat, I'm sure, is hoping Winston will just fall down a well and disappear. Tigger, who is declawed, beaned Winston on the nose early on and Winston has been terrified to get too close ever since. Tigger doesn't come out of hiding much, but we always know when he's up and about because Winston barks and bounces all around the cat, who just wants to get to his food bowl without all the drama.
 

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Maggie goes crazy if there is a raccoon around or if she even gets a scent because one was there the night before.
 

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Booker goes off at dogs with dark faces... if we don't stop her she goes right up to them and howls in their face - not the best way to say hello!

Popcorn barks at homeless people. A lot.

Moosie barks at almost nothing when Marc has him, and almost everything when I do...
 

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The only people Menolly has ever even growled at were a group of some four 'homeboys' talking on the street. She's never growled at anyone before or since. She also tried to put herself between me and them. With everyone else she's met, she adores. We have a Bible study at home very week and she LOVES everyone who has come in that door. It doesn't matter what they look like. Old, young, tall, short, etc. I'm proud of my dog for being a fine ambassador to the Beagle breed.

Animals are a different story. She rarely barks, but when she does it's at the cat. She also chases anything with fur/feathers that's not her. Evidently she really doesn't like small dogs. She growled at a couple while we were up in the mountians. But big dogs...the jury's still out on that. She cowers and whimpers when we see/hear big dogs on our walks, but when she can see the whole dog and it's not barking, she doesn't seem to mind. In fact she's made friends with this big shepherd mix behind us. They see each other through the fence and wag their tails!
 

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Cobi goes psycho over cats! We have an orange tabby that has been looking for a place to winter, and it's not going to be our garage, if he has anything to do with it. The other thing that sends him off and barking are kids that stand in front of our house and their bikes and bark at him....drives me nuts too! Other than that, ever since the mailman started carrying treats in his bag, he loves him!

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The neighbors' dogs running loose - their cats in our yard - and their kids running around screaming by the fence - any of those things will set the pack off. There is a leash law here, but some of my neighbors have dogs that get out and like to run up and down my fence. The dogs just go crazy when that happens. I usually have to get out the hose and sprinkle EVERYONE (including the visiting dog) down to get them to shut up and come in the house - otherwise some of the idiots around here will call the police on my dogs. It's very frustrating because there are so few times during the day I can let mine out when there aren't 10-12 cats, several dogs and 6-10 kids playing right outside my yard
. One neighbors has a cat that has 2-3 litters every year - and they keep most of the kittens which <span style="text-decoration: underline">all</span> stay outside and often come into my yard.
 

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Lucky hates the neighbor dogs. Lucky likes big dogs except for Great Danes and Greyhounds. He came from a Great Dane shelter and just hates them for some reason. He will have a spasm everytime he sees one and howls his head off!
 
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