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Hi - I havent been on here for years so hello again!

My eldest Chi (6yrs) went to puppy training classes, she was quite alright around other dogs, not scared and she never used to bark.
We think during the brief time she was the only dog in the house (years ago) she may have filled the role of top dog, but it is now very annoying.

We dont have visitors to the house often but when we do she just barks and barks and barks at them until she figures they arent going anywhere (our other Chi is silent and very sociable)

Also if when were out walking and another dog comes close to her she squeels like crazy, appearing as though shes lost her confidence.

Shes never been attacked by another dog, but admittedly shes not 'socialised' with any other dogs other than our other younger Chi, nothing really should have ever changed since the days of puppy training classes but something has as she acts like super guard dog on high alert all the time now.

Id like to know the best way to go about training her to not bark at people coming into the house?
She will listen to me if shes barking at a noise in the house - but if someones near me she wont stop even if I tell her to.

Our youngest Chi is a nervy dog I wonder if thats anything to do with the dynamics also? Shes scared of everything (other dogs, even other Chis, noises etc) and always has been, but she loves people - they are literally like opposites!
 

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Maybe you could ask the trainer of the 'puppy' class if you could bring her back for a few weeks for socialization, and see if she barks there? I know I took several puppy classes with a severely shy puppy, but they only charged me for the first class. That puppy turned into a therapy dog at 2.5 years!
 

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I currently have a similar problem with my 5 yr old chi-mix. He's really insecure and does not like other dogs. He's learned to live with our eldest chi-mix which he had no choice since he came after our eldest dog Jake. They are like brothers now. My theory of why he tends to snap at other dogs if he gets a chance is he really doesn't want another dog to surpass him, as if we would love another dog more than him.

When we got him, he came with another sibling but we had to separate them because they were always fighting. He's only really been socialized with Jake and has attacked any other dog. He's even snapped at one of our clients at our gym when we had them over during the weekend which got us in trouble.

Whenever we see other dogs on our walks we just shorten his lead and ask him to heel. It takes some time for him to focus on our command but eventually he does it and we wait for the dogs to pass before continuing on our walks. As far as humans, try having your guests give your chi a treat whenever they enter so she could associate people with good things. We are currently doing this with one of our new dogs and it works very well, he loves people now, even willing to dance and give high fives!
 

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Mine used to get really barky when my step dad visited (he's a BIG BIG guy). I tried this: keep the dog in another room while my step dad got comfortable, then have the dog come in after that. Like you said, there's no need to try to repel the intruders now that they're already settled in.

After that they can try giving treats to her, and maybe she will start to realize that people coming over is great! My step dad can just walk in now and my dog gets so excited to see him.
 

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Thanks,
One thing I should mention is our house is entirely open plan - theres actually no where to separate the dogs unless its putting them outside which would drive the neighbours crazy hearing her bark and bark until we let her back in.

But I have tried giving her treats - although it was more to shut her up sometimes(!) she literally only stops barking to chew it then shes straight back to barking, she'll calm down a few mins after guests sit down etc - then the surprising thing is she'll bring them her toys to play!?
Its almost like she has a timer, that she has to bark for a certain amount of time first.

As our other Chi is little miss sociable, she'll by this point usually be on the guests knee and usually gets a telling off from little miss bark a lot - she does definitely get jealous, but obviously guests dont tend to want to stroke a barking dog.

She definitely has a doggy ego of wanting to be top dog (even when we had a dog a lot bigger than her) but whats so contradictory is when shes now so scared of any other dog when she never used to be.
 

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I've started a new plan with my dog loving friend' s help. She comes to the door and I put Mickey in a sit and treat. We've only just started, but it's seems to be working. I am doing one dog at a time. Since she and I plan ahead, I put Piper in another room.
 

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It sounds like she could do with more socialising overall. Even though my chis were socialised like crazy as puppies and we carry on doing so on most days, if we go through a period of not much socialising, they slowly lose their confidence and become more barky.

I agree with Momo that asking the guests to give her treats can work really well. Also you can try ignoring her completely until she stops barking, so that she learns that this behaviour doesn't work and brings her no attention. Then when she calms down, praise her and give her treats.
 
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