Oh wow my dog is barking at everything now.
Lucy was 7 months old. Suddenly she was barking at distant things in the dark. Then she was barking at people on walks. She was barking at people and dogs at agility class. She was barking at everything.
It’s pretty tough to go from perfect, calm puppy to scary dog on the street. The technical term for what we were going through is reactivity. I was scared to walk my own dog.
Reactivity is really common. But it’s not easy to fix. We’re still working on it. We asked our trainer for advice. We read a lot of books. And we carry treats on every walk.
Now Lucy looks at us for a treat when she sees scary stuff. But she can still be triggered especially in unfamiliar environments - like on hikes (more on that later).
Here are some of the reactivity resources we found helpful:
Most importantly - get help from a professional!