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Hi all. Miss Jada is obsessed with looking out our bay window, she even sits up on the ledge. Now we have a really really huge problem, she barks and grows at people and dogs and squirrels that are walking around outside and hits the window. I have tried just about everthing to break her of this and nothing is working... well except now I have a huge board up over my window because she broke the window last week...
but I don't want to live like that, with an ugly huge board in my living room.Has anyone else had this problem? What did you do? Thanks!
 

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Thanks, Donna... I'll read through these and post later.
 

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A lot of good ideas in those articles...........except for the squirting in the face idea. This is a horrible thing to do - it makes dogs very skittish and nervous and shy when things come near their faces. I have been around a lot of dogs who have been trained with squirt guns and they are a mess.
 

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Right SamsMon, that is why I always try to post few different sites.No one knows everything and not all methods work on every dog.


I hope things are going ok.Is she crated when you are not at home?


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Redyre Rotties said:
Carly is she doing this while you are present, or while you are away?

How old is she?

Only while we are present. She doesn't have access to the room with the window while we are out. She is about 2 years old.
 

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Carly,



I would think you should do several things.



Work on stay and target training. Use a bath mat or dog bed for the
target. Put her there, and insist that she stay for 20 minutes. No
corrections except to put her back, and use your command word each time
you put her back. If you are consistent, most dogs will master
the target training in a week or so.



Second, work on your recall. I will post another piece about the Recall
Game. Practice this every day if you can until she is DASHING to you
each time you call her.



Also work on attention training using food and praise as your rewards.
You can find a short description about how to teach this in the Puppy
Training 101 piece that is here, or you can do a search about attention
training dogs.



Once you have a handle on these things, begin THRESH HOLD
desensitization training. You will need a couple of helpers to do this.
Find out how close someone can come to the window without your dog
having a reaction.



Then enlist your helper to come within this distance of the window.
Ideally you will present her with a situation where she notices the
person, but does not bark or lunge at the window. As soon as she
notices the person, call her to you, and immediately reward her. Move
to a different room, put her on the target, and wait 30 seconds.
Release and reward her.



Until you get a handle on this situation, this dog would be dragging a
line at all times when loose in the house. At any time she is loose in
the house when you don't want to correct her for this behavior, I would
have the room blocked off or doors shut, or she would be in a crate.



If she lunges toward the window, pick up the longline, call her to you,
reward her, and remove her from the room, to her target, and reward.



As she begins to be successful, and you are able to call her to you off
of this distraction, you can start to give a correction noise. You can
hiss, say AH AH, whatever you like. But don't use a common word such as
NO. Phooey is another good one which I reserve for only the most
heinous offenses. ;)



Your key things to remember are:



Train her to the target, and work diligently on attention and your recall

DO NOT allow the dog ANY opportunity to demonstrate this behavior for a
while. Keep her on a line, or in a crate when she is in the house.

Desensitize her gradually to these stimuli under controlled conditions.



I would also recommend you take another set or 2 of obedience classes as well, and also more exercise for the dog.
 
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