Hello. I have a 3 year old male silky terrier and a 4 year old…

Hello. I have a 3 year old male silky terrier and a 4 year old female Yorkie poo. Recently a brown lab puppy has moved in behind me. Not sure of its sex. My male dog is going crazy trying to bite and get to this lab. We even put lattice work over our existing fence to provide some security. My male will not let him alone the entire time the lab is out. My male will bark consistently at the dog, bite at the lattice work and run back and forth. He is normally submissive to my female and this is very out of character for him. Any suggestions/ideas???

Kim Ryan

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Kimberly, Thanks for your question. I am not sure if you are looking for advice on how to keep your silkie from barking, or if you are looking help to try to avoid the situation? So, I’ll try to do both. I think that the lattice was a move in the right direction. If your male is upset with the new neighbor then you need to provide a more substantial solid blockade so that your dog cannot see the lab. However, I wonder if you could try to resolve the frustration or curiosity of your silky by talking to… Read more »

7 years ago

Hi Kimberly,I asked our dog trainer, Marla your questions and this is her response: "You might try doing a desensitization exercise with your terrier. Have your dog on leash and determine how close your dog can be to the lab puppy without becoming aggressive. This could be halfway to the fence or you may have to start inside the house and work your way out. While your dog is calm and not exhibiting aggression toward the lab puppy, either click/treat your dog or say "yes" and treat your dog. Lots of yummy treats to begin with. Once you feel that… Read more »