Hi, I have what I believe to be a cattle dog/australian shepherd mix... with possibly a little whippet in there too. However she appears to be acting most like a cattle dog, she is constantly tracking everything with her eyes and always wants to be outside. I am actually fostering her right now (most likely going to adopt her) She was severely scared (submissively urinated and no one could touch her) which is how she wound up with me and was not thriving at the local SPCA. It is very apparent she was abused and she was not taken very well care of. She is 9 months old and so far in the month I have had her we have made great strives. She initially would not let anyone touch her and for the most part (besides a couple men) people can now walk up to her and pet her when we are out and about. Initially I had problems with severe separation anxiety even when I was in the room. We have been doing independence training and have been working on "place" and she now must "work" to feed her self by solving puzzle games which hold her food. However one area continues to get worse She continues to bark at everything! While in the house if she hears people walking on the side walk she will growl and bark (does not matter what time of day it could be 1 am!) Out side she will bark at squirrels and neighbors kids and dogs however her bark turns more aggressive sounding if anyone gets close to the fence or walks their dogs by the fence. I have tried enough training which is a hit or a miss with her. Sometimes she is SO focused on whatever she is going after that she just will not break. Usually if I use enough and leave it you can tell she understands and is upset because she will look at me then and bark, do a couple of circles and bark some more while looking at me then go about her way without barking. Is there anything else I havent tried? We really don't have any training clubs in the area besides petco/petsmart and I am using the techniques the SPCA trainer gave me for now I will say the last two weeks we have been doing mostly 2-4 hours of ball and no running as I hurt myself and cant run. Also she has limited problems in other peoples yards (usually just dog aggressive then which I don't under stand why as she has been to the dog park and did okay) Also I have never had to worry about children and her she always plays with them and for the most part even the men she isnt keen about right away warms up to them. Its just putting people off when she greets them with a growl and I am having a very difficult time breaking her focus to correct ( hand in face doesnt work, we are still working on watch me and mastering that command but it doesnt work very well either) Does anyone have any suggestions that doesn't include choke or prong collars? (a private training company in my area used prong collars and she cried for hours and was not her self for days later, she listens better now without using them but I dont think its for her) Ive also tried tugging on the leash but it really doesnt help she completely ignores me. From what I have been reading a lot of this is normal for cattle dogs and I have two very strong herding breeds mixed in there. Suggestions and tips would be lovely!!!
Thanks in advance!