Saturday, 22 July 2017
Rick is is a beautiful dog but, as he becomes more confident with his new surroundings, his breed traits are beginning to show. He is extremely territorial and protective of his ‘pack’. In town this morning he growled at a man who walked a bit too close to us and then tried to attack the owner of the hardware shop who had the audacity to cycle down the street.
We drove to Bergerac last week and he barked at every vehicle on the road. It was a nightmare. We are now experimenting to find a solution. We tried to restrict his view by covering the rear window and put up a barrier between the boot and the rear seats. This worked perfectly until he found a gap and triumphantly popped his head through, the barking commenced almost immediately. We have filled the gaps and can now travel with him in peace.
For a more long term and dog friendly solution we have ordered a soft cage for him that has blinds you can just pull down to obscure their view of traffic. He loves crawling into small, covered spaces so we are hoping he will gradually accept the cage.
We love him to bits but he is going to need some further training, we might need to enrol him at doggy school.