As title says, I'm in need of some advice. I've recently (jan this year) acquired a black Labrador bitch who is now 6months old. She is settling in nicely and is in general a lovely loving dog, in the house she's good, she's also good with our kids , and gets on with my other little Cocker.
The advice I am needing is in the form of how to stop her from barking. Initially she was a very quiet dog, and in general she still is, but she has started barking at "passer by's" . If we're out alone in the training field she's quiet as a mouse , she behaves well and gets on with things , but part of her training at the minute is her heeling work which she heels well both on and off the lead.
The heeling work involves her walking up the street sometimes and thats where the problem lies. If she seas someone across/same side of the street she just starts barking at them, I don't think she's being aggressive as if the person approaches she try to make a retreat with her tail between her legs.
Weve tried distracting her with treats, which she just takes then barks, we've also tried turning away from whom she's barking at but she just turns her head round and barks. What I have noticed, is if I've got the other dog with me she doesn't seem to do it as much, she will still give voice but not as much. With this I'm on the understanding it may be a confidence thing and this is why I could do with some much appreciated advice.
Ive always been a Spaniel man and Lucy (the Lab) is my first Labrador and I've never come across this in any of my other dogs. Like I said earlier ,in every other aspect she pretty much quiet, and she's coming on really well apart from this problem.
If any of you have come across this problem in Labs/dogs before and could point me in the right direction I would be extremely grateful.
Many thanks in advance,