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I ♥ Bailey and Annie!
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All my life I would of loved to have a watch dog as I never had a seceruity system. I live out in the middle of nowhere and it is pitch dark out here. Most of the time, the bad thug people just blow up mail boxes in to bits and pieces. I see that all the time.

Yesterday I had an epidural steroid injection in my neck, which was extremely painful, but they are still trying to get the severe pain under control. My aunt and mother had driven me. When we got back home we went into the house to see Bailey.

Bailey went absolutely nuts at my aunt barking and barking running close to her and backing up. Bailey's tail was all the way under her belly and her ears were alll the way back against her head.

It took a long time coaxing with a lot of treats, but Bailey eventually did calm down, not completley trusting my aunt. Maybe it was her smell too, she has two dogs and Bailey is very leary around other dogs she does not know.

I've never seen this behavior before in Bailey. I have had strangers in the house before when I'd been home all day and Bailey greets them well. I wonder if this situation was different due to me being gone all day long. Bailey hates it when we are all gone.

Now I don't want a watch dog. I want a dog who is going to live happy in our house without any behaviors. I did socailize Bailey very well, but not with people coming into our home. Since I broke my neck 1.5 years ago I haven't had the strength to clean the house well and it is messier then usual. I guess it's time to clean up and start invitiving people over once in a while.
 

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Did you ever have the trainer come to your house? I seem to remember You had some issues with Bailey and your daughter? I'm sure the trainer could help with this too.
 

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Sorry about your pups behavior. How close are you to your aunt? I unfortunately do find dogs are a very good judge of character. If your dog does not like your boyfriend....he probably is not worth it. It could have been a gesture or a smell. Who knows.

My dogs are "watch dogs". A year ago September we were robbed. I had three dogs loose in the house, two goldens and a lab... They watched. :doh: Actually I am glad they did, they were not hurt. Things are replaceable. If my dogs had been hurt I would have been beside myself. I do know my lab especially would protect me if she needed to. It happened on a walk a loose dog came FLYING at me, and she got between me and the dog and got right in it's face. It backed away, was not aggressive.
 

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Yes, I had the trainer come to the house and the trainer was well aware the H1N1 virus ran rampid through our house. We sprayed the whole house with lysol before she came over. She was here for just over 2 hours and gave us "homework/exercises" and we do them 10 minutes a day. We mostly have resolved the issues between my daughter and Bailey. It didn't take long either. I can't afford another visit from the behavior specialist.

This is my favorite aunt! She is a great person with a big heart. I'm going to sign up Bailey for further obedience classes real soon. I should sign her up today.
 

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Many trainers will answer questions over the phone...especially since you have already used her services with Bailey. I would try calling her and see if she can offer more insights to the problem with the greeting of your aunt.

Maybe some of the forum trainers will see this and have some helpful advice.
 

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I will call her today to see if she can help over the phone. We do correspond through email regarding my daughter. I really can't afford another visit. She is very expensive and she charges for gas milage as well. I live 55 miles from her.
 
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