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Hello

I have 2 dogs, one loves other dogs one loves other people, the first doesn't like other people and the second HATES other dogs (or at least it seems that way)

This message is about the second, Cookie. She barks at every animal we see, ferociously. Even in the house, if something walks by she goes knutts barking. It's grown to where she now will bark at some people when we are walking. It is embarrassing to say the least. My other dog does just fine but when Cookie starts barking she gets upset and will start fighting with Cookie, it's quite a scene. We live in an area that has a lot of other dogs, cats, squirrels, people.. all the things she likes to bark at. They don't even have to be near us, if she can see it, she is barking.

We've tried everything I can think of:
Turning around and walking away, she continues barking until she can no longer see what she is barking at.
Getting her attention on me, she looks at me for a moment then immediately goes back to barking at whatever it is.
Squirting her with water, no effect
(I hate to admit) spanking, still no effect she continues barking.(the spanks are only light taps on her bottom)
Standing still waiting for what ever she is barking at to pass by and be out of sight, she will continue to bark
Running past the object, kinda works but I can only run so far
My daughter will pick her up and carry her, she blows in her face when she barks.

I don't think this is friendly barking, when she is barking she is pulling on the leash and growling. Sometimes my two dogs get into fights during one of these episodes. My other dog is generally great on walks and is enjoyable to bring out, but when Cookie gets into one of her fits Georgia Peaches (my other dog) attacks her and they start fighting.

They are both small dogs, please help I'm at my whit's end
 

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I believe Cookie was a "puppy mill" mom before I got her, and when she wasn't having more puppies they gave her away. She and Georgia Peaches get along famously ever since their first meeting. I always give her praise when she stops barking and looks at me and anytime she stops barking and continues walking. I am a firm believer in praising good behavior. I would much rather remove us from the situation so she can earn her praise than to have to discipline her constantly on walks. I have my windows completely covered, yet she always knows when something is outside, be it a person, cat, or another dog. She doesn't pay any attention to the tv, and is such a love bug to us, if I were to try to show her a picture she would just lay on it and demand love from us. She loves love hehe.

Unfortunately we are staying in a motel while we wait for our new place to be ready, and I am as broke as broke gets. I need to focus on feeding us more than treats right now. We reward with extra love and belly rubs (sometimes popcorn) but I don't like to give people food. We've finally got her to stop begging when we eat (actually it's more of a "I'm not begging" but at least they're doing better on that).

Thank you for your suggestions, I will try anything I can to get her to calm down. I know she will enjoy her walks more if she could stop too
 

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I also have a 14 year old (human) who says she loves animals, but still treats them like toys. I don't give my dogs any attention when I first get home until they are calm, this makes my daughter angry, she says I'm being mean. I give my love to my dogs at my will, and they relish in it. they definitely treat us differently, my daughter reigns her love on both dogs all the time, and wonders why the dogs always come to sit with me, even if I am not petting them or loving on them at the moment.

I'm generally very good with animals, even been accused of being able to read their minds lol. I think I'm just very good at reading body language. this period in our lives is a strain on all of us, Georgia Peaches (the younger of the two dogs) seems to be the one it is effecting least. Cookie has always been this way, it's not something new, but could be being enhanced due to recent events.
 

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Unfortunately with all the animals in this area keeping the distance threshold is impossible. On any given walk we will see up to, or more than, a dozen other dogs, not to mention cats, squirrels, large birds and people. I am definitely going to try the sprinting, as much as I can. I will also be trying to walk her with out Georgia Peaches, although Georgia Peaches get so upset and doesn't understand why she doesn't get to go. she will howl and cry the whole time I am gone. I'll have my daughter walk Cookie alone too, Georgia Peaches doesn't mind if they go with out her as long as I don't go with out her LOL.

Just out of curiosity, is popcorn bad for dogs? could it be used safely as a treat until we get back on our own two feet?
 

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we've been trying really hard to work on this, it's not getting any better. Today while walking her, she saw a cat and started freaking out. It scared the cat so bad it ran into the road and got hit by a car. I'm devastated. I saw the owner find her cat. I know Cookie doesn't know what she has done, and we are not punishing her. It is just more proof that we need to rectify this situation ASAP. Help
 
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