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I'm sure most dogs are not keen on the postman visiting and go into guard-dog mode. My Maisie, who is rather nervy, barks a lot and will shred post if given half a chance ... Bess my puppy is quite chilled about the whole thing.

Well, returning from a walk a couple of days ago (in the car) I saw that the postman (lady actually) had left our house and was across the road ... I opened the car boot slowly saying "stay" with leads ready ... got Bess's lead successfully on but Maisie shot out like a bullet and dashed over the road up to the poor lady and barked away furiously (she's tiny so can't have been too terrifying!) ... postlady screamed, spooking Maisie who went running off at top speed down the road :eek::eek::eek: with me in hot pursuit with Bess on lead.

Eventually got her back (lots of bribing with yummy treats) ... she was trembling ... and when I got back to our house I apologised to postlady who looked none-too-pleased.

Any advice welcome for future encounters. It would be quite funny if it wasn't embarrassing!:eek::( Do others have a problem with this?
 

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Wow she actually ran after her! Poor post lady haha.
I definitely have the Izzie barking at the postman problem when he comes down the drive & posts the letters & walks back up the drive, she goes mad barking in the window! But never had her actually chase him or anything, when delivery men come she just wants fussing, that's generally her problem. But she won't do anything to the post either, just barks at the postman. Like you, Poppy doesn't seem to care either haha, not sure how you can sort it tbh :/ Unless you got postmen to treat them (which they wouldn't have time to do) then i'm not sure there is much that could be done unless you could train not to barl, but I wouldn't even know where to start with Izzie! :/
 

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It's the first time she actually chased ... usually just barks ... but if there's a delivery I have to sign for it's very difficult (and embarrassing). I think I will have to keep her behind the kitchen stairgate to pre-empt problems in future.

Afraid I've never really been able to teach Maisie front door manners as she is nervy and on high alert.:eek:
 

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I know what you mean, although with Izzie it's generally that she wants everyone she sees to come & fuss her, so when she is sat in the lounge window in the daytime, she barks at everyone who goes past! But we're not really sure how we would go about stopping her as she's done it most of the time, it's just started to get worse over time.

Tbh though I don't really mind because the amount of time my next doors neighbours border collies have woken me up barking in the mornings at 7:30 because they get left outside in a pen in the garden while people go to work & school is unreal!

So I just think i'll let Izzie bark later at night so that they get a taste of their own medicine :)
 

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No it;s really not & it's also really cruel on the animals! It's every monday to friday every week (minus school holidays), plus we've confronted them about it & they've done absolutely nothing about it, my room is also right next to their back gadren so it sucks for me when I have a day off in the week because they wake me up at the same time everyday :(

Aww thank you Sue :D Yes all visitors do make a fuss of her, but passers by don't unfortunately :/ So she will sit and bark until they are out of sight! It can sometimes last a while if there are a few people around lol.
 

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I would speak to postlady and ask if she would be willing to be introduced properly to Maisie.Give her a handfull of treats and let her feed her and stroke her ,hopefully once she they get to know each other it will help.

My problem is Buddy is too friendly now and whenever the postie comes to the door and i have to open it he trys to shoot off outside and get in the postmens van???
 

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Hi Sue, silly Maisie andit must have scared you having her run down the road.

One of the 'It's me or the dog' programmes dealt with the postman issue, but, sorry, I can't remember what she did! I think it involved sitting with dog outside and distracting/treating and saying 'postman' - maybe someone else might remember.

I keep Izzy behind the kitchen stair gate when I sign for post as our house front is on the main village street and I fear her running out the door onto the road.

Good luck! Xx
 

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I would speak to postlady and ask if she would be willing to be introduced properly to Maisie.Give her a handfull of treats and let her feed her and stroke her ,hopefully once she they get to know each other it will help.

My problem is Buddy is too friendly now and whenever the postie comes to the door and i have to open it he trys to shoot off outside and get in the postmens van???
Thanks Donna ... I could try a proper "introduction" with the postlady but don't hold out much hope as I tried this a few times with the gardener to no avail! :rolleyes: It's nice that Buddy is friendly and not scared though.

Hi Sue, silly Maisie andit must have scared you having her run down the road.

One of the 'It's me or the dog' programmes dealt with the postman issue, but, sorry, I can't remember what she did! I think it involved sitting with dog outside and distracting/treating and saying 'postman' - maybe someone else might remember.

I keep Izzy behind the kitchen stair gate when I sign for post as our house front is on the main village street and I fear her running out the door onto the road.
Thanks Cara ... I do like Victoria Stilwell's approach so might try to find the postman episode somehow. The kitchen stairgate is a permanent fixture in our house so that will be a solution for now.

I don't have these problems with Bess, but it's Maisie's nervy "high alert" way that make some training very difficult!
 
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