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  • My dog HATES the meter-reader!

    My dog is a pretty calm dog. She hasn't been "certificate" trained but I've trained her with basic commands and have used a lot of what I've seen in various programs on Animal Planet and such. She is a good dog and I've had people comment to me that I have "worthless" dogs because they don't bark and growl at people who walk by my fence (my dogs are worthless because they aren't extremely territorial and aggressive??-SHEESH).

    Anyway. All three of my dogs are pretty quiet. All three bark if anyone or anything comes up in the back of the house that I'm not aware of (like to the back door--which only gets used for the dogs). But the minute they have my attention and I acknowledge them barking, they stop. Even if it doesn't go away (unless it comes closer or tries to come in the yard, then they bark again). But usually it's a stray cat or dog and when I go out and talk to the animal, it runs away and my dogs stop barking. I basically tried to train them where they'd forewarn me of any potential danger near my house without disturbing my neighbors with constant barking all day long (they don't stay outside at night but in the event it did have to happen sometime, they wouldn't bark all night long like the mutts across the street that never, ever shut up). LOL Sorry.........

    Anyway--long story short, my big dog HATES my meter reader. She barks at him in ways I have, in 4 years, NEVER heard her bark. She doesn't growl, show teeth or drool by any means. It's your typical bark/howl. But he is the only person she does this with. I tried telling her "no bark" through the window--which usually stops her bark dead in its track but she just starts back up shortly there after. I went outside and put myself between her and him (the yard is fenced so the fence is between him and me). And then when she went to bark I made some stupid noise to grab her attention. I have tried making her lay down and when she'd try to stand so she could bark at him, I stopped her and gave her a treat for laying down/not barking. I even had him cover over to the fence once and he pet her and gave her a treat and was talking to her and her tail was wagging fast as could be and she never once barked at him. But when he walked away, she was barking again. And I've seen him a few times when he'd stop to read our meter he'd go acknowledge her and pet her and whatnot and then when he went on his way she was barking again.

    I know this is only once a month and he's only around for 3 minutes maybe (reading mine and the few people around me). He's not at all afraid of her and he often tells her "no bark".....and when he does she stops and walks away. But she just ends up back a few seconds later barking again.

    If dogs are only supposed to see black and white--why is it she only gets this way with the electric meter reader (who wears a brown uniform) and the UPS guy (who wears a brown uniform). She doesn't bark at the FedEx guy! But she barks at the UPS truck when it's still so far down the road you can't see's like she can hear it and knows it's a UPS truck. LOL That sounds so stupid but I am SOO serious. It's just them two. And the UPS guy doesn't get out of his truck, she only barks at him when he drives by. So that one lasts all of 5 seconds tops.

    I'm at my whits end. I hate the barking at the electric guy--he knows she's not being aggressive. Obviously if he can walk up to the fence and stick his hands in to touch her she doesn't mean any harm. She doesn't usually bark for attention, normally it's a yippee "here I am" playful howl and she hops like a rabbit. So she does a "hear I am" howl and dance for attention. But this guy she barks at (or as good a bark as she can get out anyway--she's not a very good barker).

    Any thoughts or ideas?

  • #2
    Could be that its just the uniform. As much as you hate it, its probably best to just ignore the habit now, or else bring her inside to keep her quite. Its probably just a learned behaviour and will most likely be unbreakable. How old is she? What breed? (not that breed is an issue, I'm just curious.)
    The reason dogs are great is they wag their tails, not their tongues.


    • #3
      She'll be 4 years old next month (best guess--animal shelter rescue) and she's a Gray Wolf/Malamute mix by best guess on appearance. I also have a 12 month old Timberwolf/Malamute and I really don't want her to learn this behavior (though she's starting to). Unfortunately the meter guy comes any of 6 days and at any time so I never know when he's going to be around.


      • #4
        A few years back I had an interview for a meter reader. I remembering them asking me "Do you like dogs?". Hee hee.

        I do find the comments people gave you unfortunate. I mean, dog-forbid you not treat your animals as weapons but as family members.

        Perhaps the meter reader is like how dogs treat the mailman. I'm going to make a guess here: The meter reader travels throughout the day, door to door, yard to yard, dog to dog. There's a lot of scents that get carried along with the person and maybe your dog, along with other dogs are picking it up, making them more wary since the person seems all the more strange. Maybe it's the way he is dressed and maybe it has to do with what he is doing. Unlike a stray or jogger, the meter reader is actually taking time and doing something in the yard.. not just passing by. Maybe your dog, after seeing this person over and over again is suspicious?

        Or maybe it's just him.. maybe he has a weird and kind of threatening smell about him. Or maybe she likes him so much she wishes he would pay more attention to her instead of passing by once a month for three minutes?


        • #5
          |My dog also dont like poeple with uniform, but as You see dogs don't love them:)


          • #6
            what dog affraid of

            ussualy dog affraid, or shocked when a noise sound comes out from a machine like parking meter. and it ussaly dislike a tention between human.

            ~~~ The Most Rare n Bizare Animal in This Universe ~~~