I have a 3 year old mix breed Heller/Jack Russel. For some reason he barks at my wife when she enters or leaves a room. He will continue to bark until she returns and sits down. He does not exhibit this behavior with me. This guy is a bit neurotic, he barks at random items he feels do not belong. He will bark at an item that has been in one place and moved somewhere else. He is a loving dog but this is quite frustrating. Thoughts?
Sounds like a dog who has a hard time dealing with novelties/changes. The same behavior modification described above can be tried with the aid of a professional. Since this happens only when she enters or leaves a room, then you have a predictable behavior that you can work on. About the items, you can help him adjust to these changes by purposely changing them slightly and tossing treats and praising him everytime there's a change, but don't make the changes too overwhelming.
Updated on May 26, 2018
By Adrienne Janet Farricelli