Barrier frustration is a state of anxiety and agitation that dogs experience when they are prevented from reaching something they want, such as another dog, person, or object.
Some dogs are more prone to barrier frustration than others. For example, terriers are known for being high-energy dogs with a strong prey drive, which can make them more likely to experience barrier frustration.
Dogs who have not been properly socialized may be more likely to experience barrier frustration, as they may be afraid of new people, places, and things.
Dogs who are excited or aroused may be more likely to experience barrier frustration. For example, a dog who is excited to see another dog may be more likely to bark and lunge at them through a fence.
Dogs who are frustrated may be more likely to experience barrier frustration. For example, a dog who is trying to get to a toy on the other side of a baby gate may become frustrated and start barking and scratching.
Expose your puppy to a variety of people, places, and things from a young age. This will help them to learn how to behave in different situations and reduce their anxiety levels.
Barrier frustration is a common behavior problem in dogs, but it can be prevented and treated with professional help. If you are concerned about your dog's barrier frustration, please talk to your veterinarian or a qualified dog trainer.