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Old 02-01-2019, 11:13 AM
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Dog aggressively barks and jumps on strangers who enter my house

I'll cut to the chase. My dog will bark loudly when newcomers enter my house. He used to calm down after we introduced him under supervision, but as of late, he's been far too energetic to even remain out of his cage when company is over. I have one of those chain collars that snaps. I was thinking about making the introduction like that. Any other suggestions? He very sweet, he just has too much energy sometimes and he's very strong.
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Old 02-01-2019, 02:51 PM
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Leash or crate.
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Old 02-01-2019, 04:00 PM
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Be careful when using certain collars for aggressive behavior!

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I have one of those chain collars that snaps. I was thinking about making the introduction like that.
I am not sure what type of collar you are referring to, but please be very careful if you are going to use any equipment or collar that will cause your dog pain or discomfort or anxiety if he is showing any type of aggression like you stated.

Most aggressive behavior stems from fear, anxiety, nervousness, stress etc.

So if your dog is reactive to the strangers coming to your home you do NOT want to cause any more stress to your dog by using a collar that snaps. If you use a painful or negative device your dog may soon learn that strangers coming to your home= pain or discomfort. This can actually make his reactivity worse.

If it merely excitement then you have to work on teaching your dog to relax. He probably hasn't learned what you want him to do. Can you do some "mock" or practice visits with a friend so you can teach your dog how to properly greet people? (ie, sit or lay down, or gentle sniff the visitor while standing, or sit for a treat, etc)

Or maybe in the beginning, hook your dog up with an amazing dog chewie or bone when visitors come over. Put your dog in another room with a baby gate and tell him that your friend is coming over. Then give him the awesome bone to keep him busy while you visit. Or you could set him up for a treasure hunt for small treats. Sprinkle very small bits of food (pea size) for him to find in the baby gated room while you visit with your people.

You want to create the association in your dog's brain that visitors are good. Hence when visitors come, your dog gets a bone or treats. Then when he starts learning and is way calmer, you can start working on proper introductions.

This is just one way to start the process.
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If he has too much energy exercise him more. Does he get enough time to run and play? Either with you or with other dogs? Depending on what he likes.
I haven't taken my dog to his favorite dog park for three days because it's been extremely cold here. Before that we went a couple of days going at night but being alone and just playing fetch because I wasn't sure if he felt a hundred percent.
Blood work came back normal today. And yesterday my friend took him for a walk which shes done many times before. She knows him very well and he likes her. She has a lot of dog experience.
She's used to him when he's had his normal hour or two daily at the park every day, not cooped up. He took off chasing a rabbit and got loose on her, pulled the leash out of her hands and even the loop off from around her wrist.

My point is any dog will misbehave if it's cooped up and doesn't have enough exercise. Even the little shih tzu I'm watching for a few weeks chased both of my cats in separate incidents yesterday because of the confinement the past few days. I guess he needs his time trotting around the park too! Good thing it's going to warm up tomorrow, although still be below freezing.

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Careful with the collar popping- it can actually ramp up some dogs more when they're in that excited state.
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