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Old 02-10-2018, 07:46 AM
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Stranger Anxiety

Hey, another post about my lab mix, Brisco. In public, he ignores most people. He certainly doesn't LIKE strangers, but I don't let them pet him and he just kinda ignores them. Usually.
But then, suddenly, he'll get defensive towards someone. He's never bitten anyone. But the hair on his back will stand, his ears go back, and if we hang around long enough, he'll bark. The people he gets aggressive toward vary in gender, race, clothing, and personality. Sometimes they're ignoring him when he starts. I can't pinpoint what exactly he's scared of.
He doesn't go many places, but sometimes I do need to take him in public. We go during slow times if possible, and we don't stop to talk to people. I am always between him and the other person. I'd like him to be friendly to people, but I think ignoring them is a more reasonable goal to shoot for. Any ideas?
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:32 AM
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Hi, I recommend a book called "Click to Calm" by Emma Parsons. It's got a great training plan for this exact problem (either people or other dogs). Keep everyone safe while you're working on it, like you're doing. Let me know if you'd like more info on this topic...
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