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My 7.5 months puppy barks at strangers who try to approach

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My 7.5 months puppy barks at strangers who try to approach him. What can I do??
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Aside from this barking, have you noticed other behavioral changes in the puppy? Does he appear to be in pain?
Customer: No he is not in pain. He whacks his tail but bark at the stranger at the same time
JA: What's the puppy's name?
Customer: Mascau
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: Nothing in particular. He goes to Day care 3 times a week

Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I have been in the dog field for 25 years. I am a Therapy Dog & AKC Evaluator/trainer/ as well as an assistance/service dog trainer, specializing in behavior. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I am reviewing your question now.

It sounds like there may be some fear issues. A wagging tail does not mean a dog is happy. It is the position of the wagging tail that states the temperament.

The dog may be feeling cautious or nervous and so this type of temperament will act out to keep what it fears away.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
He is not a very confident boy from the start. Not able to social with other humans and dogs during the pandemic didn’t help. He got better after going to Puppy Day Care. Recently he does bark a bit more when he hears noise in the house or doorbell ring etc. But this barking at approaching strangers is an issue

Dogs need to know that their owner will not put them in harms way so if this happens on a walk, cross the street, or turn in the opposite direction of the person/dog


Teach a leave it and a heel command to one hundred percent and use this as you walk at a distance from someone.

Don't try to have the person offer a treat by hand, they can however drop a treat on the ground and they should totally ignore the dog.

Strangers should not be allowed to just approach him or they may get bit.

Do some behavior adjustment training with the dog and use friends and relatives to be the strangers.

If the dog's temperament is fear/ anxious, it is likely the dog will never trust strangers because this type of dog needs to see consistency in its life. Strangers do not show consistency.

Zac George -loading the clicker

Clicker training/positive method training/ print off

Behavior Adjustment Training


use a variety of items for training leave it so the dog knows it pertains to everything in its sight. Include using a remote control car for moving items

clicker leave it

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Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Thank you

You are very welcome:)