I'm tired of getting in trouble for Eko barking at people who just walk into our house. I say it's their fault, for just walking in after I've been telling them ever since Eko was 10 weeks old "Knock before you come in". But at the same time the guys I live with will tell people to just come in without letting me know so I can hold onto him. He doesn't bark at people who live in the house. I don't know how but he knows when it's someone who lives at the house or visits frequently, and when it's someone who he's only seen once or twice or never. He usually starts the barking as soon as the door starts to open.
Basically what he does is when the stranger walks in he charges toward the door barking but stops about a foot in front of them and holds them at the door by barking until I
tell him to relax or grab his collar. My boyfriend and my roommates can't calm him down, usually because they are ramping him up by yelling at him to shut up and chasing him, which just makes him circle the new person and pins them to the spot. If I am doing something and don't jump up to get him I get yelled at to get my dog and to train him better. I tell them I'm not going to try to train this out of him because I DON'T like just anybody walking in, I mean come on that's one of the reasons I got a GSD! One of our friends he barks at always just barges in, yelling that he's here, then kicking the door shut behind him. Needless to say, that sends Eko into a frenzy and he's lucky he comes over often enough that Eko doesn't just run up and bite him. I've told him countless times if he doesn't like it not to do that.
Maybe I'm totally wrong here but I don't think Eko has done anything wrong, it's only people he doesn't know well and a few times when people he does know have startled him but on those occasions it's like one bark then he's running up to rub on them and give kisses.
If I am wrong, does he need trained? I'd say I'd just put him in the crate before they walk in but 9 times out of 10 I have NO warning.
Edit: I wanted to add that once I tell him to relax he is absolutely fine, and goes up to sniff and lick them. I just have to give the O.K.