Okay, so since I've had Kane (February 2013 at 8 weeks of age) he has been aggressive towards men. Not my make family members, he's fine with them, but strangers. In our home he will only allow blond men to stay without getting a whole bunch of attitude and snarling and snapping at them. And then he'll sit in my lap for comfort. I guess he is okay with blonds because my dad and I are blond. He adores my dad, btw. But he'll greet my brunette grandfathers in the house with toys and kisses and love. I have worked with him on positively associating men with good things happening since I got him. Progress has been slow, but noticeable. In public he will now approach a man confidently but not aggressively and sniff them while wagging his tail. Unless they're looking at him or reaching for him. When they do that he hides behind me. So I feel like his aggression is probably fear based. Anyway, I always have people running up to pet him. I can't blame them, he really is a looker. He adores women and kids and greets them happily. But every time a man comes up and starts trying to pet him, he regresses. Which is why the progress has been so slow. I've had a FEW men ask if it would be okay to pet him and I would tell them that if they didn't reach for him and gave him a minute, he would come to them. And he would always go to them! But most people don't believe in asking before petting a strange dog because he must not have any issues if he's in public. So my question is, what are some polite ways to let people rushing toward Kane know to stop and leave him alone. I don't particularly enjoy being rude and prefer to try to be nice first. But two trainers I've spoken to about it both told me to just be rude because he's my dog and I'm the one having to deal with his problems.
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