Strangers at the house - How to train not to bark when I'm there?
My girl is almost 9 months, and an emerging issue is how she treats unfamiliar people that have 'crossed the boundary' (Entry doors/back yard). Situations where a stranger breaks the boundary are about the only time she uses the big dog bark. For the appearance of a guard dog when I'm not home, I really don't mind that she does this.
The problematic aspect of it is when I'm home. Even if the person enters the house with me, she'll sometimes charge them up until about a 4-5ft standoff, then bark. What would be optimal is if she would disregard / positively respond to people that are being acknowledged by me.
The 'strangers giving treats' approach outside of the house worked fantastic, and she positively engages most people in public (she shys away otherwise). I worry, however that doing this for people entering the house makes the positive connection to ALL strangers, and can knock out the barking at intruders perk...
I'm sure this is something that everyone to some varying extent has addressed, because it seems that this is playing into some kind of emerging territorial/protective impulse. That being said, if anyone could share some insight on how they addressed it, I and the handful of future utility and delivery people that would have scared the crap out of would be most thankful!