My 9 month old puppy has recently in the past 2 weeks started to bark once with hair raised and run up to customers.
Dexter has always been super mellow. But lately he barks at women and men. It only happens at our store. No one has been so afraid that they leave but they do look afraid. Who wouldn't with a 85 pound gsd that just barked coming your direction. When he reaches them he smells them all over and then returns to his spot. He isn't like this at home or outside in public.
I really want Dexter to be a therapy dog. Is this a fear phase? Or is this ruining his chances to do therapy. How do I nip this in the bud? My next step is to stop bringing him to work with me and leave him alone at home