Barking and lunging AFTER meeting people...??
Ollie has sporadic outbursts of aggression, and I'm trying to figure out how to handle them. I was just reading the fear vs. protective sticky, and I'm still not sure what's going on with him.
First off, he's only 9 months, so he's a puppy, but I'm trying to nip this behavior in the bud, as I live in a populated area. I walk Ol every day, and take him to the park etc, because I have a backyard that's smaller than a postage stamp.
When he was younger, Ol would bark at pedestrians walking by, mostly out of fear. He has since stopped this, to the point where we can walk past most people without a problem (I can tell if he's too interested in someone by the perk of his ears so I'll call his attention over to me instead). Last night he barked at a jogger who ran right at him and scared the He$% out of him, but I can't say that that was entirely his fault.
However, sometimes he'll bark and lunge at people AFTER they've said hello, let him sniff their hands etc. I'll be chatting with the person and everything will be fine, but then he'll just start barking. I immediately correct him and I usually turn and walk into him to tell him to knock it off. Again, doesn't happen every time, just sometimes.
I can't really figure out what sets him off, and I'm trying to keep a close eye on him to see what sets him off. Has anyone else had a similar experience? After reading the sticky I'd say it was fear, but fear of what exactly? The people we meet aren't displaying any kind of aggressive behavior.
Any ideas guys??