Extremely Territorial! Help!
I have always been a dog lover and I have three large dogs of my own, but I am at my wits end with my boyfriends German Shepherd! We have been dating for about four years and I have only seen his dog (Chester) twice. He was never socialized as a puppy and now he is very territorial. No one can walk into the house except my boyfriend. Chester has to be locked into the back bedroom before I even open the door. He has bitten two of my BF's friends when they opened the door by themselves (not seriously injured and they did not fault the dog), and I am not risking it. We tried meeting on neutral ground outside of his comfort zone, and he was perfectly fine, but I can not be in his house. Even if he hears my voice, he barks incessantly from the back room until he can't hear me anymore. I don't know what to do, I feel terrible that he has to be locked up when I'm there, but I refuse to put my safety in danger (the dog weighs more than me!). Also, he is about 10 years old, is it too late? Any advice or help would be great! Thanks so much!
Also, I am not afraid of him at all, so I am willing to try different techniques. I just don't want to risk stressing him out too much, or getting hurt myself.
Last edited by moscoops; 02-13-2013 at 12:39 PM.