Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: a sleepy town near the very beginnings of the mighty himalayas
how to socialize our dog to people??
AJ fell sick when he was 2.5 months old and then had a recurrence just two weeks out and had to quarantined for the whole time. at 6 months, he was cleared to go out.
in the beginning, if he noticed people, good. he sniffed, good, he noticed and paid no attention, good. he stiffened up, we moved him further away. he moved towards them, we moved him away. ultimately he was able to stop and allow the rare passerby to pass by verbal command only.
at 9 months, a couple we saw everyday changed their route. the woman told her husband to turn around. he refused very angrily and got within a foot of AJ. AJ waited till the woman and he had just passed before he lunged. i held him by the collar, and he was an all fours immediately and leaning on my legs. the man turned and barked pashto at AJ. he tried to lunge, i told him to sit, they left, and we went back home.
since then, AJ has started lunging at everybody again. if we cross the same place he'll started jumping in the air, spinning and pulling until we're back in the yard. otherwise his barking is limited to strangers getting too close to his den (he stops when told) or on command. he is 10 months old now.
he doesn't behave like this with the couple of 'dog friendly' people he's met. it's just with the everyday sort who carry canes for their safety from strays and others.