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Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
I'd also keep my dog kind of hungry, and everytime we left the house I'd have a training bag FULL of treats, and a fistful in her face everytime someone new came near.
Much better to set her up to succeed and praise her for being quiet when people are near (hard to eat the liverwurst and bark at the same time) than try to clean up the 'mess' when she's freaked out and barking.
BTW, chances are this is 'fear' agression from lack/under/improper socialization from prior to you getting her. So once she gets more confident with YOU and trust YOU and know YOU aren't making her be in charge but are in charge yourself, this should also get better.
Also, if you can always use your body to be between your dog and who ever is coming this is called a calming signal and helps our dogs. Them ahead of us, when we unintentionally physically put them in charge of a meeting they are absolutely not prepared for, usually will have them barking to keep the scary away away away rather then dealing with the stress of having it come close.
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