I would stop taking the pup to the office for now. Yes, you have a teen and they will be good one day and naughty the next. They need their naps and can't handle over stimulation very well. It takes about 2 years for our dogs to mature mentally. Your pup will need room, mentally and physically, to work this out. When he sees someone he thinks is iffy you need to reset him before he gets barking, otherwise you will need to do something to snap him out of it so that you can help him change his behavior. Once he's started barking you've waited too long. Have people ignore your pup. When you are out walking, no petting or reaching for the dog, they talk to you! That gives your guy time to consider this new person without pressure. If the pup goes to the person for attention, light petting only. We wouldn't want to be fondled by strangers, neither do most of our dogs.
As far as dominance, you don't really need to be a "pack leader" but you do have to be clear and firm about rules. If the dog gets away with a behavior once or twice, they will keep attempting it. And if it pays off that behavior becomes even stronger, like winning a jackpot! If you pup is wanting to play rough with your wife, use that to your advantage. Find a toy they both like to play tug with. Then ask your pup for a behavior and reward it with a quick game of tug. Just giving the toy to them isn't much of a reward, you need to do a little bit of roughhousing together. It won't take too much of that kind of work to take the edge off. Five or ten minutes your pup will start to look tired and satisfied. Even if he wants to go more you put the toy away and substitute it with a little treat followed by some down time. That is so much better than everyone loosing their temper or getting on their last nerve.
Do this a few times throughout the day. It is a good break for you and your sweetheart and the dog. Put on some good kicky music and it is even better.
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Last edited by car2ner; 03-26-2019 at 03:28 PM.