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My dog is a queensland healer and agressive when people enter the house. How can I get him not to attack them with a borage of barking in a agressive attitude? He doesn't bite just act like it. He settles down after I get in his case by yelling at him telling to lay down in his spot. No matter how many times the same person (everyone) comes it is always the same thing. I'm stay with a friend and it is the same thing every morning the barking me yelling then the calming. I don't want to wear out my stay with an unrulely dog.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
When someone comes have your dog on a leash. You can teach an alternative greeting such as the sit instead of wild barking if you have control of the dog.
A product such as this one www.gentleleader.com will give you a lot more control over your dog and its mouth with a behavior issue like this.
More general control can be gained by practicing a program called nothing in life is free with your dog so that the dog sees you as the leader in all things including guest greeting. You can read about that program here www.ddfl.org/behavior/nilif.htm
The better trained your dog is the fewer problems you should have from your pet.
www.apdt.com is a place you can look to see if you can find a trainer near you for general training help.
You might also find teaching the dog that barking once to announce a guest and then going and sitting on the dog's bed and waiting will gain it a nice treat that it really loves. Lots of things you can do but I think you need some help in learning the skills needed to get to that point with your dog so check out the trainer website.
Hope this helps you!

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