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In fact, your dog may be so motivated to bark at the perceived threat that he may ignore your shouts to stop barking or any scolding you might give him. We bred dogs to bark, so do not get upset if your dog barks at sudden sounds like car doors slamming and loud noise in the street. If he starts barking again after he is seated, shake the set of keys again and repeat the sequence. If your dog starts barking once he sits down, repeat the sequence again and do not reward him until he sits and remains quiet.
This version of How to Stop Your Dog from Barking at Strangers was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on August 11, 2015.
Barking at strangers is not problematic if a burglar enters your home while you're sleeping. If your dog is barking out of fear, confine him to a crate while the stranger is in your home.
As an owner, you may appreciate that your dog barks to alert you that someone is at the front door. Even if you use harsh punishment to stop your dog from barking, he may try to take control of his territory by biting someone. Most canine experts agree that yelling, scolding, or even hitting your dog for barking can in fact make his barking worse.


However, dogs who bark at strangers require training to ensure they do not become too aggressive towards others.
If your dog enjoys running around outside in the yard, place a tall fence around the yard to your dog cannot see strangers across the street or in the neighborhood. If he remains seated and quiet, give him several more treats for the next several minutes until the stranger is gone.
If your dog tends to bark at strangers when he is outside of his home, you can distract him from barking by using special treats that are soft, like cooked chicken, cheese, or hot dogs. Instruct him to nibble the treat as he is walking past a person who might cause him to bark.
Some dogs tend to bark while riding in the car and can feel anxious or fearful of strangers on the street or in other cars.
Training your dog to quietly welcome all strangers is unrealistic, but training to eliminate excessive barking is necessary. Do not leave your dog alone with a stranger and do not have a stranger hand a treat to your dog. But excessive barking or barking at strangers may be indications your dog is mistrustful or uncomfortable around new people. This type of barking occurs because your dog is fearful and sees strangers as a potential treat.


Often, anti bark collars are a form of punishment for your dog that should be a last resort, not a first option. Encourage his silence by feeding him pea-sized treats like cooked chicken, hot dogs, or pieces of cheese. You can also put a head halter on your dog during walks or around the house if he tends to bark. Your dog will think you're barking at the stranger too, which increases your dog's frustration and increases the amount of barking. Some dogs with fear aggression will bite someone as they're leaving without warning, according to the ASPCA.
Your dog may bark when he sees strangers in the park, on the street, or in an unfamiliar place.



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