Wednesday, 22 September 2021
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Breaking the habit of a dog growling at visitors at the front door

Dear Cathy,

My dog, a Yorkie-Pekinese mix, barks at every noise he hears. He goes into a frenzy when someone comes to the door. If I let them in, he is very aggressive and will even bite visitors. If I leash him, he gets worse. He is 4 years old. I adopted him three weeks ago from a shelter. They did not tell me that he bites. Is there something I can do to make him less frightened and less aggressive? — Myrna, CT

Dear Myrna,

You’re smart to realize that aggression can be related to fear, and sour newly adopted dog might be intimidated by your visitors. Ask the animal shelter about his behavior. If he is this aggressive now, he must have shown some aggression at the shelter. Perhaps they can offer you some training support to help modify his behavior.


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