Thursday, 28 October 2021
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Pet World: Dog Growls At Visitors At The 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, Connecticut

A: You’re smart to realize that aggression can be related to fear, and so your 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.

In the meantime, if you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, there are things you can do to reduce his aggressive behavior. Please be persistent and consistent with the training over the next several weeks. The more you practice, the quicker your dog will learn.


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