She adds, "Dogs react based on their pack positions, the handling ability of their owners and the situation and context. People have the power to recognize this and redirect the interaction to that of friends."
Berryman is the author of “People Training for Good Dogs: What Breeders Don’t Tell You and Trainers Don’t Teach.
Following are tips Berryman offers to help owners understand the signals they are sending to their dogs when visitors arrive at the home.
Consider your dog’s “rank”
Yelling can exacerbate a dog’s agitation
How you treat strangers influences how your dog treats them
Remember, dogs aren’t trying to protect a home when they react negatively to strangers or visitors
By understanding and respecting how dogs’ instincts and natural behaviors differ from ours, dog owners can prevent bites and insurance headaches, Berryman says.
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