Dog Won't Let New People in the House

My dog will not let any new person in my house. Is there anything I can do to stop this? It almost seems like no one other than our household is allowed in the house. He even knocked my 8 yr old son over while outside when he was just trying to come in the house and almost attacked his 8 yr old friend. He jumped on him and put claw marks on his chest.


We can put him in his crate when someone comes over but he will continue to bark and growl the whole time someone is here. He is so bad sometimes we feel like trying to contact the dog whisperer! My fiance has threatened to get rid of him while I'm at work if something does not change soon. I'm not the type of person to give up but we have tried a lot of different things. Treats are not an option as he will take food off a plate or the table if you walk away. (I actually have another post up of the same dog asking his breed.)

By honey_angel135 from Danville, PA

April 16, 20090 found this helpful

Well we know who's boss there, your dog has decided he is. Is he new to the house? Has anything changed in his world? He needs obedience school, rather you do to know how to tell him you are the boss. I would put him in a closed room whenever this happens or something else that will safely tell him you don't like his behaviour. The pet stores and/or pet food stores will know a good trainer. They may even have some of their own. Don't leave it.

If the dog's behaviour has changed and he never did this before try to think back on what has changed for him. Has there been a health issue? Or something new been added to his life?

Good luck. He's a cute pooch, but your family and their friends are more important. You wouldn't want this behaviour to escalate.

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April 16, 20090 found this helpful

Sounds like your dog is insecure with new comers. Leave a bag of treats (GOOD ones) outside the door. When someone comes over tell them to grab a few pieces and when they come through the door, toss them to your dog. He WILL learn that new comers are NOT a threat. After awhile, it could take a few weeks, he will get used to the idea that no one means him harm. Hope this helps.

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April 16, 20090 found this helpful

My niece's dog who has bitten 2 people and tried to attack many others, including 3 kids, behaves exactly like your dog. Everyone who knows about her dog calls him he--- dog behind her back. All of the relatives dislike and are afraid of him because they fear for their kids and themselves, and no one will enter or be in the house unless the dog is locked in a bedroom.

My niece believes that we all love the dog since we voice our concern about him having to be locked up, and we do actually feel bad about that. I'm just telling you this so you will know how people who come to your house might actually feel, even though if you asked them, they would probably tell you they love your dog.

Some people don't realize that dogs with a bad temperament, like he-- dog, can turn even on their master or the kids in the house. When dogs get in a frenzy, as he-- dog sometimes does, they can not only bite, but also do a lot of damage to a child or adult. I mean your dog is big enough to knock down an 8 year old.

If your dog bites or harms anyone else, you could very well be sued. All the relatives have advised my niece to take her dog to obedience classes to see if he can become one of those loving, cuddly dogs we all love, but she can't afford it. Because she can't, when we talk among ourselves, we think she should either give him to a little old lady who never has any visitors, or put him down.

I know most people would have told you some of this in a more subtle way and wouldn't have said a lot of it at all, but I love kids a jillion times more than I love dogs and I am concerned for your son and other kids who might go to your house for a visit.

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April 17, 20090 found this helpful

I would choose an article from the link I am going to send you and then decide if it is likely to work or not. If the dog is too aggressive, remember that euthanasia is painless for the dog and that no aggressive dog should ever be kept around kids. It is nice that you love your dog, but it is better to be responsible. Here is the link:

Also this link is almost the same as consulting a professional since he is so good at training dogs.

I hope everything goes well for you, and that you are able to use this link and solve the problem. Feel free to write me and remember that there are a lot of wonderful non aggressive dogs being put to sleep all over in shelters. Robyn

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May 24, 20160 found this helpful

My son had a dog just like that. He was an American Bulldog and he was terrible with strangers. Only the family, a neighbor and a few friends he knew since puppy could visit with him around! This went in for 9 years. They always put him upstairs and a couple times he did bite. He was also dog aggressive so he never had much of a life. They tried a private trainer but it just never got better. Now they have a golden retriever, one year old and I still have nightmares he will get that way. The bulldog was exceptionally sweet to his family and I think it was an overprotective thing with him. I don't understand dogs and never will. Had them most of my life and each one was different. Good luck with your dog.

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April 18, 20090 found this helpful

Euthanasia is not the solution for people who haven't properly trained or socialized their pets! Killing this dog and replacing it with another will only create another unhappy animal with bad habits because your training and habits will not have changed.

The dog is obviously scared and nervous even in your pic. I doubt the dog wants to be the alpha but is a nervous naturally submissive dog who was forced into that role by you because no one is really being the alpha in your home.

You can turn this around but it takes work and everyone's involvement.

The treat suggestion is excellent. The dog also needs TONS of exercise. I'd take them for runs at least 2 hours a day and more if you can physically do it. The more exposed to the outside world they are the less they fear it. Also, tired dogs are happy dogs that sleep. Under exercised dogs need to burn off energy and get into all kinds of bad habits while doing so.

Combine the long exercise sessions with some training and positive reinforcement with treats whenever you can get the dog to focus on you instead of people or pets passing by. You need to learn how to body block the dog so they have to focus on you but it can easily be done. YOU just need the confidence to do it and you need to love the dog enough to put the effort forth.

Different family members should take the dog on the walks. If you're unsure about having them out in public; use a harness and a leash so you feel more secure or a basket muzzle if necessary so you can see how they react safely. You have to be confident before your dog can feel secure.

Victoria Stillwell has excellent training methods for dogs like this. You really need to watch and apply the training techniques. It takes repetition and patience but training through positive reinforcement really does work!

Please don't jump to killing the dog. This really is very fixable so you all can be safe, happy and healthy together.

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April 5, 20160 found this helpful

I have similar issues with my new rescue dog, but she goes to bite me if I try to put her basket muzzle on. During harnessed 'walks' (pulls!), she tries to bite people. She is a Romanian rescue, who has never lived in a home before; she was on the streets and then in kennels for nine months. It's getting very stressful, as everyone has stopped visiting totally now; the treat trick didn't work and she has nipped three people. I'm at a loss, now.

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April 18, 20090 found this helpful

OH, the obvious thing is that you NEVER reward nervous behaviour by trying to coddle the dog. You need to make sure you're in a secure environment and make the dog wait until they relax.

The second nervous or guarding behaviour shows; you can try putting the dog on their side like Cesar or just body blocking them but ignoring them (no talking to them) and letting them relax on their own.

Just like people, dogs have to face their fears or the fears grow into what you have now. Do it gradually and you'll see the wonderdog you wanted when you took the pup home.

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April 19, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you all very much! Yes my dog is new to the house. He was adopted January 31 of this year. He is starting to calm down a bit since we have been training him off the leash. We have a secluded area we take both of our dogs, my one dog Sam is a very good listener so I believe he is basically training bear. bear actually ran up to someone while off his leash and let her pet him! I couldn't believe it, but once we started to walk toward the person he started to bark at her a bit but never acted like he was going to bite her. It was almost like he felt like he was protecting us.

We have also been consistently working on the whole jumping thing. We have been watching the dog whisperer a lot and we are getting a lot from it. he will go to jump and i tell him with a stern voice "down" and it has been working. I just wanted to give an update on him, its just taking extra time to train him considering he was in an abused home b4 we got him. thanks for all the advise! It has been very helpful.

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April 20, 20090 found this helpful

If your still wondering what breed he is; its a pit bull. he might be mixed, but hes definitely got pit in him. The people have to come in and let the dog sniff them down. they can't be nervous or afraid of the dog. The dog can sense it. Don't discipline him for this because hes protecting you and your house. Isn't that what you would want him to do if someone broke into your house? Beautiful dog though.

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April 22, 20090 found this helpful

Your dog is genetically made to run endlessly and encounter danger, essentially all day, so lack of exercise and brain play are the background problem. How can he get ten times as much exercise?

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May 2, 20090 found this helpful

I can appreciate you "not wanting to give up". My husband and I felt the same way about an aggressive dog we had. The dog did not like men, except for my husband. He was a rescue dog from the pound, so who knows what happened to him. This dog loved children, but when my son's friends went through puberty, he started growling at them, too.

The bottom line in what I am saying is...this is a dangerous situation. Your dog is a ticking time bomb. My dog got out once when we were gone. My neighbor and his children were outside. My dog was playing with the children, but attacked their father. It was unprovoked and in the neighbor's yard. Of course, we had to put our dog down. We are just thankful that our neighbor was not hurt and because we were proactive enough to put the dog down, they did not try to take us to court.

If you are not a dog trainer, this is just a bad situation.

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December 2, 20090 found this helpful

Would you like to live next door to this dog? Most aggressive dogs don't get better. They get worse. I strongly suggest you look on the internet for charts which show which breeds injure and attact the most. Good dogs are wonderful companions. Why put yourself through this?

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March 5, 20100 found this helpful

Hi, I have learned that dogs are telepathic, they read peoples minds and I have learned how to communicate with my dogs, which I have 3 pugs and a corgi/chow and my mother has two yorkies and a long haired chihuahua and they all talk to me by number of licks! One lick is no, two licks are yes, and three licks are maybe, which I will also ask them questions out loud, and they will answer (with licks of coures)!

I also will have dogs that I don't know start talking to me when I encounter them, so I guess what I am saying is learn how to talk to your dog and find out why and how to communicate with him and you can explain to him that his behavior is not always exceptable! which all this may sound weird but I have a store where the dogs stay with me and people are shocked at this but it is true! Your dog maybe does not like the people,that you are letting in your house, dogs are a better judge of character then people are a lot of the time, learn to communicate with him! Maybe he is trying to protect you from these people!

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