Dogs can tell alot about people, our dog will instantly bark and growl if a not so good person pulls up in a car beside they seem to be on guard before the car stops.Then at other times they just watch.
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My dog barks at people when I walk her. I dont think its for protection as much as to make me aware that someone or something is approaching. We live in the forest and I have been approached by friends, also cougars bear and bobcats.
Hi and I agree! BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.....I think a little barking is natural. Baby Star is deaf, so she doesn't even know when other dogs are barking at her! haha. I love the trail thing and wish I had somewhere like that to walk...but you can never be too safe....glad you have an awesome buddy!!!! XOXO, Jojo
As I said, generally I'm the only one on the paths. So this behavior doesn't happen often. And I don't let them lunge or growl, but I am happy when they bark to let me know someone else is there. I'd love to find a walking buddy, but that has yet to occur.
I agree with ACICEDA that you don't want the barking to escalate. Dogs who act protective of you are also more likely to be dominant over you and will likely not listen to you when off leash. Also consider when using dogs to protect you that they will only deter the casual and unprepared offender. Someone who has a weapon will just shoot the dog. Try to find safer areas to exercise in where the dogs don't need to protect you would be my top recommendation. Maybe find an exercise companion as an alternative. Birgit
I think barking is not necessarily the problem as long as it doesn't escalate to lunging. I'm not sure your size but definitely don't want them to lunge at someone and inadvertenly escape your grasp and end up nipping or bitting a person who is just passing by.
Are you nervous (due to early hours in the day or late hours at night) when people pass you by? The dog may be feeling that as well.
Enjoy your walks though. I'm working on socializing my dog a bit more to people so I can take her to a park.
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I think that is the job of our dogs and they do it well. I have always felt so much safer for having a dog in the house and on walks.
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I am fortunate enough to live in an area where there are many trails and parks within 20 minutes of my house. I walk the dogs each day, and generally walk them at a different park each day. Most of the time, I find I am the only one at the park, or on the hiking trail at the park. But occasionally I run into other people. When it's people with their dogs, the dogs get excited, do some sniffing, etc. All is good. But when it is someone with out a dog (runners, hikers, etc), especially if it is a man and he is alone, my dogs go crazy barking at him. I know they're just being protective of me.
So, is it wrong that I allow this? I don't have a problem with them barking, I even thank them afterwards for protecting me. I don't want people thinking that they can come up to me on these walks. I frequently walk early in the morning, or late at night, and I walk my three dogs by myself.
I feel safer if they bark a little... That's okay, right? Z
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