|Barked: Fri Dec 7, '12 9:04pm PST |
|With Maya, she had a major tendency when I got her to growl, bark or even go as far as to lunge at strangers when she'd spot them close to where she was if she was in a house or yard, etc(never on a walk though unless they were especially scary!). Now.. I'm not saying Kato does this... But here's my experience with it..
When people began offering or tossing her treats, even without asking for specific behaviors, she began associating those people with treats. The barking began to dim, as did the growling and the lunging. By the end, the lunging was completely gone and she would only bark or growl at someone that was particularly scary(carrying something unusual like a bunch of lumber, etc, or wearing coveralls - or if there was a marijuana smoker around, she'd growl at them too).
But again, with the treats, those unwanted behaviors pretty well diminished because she associated the treat with strange people and eventually, pets too.
I'd do as was suggested above, and add a cute note saying to ask for a sit or something if you're particularly concerned about it, or to wait until he's quiet before tossing him a treat, etc.
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