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Ivy 
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I have a problem with my dog and I would kindly ask for some help.

My dog doesn´t like strangers. If somebody wants to pat him (unknown grown person) he starts to barking at him. In other hands, he adore children and other dogs, no matter if they M or F.

In fact, when he sees person second time, he is like a baby.

So ,what should I do with this first contact with unknown people?

Is this only his nature or I have a really big problem?

Thank you
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I think it is just alarm barking. What will he do if you take him to a crowded place full of strangers? At any rate, I think you need to do 2 things:

1. Socialise him more.
2. Make him more secure by giving him a clear command how to behave. You need to teach him this command first before you expect him to obey it.

Ivy 
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Thank you, I also think that this is some kind of alarm barking and maybe lack of selfconfidence.

When we are on a crowded place full of strangers, his behaviour is normal. We walk normally, he doesn´t even look who is pass nearby. Also, in a restaurant, he lay down on a floor and just watch around without any stress. The problem is if somebody wants to touch him

You know, don´t touch me and I want touch you (barking at you)



Thank you, I´ll do as you said

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He might be simply afraid: our friend, the cocker , is the best dog there is with all dogs, but is afraid of grown people and also barks at everyone who approaches him - only people he doesn´t know,
On the other hand - maybe your doh doesn´t like to be touched - he is rather big. Some big dogs don´t like to be touched on certain places, like the head, for example, or the back.
My Sherman has absolutely no problem with people, is friendly toward everyone to a fault, but he doesn´t like to be touched on his head. When children or people want to pat him, I explain right away to pat him on his chin or on his back, which he likes , and not to touch the top of his head.

Ivy 
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He might be simply afraid: our friend, the cocker , is the best dog there is with all dogs, but is afraid of grown people and also barks at everyone who approaches him - only people he doesn´t know,
On the other hand - maybe your doh doesn´t like to be touched - he is rather big. Some big dogs don´t like to be touched on certain places, like the head, for example, or the back.
My Sherman has absolutely no problem with people, is friendly toward everyone to a fault, but he doesn´t like to be touched on his head. When children or people want to pat him, I explain right away to pat him on his chin or on his back, which he likes , and not to touch the top of his head.


Yes, I also noticed that he doesn´t like to be touched on his head. Maybe he think that a hand above his head is an attack and he barks to defend himself.

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I think it´s quite normal for dogs to dislike being touched on top of the head or the back. People should stroke them more on the side towards the shoulder.

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You´re right - on the other hand I read about big, dominant dogs having this particular dislike.
Also, in the dog school we were told, that one shouldn´t approach a dog directly from the front and bow over his head - he might feel it as an approaching attack and attack himself.

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You´re right - on the other hand I read about big, dominant dogs having this particular dislike.
Also, in the dog school we were told, that one shouldn´t approach a dog directly from the front and bow over his head - he might feel it as an approaching attack and attack himself.


Once a young boy rushed at my bitch Keira and kissed her on top of the head. She did not like it one bit and gave him a nip on the cheek. Fortunately the boys parents said it was his own fault.

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You were lucky - most of the people in such situation would accuse your dog of being a dangerous dog!
Those folks must have known something about dogs.

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They did have dogs themselves and the boy was used to kissing them on the head. Unfortunately my Keira was not like their dogs.

Alicia 
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I agree, socialize him at dog parks, regular parks that allow dogs, friend´s houses. Anywhere you can get him to interact with people and/or dogs. Try introducing him to new people by letting him smell the new person first and then if he shows signs that he is ok with that person, let them either give him a treat or pet him on his side. Never above and over the head because it could make him nervous or angry. That´s because your dog can´t see what the person is trying to do and might go on the defense because if it. If you´re going to take him to someone´s house that has a dog, socialize both dogs outside the house first because the dog that lives there could be territorial if you bring your dog into their house. Don´t give treats unless you give it to the dog who lives at the house first because they can become aggressive about this too.

Ivy 
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Thank you people, you are very kind.

I have to say, this weekend some unknown woman try to pet Zorro and he permit it

Before that, I said her to pet him on his chin and after few minutes Zorro gave her a big kiss

You can´t imagine how happy I was.

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