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Overprotective dogs

Dogs can become overprotective for any number of reasons.

Perhaps you are fearful and the dog picks up on this. It could be he was not socialized at an early age. Whatever the reason, it is something you need to curb before it gets out of control.

This type of behavior can lead to more serious aggression, and you don’t want that. You can’t expect a dog to change his behavior simply by forcing him to interact with more people, but you don’t want to confine him either, because doing that will only reinforce their overprotective instincts.

One of the best ways to get your dog used to other dogs and people is to go on walks with them. Have him accompany you on the walk and maintain your calm-assertive energy. This, with the calming effects of getting a workout, will eventually help the dog to realize more. You may want to have the other person with a dog, walk several paces ahead until your dog gets used to their presence.

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