If you have a dog who has a history of suspicious, reactive, or aggressive behaviour towards strangers and/or visitors, the best thing you can do is go into full management mode

This means that you cannot let your dog greet visitors at the door. You must secure the dog first, using two layers of “protected contact”:

  • a baby gate and a muzzle
  • an exercise pen and a muzzle
  • a leash and a muzzle
  • a baby gate and a leash
  • …you get the idea…
  • or have them in another room behind a securely closed door that they cannot open

This is not an area where you should take a risk as a bite is not a joke. 

If your dog is showing concerning signs towards people: