Friend needs puppy advice

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So my friend Christina found this puppy walking on a busy road....they have decided to keep her.
The only issue is she's already guarding the house. Growls and barks at people when they come inside.
My advice was she should let the puppy meet the people outside, get to know them before they go into the house.
Any other advice would be awesome!
 

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How long ago did they find this puppy and did they make an attempt to find the owner before deciding to keep it?
 

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The puppy had no collar on and was in an area known for people dumping out unwanted pets. We discussed trying to find the owner....but without a collar, anyone could say she was theirs if they saw a pic on a flyer.Especially considering she's a brindle bulldog looking mix. We have looked at lost ads on Craigslist and several facebook pages that are for those purposes. She hasn't had her checked for a microchip yet, but I highly doubt she has one.
 
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How old is the dog? (ish?)


If she is truly guarding the home then I'd say your advice is good. If she's simply being fear aggressive then the best course of action is to instruct all visitors to completely ignore her. No talking, no attempting to pet, no eye contact, no offering a hand to sniff, no giving treats. Literally act as if there is no dog. That will ensure the dog does not feel threatened and can then feel safe enough to investigate the guest and get comfortable with them. As guests enter the owner should have the dog on leash and feed the dog treats to try and keep her focused and calm (so they don't have to deal with the barking) during that stressful time. Or put the dog in another room while guests are coming in. Once everyone is settled and the dog is not on the verge of reacting anymore the dog can be allowed to investigate (assuming she's not a bite risk) the guests. The guests must remember to ignore her even if she seems like she likes them. The owners should not let her investigate for too long at a time, they should periodically call her back for treats. If she is not safe to allow near the guests (she's a bite risk, your guests don't like dogs, or they won't follow instructions to ignore her) she should be leashed and given a food stuffed toy to keep her busy and prevent her from getting frustrated about not being able to investigate the guests. Or she can go in a separate room while they are visiting.


Fear aggressive puppies are a bummer, believe me. I just hope they don't make the same mistakes I did. They should never, ever try and force her to interact with anybody, no matter how gentle and encouraging you are trying to be. Even if you aren't really forcing but just trying to encourage by having the guest kneel down and talk gently. It just makes them more paranoid that all the people are out to get them.
 

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The puppy is around 4-6 months. A few people she is fine with and others she barks/growls at. I will definitely mention the ignoring as I think they have tried to encourage her to be friendly.Also putting her on a leash and treats are great ideas. Thank you Maxy.
 

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How old is the dog? (ish?)


If she is truly guarding the home then I'd say your advice is good. If she's simply being fear aggressive then the best course of action is to instruct all visitors to completely ignore her. No talking, no attempting to pet, no eye contact, no offering a hand to sniff, no giving treats. Literally act as if there is no dog. That will ensure the dog does not feel threatened and can then feel safe enough to investigate the guest and get comfortable with them. As guests enter the owner should have the dog on leash and feed the dog treats to try and keep her focused and calm (so they don't have to deal with the barking) during that stressful time. Or put the dog in another room while guests are coming in. Once everyone is settled and the dog is not on the verge of reacting anymore the dog can be allowed to investigate (assuming she's not a bite risk) the guests. The guests must remember to ignore her even if she seems like she likes them. The owners should not let her investigate for too long at a time, they should periodically call her back for treats. If she is not safe to allow near the guests (she's a bite risk, your guests don't like dogs, or they won't follow instructions to ignore her) she should be leashed and given a food stuffed toy to keep her busy and prevent her from getting frustrated about not being able to investigate the guests. Or she can go in a separate room while they are visiting.


Fear aggressive puppies are a bummer, believe me. I just hope they don't make the same mistakes I did. They should never, ever try and force her to interact with anybody, no matter how gentle and encouraging you are trying to be. Even if you aren't really forcing but just trying to encourage by having the guest kneel down and talk gently. It just makes them more paranoid that all the people are out to get them.
^ Great advice.
 

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The puppy had no collar on and was in an area known for people dumping out unwanted pets. We discussed trying to find the owner....but without a collar, anyone could say she was theirs if they saw a pic on a flyer.Especially considering she's a brindle bulldog looking mix. We have looked at lost ads on Craigslist and several facebook pages that are for those purposes. She hasn't had her checked for a microchip yet, but I highly doubt she has one.
Pretty simple solution would be to not include a picture of the dog on the flier. "Found female puppy around X months old, call to describe." Finding a dog in a certain part of town really does not absolve someone from their responsibility of attempting to find an owner. Dogs get stolen. Dogs slip their collars. Some dogs simply don't wear one for the owner's personal reasons (mine almost never wear collars, that doesn't mean I don't deserve to own them or give someone the right to keep my property if they find them).
 

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When we found a dog we did a few things. Legally you're obligated to search for a dog's owner for a certain amount of time before you keep it. I believe here it is 14 days but you need to look up what the law states in your area.

1. Call shelters and give them a description

2. Scan for a microchip just in case

3. Put up flyers/ads. I put up ads with pictures in the shelter and in the vet offices but on craigslist, etc just put up ads with 'Found terrier mix. Call for more information' I didn't put sex or anything on it. You WILL get weirdos calling, especially from craigslist if they think they can flip a dog for a profit. So if they can't tell me she's a small 20ish lb yorkie looking mix and female then nope. Not giving you the dog. You'd be amazed how many people would just reply with 'yep that's my dog' and no description or gender given.
 

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Thanks ya'll, never occurred to me to put up flyers with no picture. Will forward this info to my friend.
 

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