Dog Goes Crazy When Someone Comes Over? Here’s How to Stop It
Sick of not being able to have family and friends to your home because your dog goes crazy when someone comes over? Of course, and who wouldn’t be? It’s frustrating, and I’m sure you’re worried about what your dog might do if you don’t get control of the issue now.
Fortunately, though, this is a very common issue with a well-known cause. In this article, we’re going to fill you in on what’s causing your dog’s behavior, and how you can put a stop to it for good. Keep reading and we’ll get started!
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Why Does My Dog Go Crazy When Someone Comes Over?
Your dog goes crazy when someone comes over because they feel like it is their duty to protect you from this new person.
Dogs have been by our sides for thousands of years and are descended from wolves, so it makes sense that they may want to be protective of us when someone from outside the home comes over.
That’s not to say that you should just let this dominant behavior keep happening, however. Your dog is displaying disrespect for your leadership when they behave this way when guests arrive.
Continue to the last section of this article to learn how to stop your dog from going crazy when someone comes over.
Will My Dog Grow Out of Going Crazy When Someone Comes Over?
Your dog will not grow out of going crazy when someone comes over as this is not an age-related issue, but one of dominance.
It is vital that you show your dog that you are the leader in the home and that they do not have authority over guests arriving at your home. Left unchecked, your dog’s bad behavior will continue — and likely escalate.
Soon, your dog may begin biting people, and you’ll also encourage other behavioral issues to develop (if they haven’t already) such as barking, pulling on the leash, and aggression towards other dogs.
Will Medication Stop My Dog From Going Crazy When Someone Comes Over?
Medication will not stop your dog from going crazy when someone comes over. While drugs to calm dogs do exist, studies have proven that their results are poor and inconsistent.
Furthermore, the dogs who received the medication had the additional unwanted side effects of decreased activity level and a lack of desire for physical contact with their owners.
How to Stop Your Dog From Going Crazy When Someone Comes Over
To stop your dog from going crazy when someone comes over, you must address their issue with dominance. Your dog’s lack of respect for your ability to handle things is a clear sign that they feel they are the dominant one in the home.
You’ve likely heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there will be a pack leader. One of the duties of the pack leader is to protect not only themselves but also the other (weaker) members of the pack.
When someone comes over and your dog goes wild, they are showing you that they are the pack leader and that they are going to protect you.
You must make it clear to your dog that you are the one in charge and that you can handle things — including deciding who is safe to come to the home. Fail to do so, and your dog could escalate into lunging, snapping, or even attacking and biting.
Get a handle on your dog’s behavior — and prevent all the other misbehavior that come along with pack leader confusion — by showing them that you are their pack leader. Once they see you in this role, you’ll be able to have people over without worrying about your dog going crazy.
“Sounds great, but I have no idea how to do that.”
No worries, because there’s an excellent free video series on just this subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. And don’t worry, because he loves dogs just as much as we do, so no, you won’t have to be mean!
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. He makes everything very easy to follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so you’ll start seeing results in no time!
I’m sure you’re eager to see these changes in your dog and end all the other behavioral issues you’re likely having with your dominant dog. Just remember that this is a common problem, so you shouldn’t feel like this is some giant mountain that can’t be conquered.
Good luck with everything, and be sure to pin and share this in case you need to read it again later on!