Aggression with Invited Guests
Kai and Beck
We have had Kaiser Allen since he was 8 weeks old. He and I bonded instantly and intensely. He is perfect with my kids, rescue Beagle, and cats. Allen makes every moment of the day brighter whether he is sitting in the bathroom waiting for me or telling me to stop walking around because he is tired and does not want to follow me from room to room anymore. We absolutely adore him. When he was small, we had visitors come over frequently to help with socialization. He would be on guard and barking a little but got over their presence quickly. Now at 125 lbs. I warn guests before they come over. He sounds scary and looks scary but after a few minutes, he will calm down. Normally this is not an issue but in the back of my mind, I am a little nervous. I try to love on the people when they come in or completely ignore them to show him it is no big deal. I am talking men, women, and even small children. He used to just bark and try to herd the person away from me. Then bark some more. I would usually have the guest give him a treat and stand there until Allen was finished. I would pet and reassure him that everything was fine. Lately he jumps in everyone’s face to bark and seem fierce. It works. Most guests get frightened. To be clear we do not have visitors often only occasionally now. For the ones that stay he ignores them unless they get up to move around or walk down the hall. Then he guards me again-not jumping this time just barking. When we are away from home, he could care less. He will completely ignore someone or normal bark at them unless they RUN up to me. I cannot help but feel like I missed something in his training and this is my fault. I am not sure what else I can do or if I am making a bigger deal out of it than I need too. I think in the back of my mind I am just a smidge frightened that he may bite someone-even though that is not breed behavior. The barking does not bother me, which is part of who he is it is more that he has to be an inch from someone’s face when he is barking that is the problem. I have leashed him when someone walks in but that seems to upset him. Is this normal behavior that I should down play or do you think it is a problem and I may need to take him to a behaviorist?