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Hello

My wife and I purchased a MALE 8 week old cross Maltese Shitzu November 2019 when he was 8 weeks old. We named him Darcy.

We enrolled him in a puppy school at our local vet early December for about an hour each Tuesday evening for 4 or 5 weeks and there were 4 other puppies also enrolled. Apart from being interested in the other puppies he went well and learned many 'skills' such as 'sit', 'drop' etc etc. One of the learning sessions for for socialising with the other puppies via treats placed on the floor so they came together. He was ok there.
We had him neutered at 6 months old.
He is now becoming a very loving but often mischievous dog.

Apart from being extremely friendly to our two daughters and the much larger dog owned by one daughter he is EXTREMELY unsociable to other people both in our house and outside on walks and also a bit aggressive to other dogs.
He barks and barks at them and keeps his distance from them but still strains on his leash.
We want him to be friendly with other people especially those who we invite into our house.
He loves going on walks but is always looking around him in case there is someone or dog in the area.

We cannot find any listed dog dog training schools in our area (Blue Mountains NSW Australia) and seek some guidance and help.
 

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Thanks for that advice. We wondered if our dog was exhibiting signs of fear.
We will look into each suggestion.
 

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Sorry meant to also advise that our dog shows no fear (does not bark or try to avoid) of any of the staff at our vet and wonder if that is because he is very familiar with the premises as we went to puppy school in the same building when he was 3 months old.
Also he is now accepting of our friend who lives in a street nearby after visiting her (our friend) a few times on her property (at first he kept his distance and barked but now will approach her).
Lastly he loves our two daughters as mentioned and also one has a dog MUCH larger than him and he just wants to play with that dog and has been the same ever since they first met in our house when he was about 4 months old.
So he does have a few humans he accepts and one dog.
 

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Thanks
It's just trying to teach him not to pull on his leash and bark when people or dogs he doesn't know come into his vision.
We have tried moving to the other side of the road and also facing him in the opposite direction and also rewarding him with a small treat when he is not as aggressive with no apparent improvement. We were just wondering if anyone had any more tips. We would love to be able to take him on a walk and be friendly or at least bot interested in people and dogs like we see other dogs do. And this is especially true of people who we invite into our house. Maybe we should ask if strangers in the house offer him a treat to come close and stop barking?
 

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Well I thought that our puppy had become a bit more socialiable (but that was only when outside the house on walks
) but yesterday our grandson came to stay with us for a few days and our dog just wants to bark and growl when he sees him and will not go anywhere near him. It's as if our dog is scared of our grandson.
I feel that covid-19 has something to do with this as since the shutdowns started in March our dog has NOT had any socialising with other people. Our 2 daughters are the only people who enter our house who he doesn't bark at and is friendly with but he met them when he was a small puppy.
I so want him to not be so unsociable with friends and relations who visit us. Our previous dog did not have this problem.
What can we do to fix this behavior?
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Thanks for your reply and advice.
Happily our dog (10 months old) became friendly with out grandson on the third day. We had taken both down to the river and walked for about 40 minutes having our grandson sit in the front seat of the car on the way so that the dog didn't have to sit next to him (and possibly growl and carry on). During the walk (on a load) our dog started to walk next to our grandson and then allowed him to pat him and on the way home they sat next to each other on the back seat and our dog actually cuddled up to our grandson.
We are wondering if our dog is hyper sensitive to any one he doesn't know. We remembered that a few months ago when lying on the floor next to my feet and resting if I moved my feet even 1/2 of an inch he would immediately jump up looking startled - he did this all the time. He often will growl or bark if he sees a reflection on our glass interiors door move and also if he sees other dogs on our tv (he runs up to the tv and stands on his back legs and growls or barks).
Maybe he needs medication. We will talk with our vet.
 
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