My Labrador does'nt bark at strangers
by prebhi Kumar
I have a 6 month old Labrador pup.I have a trainer who comes to train her.The problem is she is very timid.When i take her out for a walk,she is very scared of new sounds,and i find it very difficult to control her as she runs all over the place,and is very busy sniffing other than walking.
The only time she barks is for food. The trainer has trained her for sit,stay,fetching the paper etc.He has asked me not to pet her too much,but what do i do to make her bark at strangers?
Your puppy is still a baby, and shouldn't be encouraged to bark at strangers at this age. It sounds as though she is already a bit timid or anxious, and trying to teach her to 'guard' or 'protect' at this age will make the situation much worse.
Most dogs have a natural desire to protect their homes and families, but this often doesn't begin to show up until adolescence, or maturity - which is a bit of a way away for your pup.
The best thing to do is to continue with the training and socialization, as this will help improve her self-confidence and help her behavior overall. She needs to realize that the world isn't a big scary place, and you are already doing the right things to help her with this.
Just give her time, love and affection (but don't 'baby' her if when she acts fearful - I think that is what your trainer is probably saying) and be patient. As she grows, if a situation develops where she feels you are threatened, she will bark, I am sure of it, just don't rush it.
Best of luck with her.