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Question: My dog has either become protective of the house or scared about people coming into the house and barks at them. Do you have any suggestions for additional training to help?

Hi Ed:

I was hoping you could give me some insight on my GSD's behavior.

A little background on Rio: I adopted her after she was abandoned at the boarding stable where I have my horse. At first she was dog reactive and would always bark at dogs while we were on a walk or if close to us, after taking her to training she has not had problems with barking at other dogs on our walks. I have had her for about a year now (she is about 2) and have taken her to training. There I was taught how to correctly correct her with a prong collar and she has responded well. However, about 6 months ago, she has become either protective of the house or scared about people coming to the house. With my roommates, boyfriend, and parents coming she is fine. If a friend she doesn't know comes to the house and knocks she will run to the door and bark furiously. When she sees the person, she will stop barking sniff then start barking right in front of them. Also, if she sees them in the hallway or in the house, she will run up and bark at them again even if she has already seen them 5 minutes ago. It makes for a nervous situation. I have tried working with her by doing a recall and having her down-stay. I am debating about buying your Tri-Tronics Bark collar. Do you have any suggestions for additional training? Such as a hard correction using my prong collar?

Thank you,


It sounds like your dog is unsure/fearful.  By using a prong collar in this situation you are basically going to make her MORE afraid.  In a dog’s mind "new people = corrections." You will actually make her worse if you correct her for unsureness.

I would keep her on a leash all the time, even in the house. I would not let her interact with people, she needs to stay with you in a controlled manner.

You can read this to get our definition of socializing. Even though she’s an adult now, the info is still good.

you need to be a strong leader for her, let her know through consistent handling that you won’t tolerate her behavior and at the same time, tell visitors to ignore her completely. Don’t look at her, talk to her or try to pet her.  Pretend she’s not there. I think you’ll be surprised at how much more relaxed she will become if she understands that there are rules for her and that you are completely in charge of the situation.

I’d also recommend the DVD Pack Structure for the Family Pet

You can also go to this link and type “fear” into the search box, we have so videos there about fearful dogs/pups.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes


For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Aggression or Fear Biters.


Question: Now that we've progressed in training, my dog seems to have too much prey drive and can't focus when working on obedience. Should I be working on capping his drive?

Hi Cindy,

Love what you guys are doing over there, new videos are great.

Here's my question, I have an 11 month old GSD, and we started doing our protection work about 1 month ago and having a lot of fun with it, but when we try to work obedience now it seems I have to get him worn down before I can even start to get him to focus. It  seems his prey drive is almost taking over all the obedience training I've done with him.

I just watched a video from Michael Ellis about capping is that what I need to start working on?

Thanks for your time.



I think you have skipped a few crucial steps in getting this dog engaged.  He’s pretty young and I would recommend going back to basics and teaching him engagement and then how to play with you as outlined in:

The Power of Training Dogs with Food

The Power of Playing Tug with your Dog

You can’t really work on capping if you can’t get the dog engaged with you.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Protection Training Puppies.


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