How can I teach my husky to identify the difference between good and bad strangers and react?
I have a husky that's two years old. I am desperately seeking advice on how to make her "react" unwelcoming toward strangers outside! She's friendly toward anybody that comes near the gate and does not bark at them and shows no sign of driving potentially dangerous strangers away.
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Huskies by nature are NOT guard dogs, in fact quite the opposite. I'm not saying it couldn't be taught, but it is not a natural instinct, so teaching it is going to be a lot harder. It is also a type of training that needs to be done by a professional. My very first dog was a guard dog. A real guard dog. Her training was several thousand dollars and on going. You can't really teach "bad stranger vs good stranger" You have to teach attack commands or have a dog that is going to treat all strangers as bad until told otherwise. Again these are not traits that can be taught by someone who has little experience with training. We lucked up. The person in my area who does the primary training for K9 police dogs was willing to train our girl. This was 13 years ago and ran $75 an hour.
All dogs can be taught just about anything, but by nature Huskies are big babies who love everyone. They are a breed more likely to lick a robber instead of biting them.
Thank you for the answer, it makes sense. She is very friendly and loveable. I think I will try the option of placing another dog with 'guard dog' behaviour with her. Hopefully she will change her behaviour and learn through observation and copying.
That's a very good option. Quite often dogs learn new "tricks" easier simply by being with other animals that do them. Good luck!
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