Well, haven't fixed the stranger aggression at our door or on our property yet...(waiting for January, Mags! ) but I'm on cloud nine ATM.
It's daylight savings here, and last night it was so sunny there were quite a few people walking past our place, which isn't usual. I used it as an opportunity to train. If I'd see someone coming, I'd pop out to the side verandah and naturally, Zed would follow. He'd see the person, start to go off, and then I'd clap my hands and keep commanding 'that's enough' and ensure he obeyed my command to sit quietly. Once he had, he'd get lots of hugs, pats and praise.
So that was cool.
But this morning we had others at the bus-stop. He obeyed beautifully.
We have only lived here for about 5 months, and I've heard some dogs going off barking and howling for ages further up the hill, but could never see them. This morning I saw them, 2 beautiful GSD's (gush) and of course Zed heard them.
He started running around the yard barking. No probs. But it went on and he wasn't stopping. He was starting to get quite agro, barking increasing and all hackles up etc etc. Totally normal behaviour, but a great opportunity for me. Raced out, clapped my hands loudly and commanded him to be quiet, 'that's enough.'
Ruddy hell - he shut up instantly. Hackles went down, he came racing over to me and sat. Hell, did he gets some serious cuddling after that!!!
Sorry for the rant, but I am feeling sooo happy.