So I think that it's kind of important for Rocky to be protective of his home and his family, so I dont want to train it out of him (I know thats probably impossible anyway) but I also want to make sure that I'm not reinforcing his behaviour by trying to stop it.
If he sees someone or something as a threat he'll get all protective and bark like a maniac (would be heaps scary if you didnt know him) but he wont stop until he's basically dragged away chocking because he pulls so hard on his collar. He doesnt bite, he just barks - but still!
When he does it I try to get him to sit and look at me and then I praise him, treats etc, and if he moves or turns his head I say 'Uh uh!' or 'No!' but this only worked once. Tonight when he started he wouldnt stop, so I had to walk him away. Before he started he was getting treats, soon as he started that stopped, he was given a chance to calm down, but he didnt, so he got walked off and no more treats. He wasnt exactly in the wrong... but I would have liked him to stop when I told him to (seeing that theres no threat - I understand though that he may have thought there still was a threat)
So basically, what should I be doing when he starts barking and getting all defensive? (in situations where I cant avoid it before it starts)
Sorry if that didnt make sense, trying to watch a movie and stay awake at the same time which is a struggle