Teaching a Dog to Stop Lunging at People Who Approach the Car

By: David Codr

Published Date: July 7, 2020

For this Omaha dog training session we help 3 year-old Black Lab / Golden Retriever mix Franklin who is aggressive to people who approach the car after being locked inside one when his house caught on fire.

I can’t imagine how stressful it must have been for Franklin to be caught in a house fire, then to be put into a car to watch as the fire department went to work putting out the flames. Its no wonder the dog is acting out when in the car now.

We spent a good portion of the session going over how to create a healthy leader follower dynamic, the imprtance of exercie an rewaridng desired behaviors. Once we finished that up, we headed to the driveway to film a free positive dog training video on how to stop a dog from acting aggressive in the car. You can learn how to teach a dog to stop lunging at people who approach the car by watching the video below.

The key to this secret to stopping a dog from acting aggressive to people when in the car is that you go slowly. The goal is to help the dog regain confidence while building up positive associations. The guardian will need to arrange practice sessions where someone the dog doesn’t know approaches the car in the structured way I describe while she rewards Franklin for not reacting.

It will take some practice for sure, but if the guardian goes at Franklin’s pace, she should be able to train the dog to stop protecting the car or acting aggressive to strangers.

To help the guardian remember all the other dog behavior tips we shared in this in home Omaha dog training session, we filmed a roadmap to success video that you can check out below.

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