When our dogs bark at strangers, there are usually a few possible factors that lead to this behavior. The most common reasons that dogs bark at strangers include:
Being Territorial: Sometimes dogs can feel extremely protective of their home and their humans. Dogs may see strangers as a threat to their territory, causing them to bark at unfamiliar faces. If your dog only barks at others when they approach their home or come close to you on your walks, they are likely to be territorial.
Excitement:Sometimes our canine companions are so overwhelmed with excitement to see a new face, that they bark at the sight of strangers approaching them. If your pup is barking at strangers with a wagging tail and wiggly butt, it’s very possible that they are just overcome with joy.
Lack of Socialization with People: Sometimes our dogs bark at strangers due to not being used to their presence. An unsocialized dog tends to bark at the unfamiliar, leading to a rude introduction when they meet new faces.
Fear: Similar to lack of socialization, fear of the unknown can cause our dogs to bark and growl at any unfamiliar faces. If your dog is afraid of new people and animals, you may expect your dog to bark at any strangers that approach you or your home.