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Have you ever wondered why your dog barks at the mail carrier?

Have you ever wondered why your dog barks at the mail carrier?

Is your dog usually very calm and mild-mannered, however, turns into a little barking monster when he or she sees the mail carrier? Don’t be mad, it’s simply in their nature, dogs tend to be protective, and some breeds are naturally more territorial than others. This of course doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t teach your dog to stop with this unwanted behavior.

But what can you do about it?

Well, the obvious solution may be to introduce your dog to the neighborhood postal worker, so they are familiar with them and don’t see them as mean strangers. However, it’s very unlikely that most postal workers would have time for this. There may also be some liability issues that prevent doing a meet-and-greet.

But anything you can do to socialize your puppy can help improve their reaction to strangers later on.

You can also prepare your dog to better handle situations involving other people and animals — including squirrels, other dogs on the street, and the dreaded mail carrier who just keeps coming back day after day — by teaching them basic patience-building commands such as “sit” and “wait.” Of course, you need to reward your dog with a treat for that quiet behavior.

Is there anything you absolutely shouldn’t do?

Yes! There are certain actions you should avoid. Don’t yell, and don’t respond to your barking dog with attention — they’ll see that as a reward. Instead, provide positive reinforcement, whether it’s a treat or praise or a favorite toy, when they show the sort of quiet behavior you’re looking for.