Nobody adores a dog that shouts at every new face that crosses their path. While they simply may be trying to protect us, it can be a bit embarrassing when our pet dogs bark at strangers in sight. So in this article, we will dive into the basics of teaching your dog to not bark at strangers. So what makes our dogs bark at strangers?There are a few possible factors that lead to our dogs bark at strangers. Some of the most common reasons that dogs bark at strangers include: Being Territorial: Sometimes our pet dog can feel very protective of their home and their humans and might see strangers as a threat to their territory which causes them to bark at unfamiliar faces. If you notice that your dog only barks at others when they approach their home or tries to come closer to you when outside, they are likely to be territorial. Excitement: Sometimes our furry friends get so excited to see a new face that they bark at the sight of strangers approaching them. If your dog is barking with a wagging tail and wiggly butt, that’s a sign of joy.Lack of Socialization or fear: Sometimes the reason why our dogs bark at strangers is due to not being used to their presence. Fear of the unknown faces can cause our dogs to bark and growl. How to make your dog learn to not bark at strangers?Now that you are aware of the possible reasons why your dog is barking at strangers, let’s get to know about the different training methods that can put an end to this annoying habit. Do not pay attention to the bad behaviorIt is important to make your furry friend realize that no attention will be paid when they bark at strangers. Try to practice this method by making sure that the stranger knows to avoid eye contact and attention when the dog is barking and jumping. Once your dog stops the bad behavior, ask the stranger to reward them with a treat. Once your dog begins to behave well around strangers, be sure to increase the reward each time they greet a stranger with respect. Distraction Method Another beneficial way to keep your dog from barking at a stranger is through distraction. Once your dog starts to bark, divert their attention with a noise. Once you have distracted them from barking and gained their attention, you can instruct them to sit calmly. Make sure to reward your dog with a treat each time you are able to successfully calm them. Move Away If your dog is not understanding that they can’t bark at strangers, it’s best to stop the interaction if they continue barking. Immediately turn around and walk in the opposite direction as the approaching stranger. Doing this will show them that they do not get to engage if they continue to bark. Once your dog has successfully stopped barking, you can then offer them a treat and repeat the process until your dog has learned the lesson. Just like any other command, learning to behave around strangers can take time. Be sure to keep trying new ways we discussed above and your furry friend will be on their way to greeting strangers with respect in no time.