Is an Overly Friendly Dog Normal?

Is an Overly Friendly Dog Normal?


Do you feel that your dog is too friendly? Perhaps you are worried that your dog is a nuisance to your company and friends because he will not leave guests alone. Does he get excited around strangers, running around and refusing to listen? This is because your overly friendly dog lacks proper training and obedience skills.

While you want your dog to be friendly and loving to a point, you also have to consider what is best for your canine in terms of safety. Is it a bad idea for your dog to be overly friendly with strangers? Yes, as there are a lot of people in the world who do not have good motives and are cruel to animals.

There are also people who steal dogs for personal gain. For your dog’s protection, he should be guarded at all times. You should keep your dog on a leash at all times when on outings to the park and other places. When your canine companion is trained to never leave your side, he is safe from harm.

As your dog learns that his place is beside you at all times while among strangers, you have taught him important survival skills and made sure that he is well-protected. An obedient dog knows what you expect of him at all times, especially in the presence of those who do not live in the home. To help with proper training for your canine companion, this article will help you understand why your dog is so friendly to strangers.


When training your overly friendly dog, it is best not to get upset, avoiding the use of a voice that is angry or harsh. This will only teach your dog to be insecure, causing the problem to worsen. This is especially true when the dog is overly submissive, and wants to earn your approval.

Realizing that your untrained and overly friendly dog is much like a bratty child that lacks discipline is the first step. Examples of bratty behavior includes jumping on guests and even worse, strangers, refusing to leave people alone, and not responding when you command him to calm down.

These are just some of the warning signs to let you know that your canine companion needs to be trained. You can easily teach your dog to behave without taking away his unique personality and spirit.


Defining Normal


My dog is overly friendly. Is this normal? How can I teach my dog to protect me and my property? How can I teach my dog to bite intruders? What can I do? These are just some of the questions that owners of overly friendly dogs ask professional trainers.

You can train your dog without an expert with a little bit of research, and a lot of patience and determination. It is normal for young dogs of every breed to like and trust strangers. Unfriendly pups are not normal and they could grow up to become fearful dogs. Fearful dogs are more likely to bite strangers or fight with other animals, especially dogs.

An unstable canine is a fearful biter which will not become a good protector or guard dog. Normal puppies could also become a fearful biter by being thrown into threatening situations time and again. It is important to remember that a good guard dog bites out of aggression rather than fear. This is because fear and aggression are two different things.

If your young dog is too friendly, then you are doing a good job. Anyone who has had a good protection dog has seen their dog grow up from friendly puppy to protective adult. And there are many variations of a protective dog. Many dogs have come to the aid of their owners, regardless of the breed, if the dog perceived a threat.

There are some breeds which have more potential to be protective than other dogs, depending on temperament, size and power, to name a few. You can’t teach these traits through training. You should also remember that puppies have far less inhibitions than their adult counterparts. This is completely normal. Children behave the same way.

Just as children trust strangers, puppies are automatically friendly by nature and will approach nearly anyone.  While this is normal for a puppy, an adult learns as it grows. While some behaviors are instinctual, previous experiences and trainings will help determine how much protection your dog will offer.


Becoming Wary of Strangers


Don’t make the mistake of trying to make your dog wary of strangers, as your canine’s protective nature is mostly due to instincts and breeding. It is a bad idea to intentionally make a dog afraid of strangers, as this can make them worthless as a protector and guard dog, and create bad traits such as untrustworthiness and viciousness. This is the exact thing that drug dealers and dog fight enthusiasts do to the largely untrusted and unpopular breed, Pit Bulls. These people ruin normal healthy dogs by teasing, terrorizing and fighting. Once raided by police, these poor canines are normally put to death as their temperaments have been ruined.

Additionally, most fighting breeds do not make good guardians and protectors, but are best suited as pets instead. Do not teach your dog to attack any specific person rather than strangers in general. You do not need a dog that behaves in such a way, as they are unstable and untrustworthy.  It is also important to note that working breed lines make the best protection dogs, as they often grow into this ability with little training or effort. For example, police dogs grow up normally and are trained in control rather than protectiveness, because the rest is just instincts.


How to Calm the Overly Friendly Dog


Here are some exercises to help teach your canine companion to greet strangers calmly and politely:

When your pet jumps on you, cross your arms across your chest and look straight ahead, refusing to make eye contact. When he stops jumping, calmly pet him. If he becomes excited again, repeat the previous step.

If your dog knows the command, do the above exercise and say ‘off’ before turning your back to the dog. Tell him to ‘sit’ and when he obeys the command, reward him with calm strokes of approval.

When entering a room, if your dog begins jumping up, over-excited, step back out and close the door. You will need to leave it slightly ajar to see the dog and tell him to ‘sit’. Re-enter the room when the dog has listened to your command.



Once you have trained your dog to be patient and polite at home, you can begin working with him in public places, showing him how to behave around strangers. You will be ready to test your dog’s manners using friends and relatives, following the same training methods used above.

Authored by: DogLoveIt

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