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Aussie Barks And Lunges At People And Dogs
Our 11 month male Aussie, Riley, just seems to extremely dislike other people and dogs. If we take him anywhere, he barks his head off and will lunge (on leash) at people occasionally.
He's super good here at home. There are 6 of us, and everyone except my younger brother can do things with him such as open his mouth, take food away, etc. (My brother just doesn't seem to have "dog sense" in general though.) We love him and he's very loyal and probably would give his life to protect us. He's usually very obedient here. It's only when we take him places he's got issues.
He wears a muzzle when we go out so he really is probably the safest dog in the park, but people avoid us at all costs because of it.
He has completed obedience class (he's used to those dogs but doesn't like them very much, and the people aren't a big deal because the dogs are more distracting) and he's been socialized as much as possible. It just didn't work. We do clicker training and it works great unless there's a big distraction. We have tried many different training methods but none have been successful.
What should we do? Should we accept him as he is and just not take him places? Would he be happy just living here on our "farm" and not going out? When company comes over should we just put him in a separate room? Is there anything else we should do?