Dogs are always in alert mode when someone new arrives on the scene. However, they sometimes immediately start to growl or bark at some people, but not others. This momentary temper could indicate aggression, a defensive attitude, or simply some form of anxiety. But why do they have different reactions depending on the individual?

Lightingss took a deep dive into this question and wants to share some possible answers with you. Read through to the end of the article to figure out how to prevent this behavior.

1. Unknown is scary.

The most common reason why your dog reacts to certain people poorly is that it is experiencing something new. If the dog is not properly socialized, every exposure to strangers — and with it, a bunch of new smells, sights, and behavior — can seem threatening for the animal. Even if the dog is socialized, it can still find itself in a situation where it feels anxious and insecure about something unfamiliar.

So the dog is more likely to bark at the people who possess more unfamiliar traits, especially when it comes to smell and looks.

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