Hey! Background My 15 months old female rescue rottie likes to scare people on the street with her barking/lounging. Inside the house I don't have a problem with taking strangers in. We have lots of people in the neighbourhood who are afraid of all dogs, and even when she used to want to cuddle up to and play with "everybody" when she was younger, they would jump, scream and quickly move away while wawing their arms - mostly if she displayed any interest/body language "pointing" in their direction (but sometimes just from the sight of us). As far as I've learnt, these reactions are potent rewards for dogs trying to scare someboy off. The previous owner's teenagers didn't help much either, as they encouraged guarding/aggressive behaviour in her, and used it to scare their buddies... SMART move... What have I been doing? I have been making strangers outside (and some neighbours) give her treats/pet her, I heel her most of the time when passing people (Unless she's really relaxed and is not looking for trouble and the person/group of people approaching is giving out "chill vibes" - In those situations I frequently let her pass them on a tensionless, long leash - either she'll be walking on my L/R side, in front of me or behind me. NB! I always observe her signals carefully so that I can stop/redirect her immediatly if she starts to show interest in them (wanting to scare them, play with them, to "cute herself up" to perhaps get a bite of their hamburger, or for whichever reason). 1. We're out all the time, and in a lot of places. The more people up and about, the less she will be guarding. She reacts more at night/in the dark, but not because she's not used to being out then. I'm a night owl! Probably because dogs's eyes don't "work" as good in the dark as human's eyes. Usually she will react to people doing something strange/acting "suspiciously" - like hanging around waiting on the street/in front of doorbells, fumbling with keys/getting into and out of buildings and cars, people who appear out of the blue etc - no matter if we are near to home or not. 2. Interacting with strangers on the street Some times people who we run into, are used to dogs, thus reading her BL and vocalizations right, want to say hi to her even if she's barked at them. After some "wooffs" she approaches them in a submissive way, greets them and lets them touch her, still in a very submissive but excited/nervous/stressed out way. (She does the same thing to my son the times she's mistaken him for a burglar and she's been "woof'ing" him. Like she's saying "SOOORY, I didn't see that it was you!". However, I try to screen the people I'll let her say hi to. Why? Well, if they are insecure about dogs, or have poor "doggie communication"-skills, the greeting situation often gets kind of counter productive (if they say hi when she's stressed out, like when she's already pointed them out as "potentially dangerous/potential intruders". When she's in a calm state, she will not be as mouthy and restless if approached by strangers, as when she's overstimulated or stressed out). If they react in the wrong way to her behaviour, I have to work on correct her reaction to them, while at the same time trying to educate the human(s) on how to interact with her (although some times they are in a hurry, not that interested to stay a minute and learn, too nervous/frightful to see the situation through, or they just know-it-all and keep on f.ex patting her on top of the head even when she reacts stressfully to it). 3. Leash technique, focus/attention + desensitizing to various situations/objects... I do not have tension on the leash, I often say hi to/talk with strangers, I've been desensitizing her to skiers, people on snow-boards, with guitar bags on their backs, umbrellas etc. I've also started working on getting her to focus on me when she sees some suspicious looking person - and reward her keeping eye-contact/staying calm when we're closing up to/passing possible "targets". 4. Going back inside On our way out on our walks, if she spots someone passing by the door/building and tries to "puff herself up" (getting ready to scare them off), I calmly but promptly take her back inside with me, and close the door. We wait in the stairways until she's calmed down, and repeat the procedure if she still toughens up when right outside our apartment building. She's been having some hormonal phases lately, and the behaviour has intensified, but does anybody have any strategies they've used on their territorial (resque) dogs, rottweilers or other breeds/mixes? We will continiue working with this+obedience etc, but any solid advice feedback will be much appreciated!