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Stranger Danger

Help your fearful dog feel more calm and confident with new people both out and about and in the home

Does your dog bark, lunge, or growl at strangers?

You’re on high alert every time you step out the door with your dog, or maybe you’ve stopped taking walks altogether. You haven’t had visitors over, and you feel that your social circle is shrinking along with your dog’s. 

You’re in the right place.

It doesn’t have to be like this forever.


Stranger Danger Program

Group sessions meet for six consecutive weeks on Wednesdays at 6:30pm Eastern Time starting August 2nd. 

Class size is limited to 5 students. One sliding scale and one free spot for BIPOC participant available.
Use the contact us page for more information.

If course is not currently open for enrollment, click here to join the waitlist for the next session.


What You'll Learn

  • Why your dog behaves the way they do around strangers
  • Crucial strategies for making walks and visitors easier
  • Proven techniques to change your dog’s feelings and behaviors
  • How to expand your dog’s social circle

What Our Program Includes

  • Expert online curriculum
  • 6 weekly group sessions 
  • Community discussion group
  • 2 individual coaching sessions
  • Video feedback


“Stranger Danger provided us with a supportive, collaborative, and empowering online community. I’m amazed at what I learned about dog behavior.


Jill is a fabulous dog behaviorist and trainer, communicator, lesson designer, facilitator, and supporter. I would highly recommend working with her!”

Bridget & Peako

Frequently Asked Questions

What is stranger danger?

Stranger Danger is a term for dogs who are fearful of unfamiliar people. Stranger Danger could present itself in a variety of ways – cowering, running away, lunging, barking, growling – or all of the above!

How does the program work?

Stranger Danger is a hybrid model with live, recorded, group, and individual components. The group sessions are at set times each week with recordings available if you need to miss it. You’ll be able to schedule your individual sessions, review the online curriculum, submit homework, and participate in the discussion group at your convenience.

Is this program for me?

The Stranger Danger program is designed for dog guardians who are ready to take the next step in their dog’s comfort with new people. It teaches you how to help your dog who avoids or growls, lunges, and barks at strangers. This program is not appropriate for dogs with a severe bite history. If that’s your dog, we can help you with private behavior coaching

How do I sign up

Check above on this page to see dates for the next session of Stranger Danger. While you’re there, you can also join the waitlist to be notified next time the program runs. Class size is limited and sessions fill up quickly. 

How do I get my dog to stop barking at people?

A lot of dogs bark at people because they are afraid of them, and they learn that barking makes people go away. To get your dog to stop barking at people, it’s best to address that underlying fear and help them understand that people are not actually scary!

How Stranger Danger Works

1. prepare

Secure your spot and immediately dive into learning with our online orientation curriculum

2. Learn

Develop new strategies and skills through weekly group meetings and individual coaching sessions.

3. Enjoy

Better communication, a stronger relationship, and more stress-free days with your four-legged best friend!

Are You Ready for a Better Life with Your Dog?