The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
All of the behaviours you describe are fear reactions. None of it is "good aggression". What Dante needs is more socialization and exposure to good people and new places and situations so he can feel confident about what is normal and not over-react.
He also needs more structure and leadership so he can feel secure in his own home, and know that the pack leaders won't let anything bad happen to him. Protective behaviour comes from a place of quiet, unshakable inner confidence, not from a place a insecurity. Hackling, snapping, lunging, are all insecure, fear-based behaviours.
Dante may be an insecure dog at core, and may never get to the point of being calm and confident and have the inner resources to show real protective behaviour. However, quite often, just have a barking dog on the premises will offer all the protection that most people need. For now, remember that a fearful dog is an unpredictable dog, and he may bite inappropriately, so make sure he has enough training that he is always under control, and manage situations to prevent unwanted bites.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015