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Daisy 12-31-2012 01:27 PM

Confident , or Worthless Protector?
Some of the recent aggression threads have interested me. The other night I was pulled over for rolling through a stop sign (let go with a warning, thankfully!). My 4 year old GSD didn't even look at the policeman. Nothing. It was dark, and late, and here was a stranger at my window. After we pulled away, I just laughed at her and said "some protector you are." At home, you can't get to my front door without her sounding ferocious. If the policeman had had a dog with him, she'd have gone through the window to get to the dog (she hates other dogs). So, would we say I have a confident dog or one who is just not going to protect me since the stranger at my window didn't bother her? I notice that people walking by my parked car never bothers her, but if we see a dog out walking, she will go bananas, and I have to make sure I quickly roll up my windows. It doesn't matter, I love her dearly either way! Just thought it would be an interesting question. Thanks.

3dognite 12-31-2012 01:38 PM

I'd say that your dog is probably more protective of her space at home and less so out and about.

I know that my GSD does much better with strange dogs in a neutral territory, but if they're at our house, he needs to be restrained.

carmspack 12-31-2012 01:43 PM

it wasn't necessary for her to bark , but at the minimum she should have been alert and aware .
in part she was reading your reaction to the stranger , seeing situation normal , under control.

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