Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: ontario, canada
Eli never barked at anyone as a pup. He was raised in town, taught to be quiet and saw a lot of different people do a lot of different things. As far as I can recall he never faced anything that needed alerting to until he was much older.
When I first saw his protective-ness he was probably about two years old, we were on a walk at night and someone came up to us on a bike. He is a social butterfly, passed his therapy dog test with flying colours, has his CGC and his TEC which is similar to the TT, and he visits with everyone. This person though, he just stood beside me, puffed his chest out and let out a very quiet and deep belly growl. He did not visit this person and just stood between me and them. No barking, no hackles, just intensely stared at them, did his growl and held his ground. I gave the person the directions they wanted and we continued on our way. Other than the person being a little drunk and slightly slow I have no idea what Eli's issue was, but if my otherwise social dog decided that one person out of thousands was not allowed near me and can keep a civil head about it, I'm going with his judgement call.
He does not bark at people he sees near his yard, he does bark at the door but I figure that is more of a group thing - the pack just keeps teaching each new generation that dogs bark at door knocks, if I open the door for someone to come in he accepts my decision and does not bark at them. He generally does nothing that remotely resembles a protective dog, but how often is the average pet really exposed to a situation that requires the dog to react? To me, he is the perfect protective dog that has never been trained to protect.
Eli GSD - RN RA RE RAE SD-S SCRB1 HIC CGN TEC
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