Originally Posted by Whiteshepherds
There are a lot of reasons she could be doing the things she does. Lack of confidence, weaker nerves, untrained, undisciplined, because she can, because you let her get away with it. None of those are insults, just common reasons why dogs do the things we don't want them to do.
You said she will attack if you command it. Is she trained in personal protection? If so it would make no sense that you can't control her in common everyday situations. (or can you?...not really sure what you're asking) Maybe 'won't attack unless you command it' wasn't what you meant to say?
Placing herself between the kids and strangers-Assuming you don't have a problem with intruders there's no reason why she should be allowed to do this especially if she's growling or snarling in the process. Have you tried to stop the behavior? Does she guard her food or toys?
Velco dog, they can be, but you can train them to not follow you every place you go if it bothers you. Some people love it.
Agreeing that something must have scared her out in the yard. Assuming she goes off the deck again now? Is she afraid of loud noises? This time of year she might have heard fireworks in the distance or thunder, could have been that if she's sensitive to sound.
Sleeping in small or strange spaces-not uncommon.
She just does not like strangers around. Once I say it is ok she may bark or groan but after a minute it is ok. Like today, we were outside, someone pulled up and got out. We were not aware, she ran over, charged them. Stopped about 5 ft from the stranger and just barked. I became aware and called her. The end.
She has some pp training and she is off leash obedient since the training I can't count the times I have leashed her. Have used shock collars when we go shooting, she doesn't mind loud noises.
She isn't afraid to leave the deck. But more or less so doesn't want to be away from us.
I don't mind the protective instinct or her standing between the kids and someone else. You never know who is bad. So it is a good thing. We had a feral dog show up and charge my kids at one point and she settled that very quickly. It did not end well for anyone. So after that I love the fact she is protective, but I think it may be overboard at points.
I am very strict on her when I am around. I don't allow very much of anything
Most of it is when we are gone.
She barks out the window when people show up and we are inside.
By no means is she just uncontrollable or viscous. It is more situational awareness coming from her. I just am not sure how I can control the excessive part.