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04-16-2014 03:32 PM
Mikelia What a good boy! GSDs are boundary dogs, look at the hgh herding. I think they fully understand their boundaries and where things are supposed to be/not supposed to be. These dogs are just so smart
Currently I have dog treats on the counter that my cats want to steal and Eli (who is fully aware the cats get in trouble for jumping on the counter) is laying against the counter keeping the cats at bay. When we visit the in laws farm there are horses and the border collie x tries to herd them from the outside of their pen. Eli stands in the gateway and 'makes sure' none of the horses escape. He did this the very first time he ever saw livestock. Eli is a social butterfly and a few months ago we had a friend visiting, he was standing on the deck. I had to run in to get something and then heard barking. I ran back out to find Eli had positioned himself between the door and our friend and wouldn't let him move closer. Once I was with him he was friends again.
These dogs are amazing, never underestimate their intelligence lol.
04-16-2014 12:23 PM
Lilie I think the 'boundry' took me by surprise. I understand in the house...I understand around the person or vehicle...I just didn't think that a dog would see things as lineage or boundries.

My dogs are corrected when they leave our property. But everything is marked by fence lines. So if they go through the fence (wooden) they are corrected. Therefore, they might chase a bird to the fence, but rarely continue the chase past the fence. There is a physical boundry.

I am proud of Hondo. He is a good boy. I am very pleased that he showed self control, I kinda expected it from him, but it's not the sort of thing I can run out and test. Hope for the best behavior and train to control the worse. It just surprises me that Hondo would create his own boundry (using where the gate would be).
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
SunCzarina The gate marks the line at his property. I see no fear aggression in this, Hondo guarded his property line and when your husband showed up the dog was fine to let him take over. It doesn't matter what your husband said to him, once the dog knows if he's there and husband's got this, Hondo went back about his business of not caring.

The tractor does have a bit to do with it, Hondo knows if he's driving that, he's distracted. All in a dogs day at work!

Otto is always cordial with people in my house. In my yard or in my car, he's very territorial. It freaks people out because this same person who has been in my house many times and greeted by my gregarious dog, he's not going to let them stick their head in my car or walk through that gate without my telling him it's all good.
04-15-2014 09:29 PM
boomer11 Mind has done the same thing with the front door. A friend who he has never seen before just opened the front door and tried to walk in. He was barking fiercely but I just thought he was being annoying. He didn't stop so I got up to look and the lady tried to walk past him but he wouldn't budge from the door way. Just barked and barked. Wasn't aggressive but also didn't take a single step back.
04-15-2014 05:30 PM
Gwenhwyfair I agree about the boundary protection.

It reminds me of a story...

A client of mine had a GSD years ago. He also had some beef cattle. One day he and his wife left to run some errands. Somehow the gate to the cattle pasture either was left open, got pushed open by one of the cows but either way they found quite the sight when they arrived home.

There was their GSD guarding the now open gate, he would not allow the cattle to leave their pasture. He just stood there in front of the opening holding some of the more curious cows at bay.
04-15-2014 05:25 PM

Originally Posted by Sunflowers View Post
Good boy, Hondo.
04-15-2014 05:25 PM
Blanketback What's with the face, Sunflowers? They're trained!
04-15-2014 05:01 PM
Chip18 Sounds about right to me.
04-15-2014 04:57 PM
Originally Posted by Blanketback View Post
Yes, that's one of the traits I love about them. And also how they can be the sweetest little darlings out in public, but don't you dare mess with that territory once they're home, lol. GSDs are awesome dogs!!!
04-15-2014 12:49 PM
Blanketback Yes, that's one of the traits I love about them. And also how they can be the sweetest little darlings out in public, but don't you dare mess with that territory once they're home, lol. GSDs are awesome dogs!!!
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