On Friday, we got a call from a neighbor that were was a strange truck in front of our house that was taking pictures of the neighborhood. The house next to mine is abandoned and has had a few squatters a couple of times already that the police had to come and take care of, so when I got this call I just imagined something similar.
My 5 month old Daisy just happened to be in the house with me already so I put my shoes on and grabbed her and walked outside to the front yard to check it out. Sure enough there was a large white van parked right in front of my house but no one inside. Daisy was at my left side standing tall and then I saw this man come out of the side of the abandoned house and walk towards his van. There was a truck (unknown owner) in the abandoned house's driveway and it was between us and this man.
Daisy immediately barked, I had never even heard her bark like this before, and it was nice and powerful and intimidating. The man heard her, then saw her, and stopped walking and just stared at me. Daisy took a few steps forward, barked some more, and then took a few more steps forward. I called to her and she came to my side and then I grabbed her by the collar. I asked the man if that was his van and if I could help him with something and he said he was here to clean the house. I put Daisy inside the house and told my wife to give her praises and a treat for being a good girl, and then I came outside to talk to the man. Turns out he was hired by the bank to come clean up the house because it was now bank owned and it looked like a mess.
Well this whole thing got me thinking about a few things:
1) I want to start some formal training with her
2) I'd like to incorporate some self defense training if that's even a thing
3) I want my daughter and wife to be able to control her the same way I did
4) I was so excited and happy that without any training she was able to do what I always imagined a GSD would be capable of doing
There were other people outside, kids on their bikes and neighbors out in their yard, and Daisy knew exactly who to bark at and she was not aggressive or submissive. Almost as if she could feel exactly how I felt and she responded the same way. I wasn't trying to be aggressive with this person but I wanted to make sure everything was okay.
What do you guys think, aside from not putting her leash on her right away which I realized and will not do again, was this something I did right or wrong? What else could I have done differently that would have made it better or worse?