I wouldn’t want any suspicion in my dogs. Indifferent is what I aim for. I don’t want a dog telling me who is safe, and who isn’t, because generally those dogs are unpredictable.
Example: In the past, Lyka was highly suspicious of everyone at first. That could end with her furiously barking at them, or biting them. All dogs were a no go unless they were puppies. After a lot of work, she looks to me instead of the person coming through, which is what I wanted. But, she will still go after my brother and brother-in-law with a passion I’ve rarely seen. She was aggressive towards a resident at an apartment complex I managed, and she did bite him, twice. Later found out he was wanted for serial rape and the death of one underage girl. Did she sense that in him, or did she sense the creeper vibes I always felt around him? Both my brother and brother-in-law never knocked on my door, they just came in. I’m not comfortable with that, and quite frankly, don’t care for either of them, but the only emotion I feel then is annoyance, but she goes after them with murder in her eyes. So again, is she sensing my emotions and reacting, or reacting on her own perceptions? My best guess is she is reacting to the vibes I put out on those people. Still not a desirable quality to me. Annoyance doesn’t warrant a full on attack. I want her to be indifferent to everyone. I don’t want a protector, it’s my job to do the protecting.
Crios has zero suspicion. Everyone is his best friend, and he wants them to know that. He is so trusting and oblivious to his surroundings, that walking him became impossible for me. He could easily pull me down and drag me with my injuries. So DH has to take over the walking with him. Again, not desirable. I want indifference.
Seiran is alert and watchful, but allows me to handle all situations. If someone approaches, she immediately puts herself into a sit and wait for my commands. Let’s go, stay, down, whatever I desire in the situation. This is ideal for me. She’s also only 5.5 months, so I work with her on this a lot, I want her to continue this through adolescence, and I know it’s easy now, but may not be when she reaches that butt head stage, so I will probably double up on that the older she gets. People come in the front door, and she’s at a sitting heel and looking at me. I can tell her to say hi, or to go to “place” and she does just that.
Floki is alert, but indifferent not only to people, but to environments as well. We could be sitting on a park bench watching people go by, or sitting near a bridge watching the train cross over on the tracks. No reaction. I’d probably prefer a little more attentiveness, but DH is training him with a trainer, and I don’t make those decisions. DH prefers him to be less attentive of his surroundings, while I prefer more attentiveness but indifference.
Not sure I’m relaying that properly. But of the 4 dogs, I prefer Seiran’s alertness, attentiveness, and trust in my decisions. Makes sense since I trained her 😉