Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Re: protective? or lack of leadership?
i have to admit, i see any sort of aggression towards other people (or other animals) as not okay.
(and while teagan going for the owner of the ex-police dog and police dog washout who just watched them attack us and did nothing, is not okay (if i'd been there instead of extracting luc from under a trailer she would've gotten serious correction....well, i hope i would've stopped being so furious enough that i would've corrected her), i don't entirely see her as being unjustified given what had just occured and him then moving towards her - but it wasn't protection that she was in, and even if justified, her aggression in that instance was inappropriate and wrong. just b/c i agree with the 'sentiment' doesn't mean she should be able to act upon it. we all modify our behaviour to live in a society and she's no different.)
i agree - my dogs do not have to be friendly towards strangers or even people they know, but they do have to be polite and well-mannered. if i see a threat, i will take care of it, not them. the sort of circumstance where the behaviour (aggression) would be acceptable is so limited it is unlikely it will ever arise.
....it's just something that bugs me sometimes, b/c it seems like there is a disconnect when dealing w/GSDs that exhibit aggression, especially aggression that could be construed as 'protective'.
Luc 15.5 yo GSD
Neb, husky/terrier/lab? X, DOB 18.4.2008
Xerxes, beagle, ~3yo
Cats Mitch RIP; Lear RIP; Esme RIP; Timothy and Cordelia
Nikolai & Eco the bunny couple extraordinaire RIP