Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Santa Clarita Valley, Ca
IMO (granted this is an uneducated opinion) I think that she has potential, but it needs to be guided from you. Perhaps a command to watch, and just watch, for situations like yours with the lighter---and an "on guard" for more threatening situations, sort of a "You might need to step in, but listen for the command"; and finally a "rip the holy muscle out of this guy, I'm being attacked" command???? Perhaps shutzhund training?
My Metro was VERY protective...I once parked infront of the 7-11 doors before work in the morning to get some coffee, left him in the car and went in. On the way out, someone was blocking my path and wouldnt let me out (in an aggressive manner, trying to hit on me) and Metro slammed into the windshield of the car going CRAZY rocking the car back and forth--was enough commotion to get the guys attention and gave me a clear path of escape! When out for bed time walks if strangers were coming and I tensed up because I didn't know them or have never seen them in the neighborhood Metro would stand infront of me, ears up, stock still watching until they were down the block and I said "ok!!!!" then he would go potty. When my son was about 2 I was waving a book at him (the wind was making him hold his breath and then laugh)...Metro stood between us and gave me this look that said "Hello, Idiot, stop, you might hit him!"...ha ha ha