You actually don't want her barking at strangers until she is older. And if she was already defensive at 6 months, that is also actually something that would be worked on/managed and not very desirable, as it would be a sign of lack of confidence, more than a conscious "protectiveness". At 6 months old anyway. A lot of people will say " oh he/she is so protective already at 6 months! Will not let people in the house and will bark ferociously". What is REALLY happening there, usually, with a dog that young is a lack of confidence.So are you saying that from the age of 1 she should start to become more protective of her owners and start barking at strangers?
Love it!!! How about 'this door is locked for your safety, not ours, as a GSD lives here"Mine are not barkers and in general know that it is my job to be the protector. Kiisa probably would have been an alert barker for visitors except that Miika was not (they both get excited if a friend comes though) and she follows Miika’s lead.
They will go to the door ahead of me and will sometimes whine, but mostly if a stranger decided he needed to come in he would be greeted by two silent GSDs, which might be even more unnerving if they weren’t so friendly (at least when I am home).
Been thinking I should put a sign up saying “the door is locked to keep the dogs in not to keep you out,” lol. Or to say “the GSDs who live here would love to have you come in and play, just not sure they would let you leave” ☺
Maybe. Maybe not. But be careful what you wish for - for every person who comes here to ask why their puppy isn't barking it seems like there's a dozen trying to get their dog to STOP barking. Let her be who she is. There is no timetable on when or even if a particular dog will become protective.So are you saying that from the age of 1 she should start to become more protective of her owners and start barking at strangers?
Exactly. Enjoy the silence while it lasts.Maybe. Maybe not. But be careful what you wish for - for every person who comes here to ask why their puppy isn't barking it seems like there's a dozen trying to get their dog to STOP barking. Let her be who she is. There is no timetable on when or even if a particular dog will become protective.
Brief alert barking (and then stop, please!!!) when someone comes to the door is fine but I don't want my dogs barking every time they see a stranger. Most of the strangers I encounter, and that can be dozens every time we go to our local regional park for a hike, mean us no harm. A benign stranger isn't a threat and what an annoyance it would be if my dogs acted like every one of them actually was. Keep in mind too that when a young dog barks at strangers it is very likely out of fear rather than protectiveness. A confident dog does not worry about people it doesn't know as long as you aren't concerned either.
Well, it sometimes does. My experience tells me that barking is a little like tail wagging. Or the human voice. For example, every time a human yells, it may not mean they are angry - well, before 2016 that was true And when a dog wags his tail, that does not necessarily mean he or she is happy to see you, just that the dog is excited about something. Just like that, the bark needs careful study for correct interpretation.Barking has nothing to do with protection.