The last few days, it seems that anyone that comes near my house gets the "growl".
I was sitting on my front porch tonight, while Brandi was enjoying a nylabone, when a neighbor approached saying how pretty Brandi was. In a flash, Brandi was standing erect with every hair on her back raised, staring at my neighbor with a deep growl.
In one sense, I think it's good to know that Brandi would protect our family and home, on the other hand, this behavior could get us in trouble.
She's only 5 1/2 months and not very scary...yet.
How should I handle this? What do you think about her aggressive / protective behavior?
It's likely a socialization issue.
Try to get in that puppy class or another one. Take her tons of places. Treats/praise when she's calm and quite.
I agree, it's not protective, it's fear. Take your girl to as many places as you can and allow her to meet all types of people.
I just wanted to say I love that picture of Brandi. Very cute.
Is it only when she has a bone, or is it more random than that?
I'm Jenn. Keeper of two labs in my home and one forever in my heart.
Throw the ball, damn it!
Firstly, as others have said, she is not being protective. She is being fearful. I would be very worried about fear aggression from a 5 1/2 month old pup. How are you socializing her?
She will play / greet anyone at any time. She's always around people, and never shows aggression towards anyone....except when she's home, sitting in the front, and someone approaches. She's always romping in the park with other dogs, and never gets into a fight or growl with them.
She'll never growl or resist if you try to take a bone or food. If anything, she comes accross as submissive.
However, if you approach my home, she'll back you off.
Look at that face....how can anyone be afraid of that innocent puppy.
Could you explain what you mean by this?However, if you approach my home, she'll back you off.
...and how frequently do you have visitors?
I would have people, lots of them, if possible, come to visit.
I have to say though, if someone comes to our yard or door, Zoe will do her big dog bark, but once they are in the yard or in the house she is the wiggle-butt girl. Her command is "friendly"
Linda and Zoë, the Umlaut
She would stand erect, with her chest out, and the hair along her back straight up. Her body is stiff, and her eyes are focused on the "intruder". The growl is low, and deep.Originally Posted by Trickster
Keep in mind, people are over my house every day. I have children, and their friends are constantly in and out.
She would ONLY do what I'm describing, when I'm sitting alone with her outside, and a total stranger approaches the house.