Brandi's becoming very protective (question)
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

Thread: Brandi's becoming very protective (question)

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    139

    DefaultBrandi's becoming very protective (question)

    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?



  2. Remove Advertisements
    JustLabradors.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    2,653

    DefaultRe: Brandi becoming very protective (question)

    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.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    1,829

    DefaultRe: Brandi becoming very protective (question)

    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.

  5. Remove Advertisements
    JustLabradors.com
    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    Beachboys is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    3,575

    DefaultRe: Brandi becoming very protective (question)

    I just wanted to say I love that picture of Brandi. Very cute.

  7. #5
    JacobAlthea&Tatum is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    4,802

    DefaultRe: Brandi becoming very protective (question)

    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!

  8. #6
    Trickster's Avatar
    Trickster is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    7,913

    DefaultRe: Brandi becoming very protective (question)

    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?

  9. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    139

    DefaultRe: Brandi becoming very protective (question)

    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.

  10. #8
    Trickster's Avatar
    Trickster is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    7,913

    DefaultRe: Brandi becoming very protective (question)

    However, if you approach my home, she'll back you off.
    Could you explain what you mean by this?

  11. #9
    zoesmom's Avatar
    zoesmom is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    16,476

    DefaultRe: Brandi becoming very protective (question)

    ...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
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    [

  12. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    139

    DefaultRe: Brandi becoming very protective (question)

    Quote Originally Posted by Trickster
    However, if you approach my home, she'll back you off.
    Could you explain what you mean by this?
    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.

    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.


Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25