|Barked: Tue May 15, '12 7:29pm PST |
|It's nice to have a dog who would protect you (or at least serve as a good deterrent). I taught Steele "watch 'em" and "get 'em". Watch 'em is to bark/growl/look vicious and Get 'em (obviously) is to go after something/someone.
Now I never use "Get 'em" on any person and I wouldn't unless someone full on attacked me. But if ever I feel suspicious of anyone while out walking, I simply whisper to Steele, "Watch 'em" and he focuses intently on the person (if I say it louder, that's when he'll act "vicious"). He does have unstable nerves and is afraid of men (but would never bite out of fear with friendly people). But he stands his ground if he has to and doesn't back down. He has a very intense stare and will keep his eyes on a person's eyes no matter what. He won't look away for a second.
Now maybe it's not good if he has unstable nerves but he's not a biter (unless someone attacked me, then he may) and he also has a VERY solid command which will call him off of anything (so were he to ever mistakenly go kujo toward anyone b/c he felt threatened, I can call him off in an instant, and he's always leashed so I'm right there anyway).
Imani is my lover girl. She ADORES people, every single person out there. She wiggles and prances and begs for attention. However, she's picked up Steele's protectiveness. She would never harm anyone for no reason (hell, she'd happily go home with any stranger if I let her) but threaten me and she WILL back it up b/c she's not afraid of people. haha I have seen what she'd do if anyone threatened me and it is scary.
So in a way, Steele's more for show and Imani is the real deal. lol Steele has come in handy many times before. Simply whisper a "watch 'em" and his eyes are on target. As the person comes too close (and I'm clearly telling them I'm not interested and they don't listen), Steele lunges out in a fireball of fury and they quickly get the hint. lmao
So of course I agree that this video is bunk. lol
Edited by author Tue May 15, '12 7:31pm PST
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