|Barked: Wed Oct 3, '12 6:28pm PST |
|Hello everyone, this is my first post on this website. I have a one year old Border Collie/German Shepard rescue, her name is Pandora/Panda. She is a great dog but I have a few concerns that I would like to get some opinions on, this is the first dog I have owned and have little experience training. She is fine by herself and in the house etc... The only issues come in social situations. I take her out on hikes a lot and to parks for walks since we both love the outdoors. While we walk she is fine, doesn't pull and is a good walker but as people or other dogs pass, she usually has a different reaction. Her hair raises, she assumes a more rigid stance and begins to snarl or growl. However, it is only until the person or dog begins to acknowledge her or me. Once the person or dog passing tries to talk to me, touch me, or touch her, she reacts in this way. If the person passes and does nothing to her or me, then she goes on her way with no reaction. When people come up to me and ask about her, I have had to get into the habit of telling people not to pet her or get close to her because she acts this way and I want to change aspect. I have continued to take her out to keep trying to change this behavior and tired to bring friends around instead of strangers to desensitize her but to no avail.
On another note, similar to this one, she is extremely affectionate. When I go to bed, she will sleep with me, lay next to me, jump on top of me, lay on top of me, lick my face, nibble on my ears, etc... I am worried that this affection may be construed in her head as dependence or even dominance in some case but I am not sure. Along with this I am worried that her reactions when other people or dogs confront me or her are her way of protecting me even when there is no threat are due to this dependence or dominance.
All in all, I guess I need help deciding if she is fearful or aggressive in her actions as I spoke about earlier and in either case I need ideas and suggestions on how to change and adjust this behavior. Thanks ahead of time for any responses and insight. Much appreciated.
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