|Barked: Fri Sep 7, '12 9:51am PST |
|First off welcome to the forums from myself and Happy.
To address your question about Skylar becoming more protective it would help to know how old she is, she might just be settling into maturity, shepherds do tend to be a much more defensive breed which can be problematic in service dogs and service dog candidates. It's important to get a pup from a good breeder who knows what your purpose is.
I would recommend you have her looked at by a reputable behaviorist, even professional trainers need second opinions at some times, and this would be one of those times that it would be better to not have to use your energy to evaluate what's going on, and just handle her.
It may be a number of things that are causing the issue from the reported attacks to just something she didn't care for about the other dog. It's not something I can analyze over the computer really well.
As for the woman freaking out about the bark... as you've mentioned you've had your service dog attacked before... and she might very well have had it happen also. I know from personal experience that having a service dog, especially one that has Already been attacked tends to make you more defensive. I know I am far more defensive of other dogs than I was 5+ years ago. The spike in fakers can be felt Most by legit service dog users. As for the bandanna in warm months many of us go to options that aren't as warm as a full vest, I'm not sure what part of the country you're in but I know here it still get's quite warm and that might have been the reason for the bandanna rather than a vest or harness.
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