Millie has figured out a way to distract me.
She is eight months old and has come into her own as a guard dog. She still is a little chicken shit as far as really protecting, she hides behind me. She has her big bad German Shepherd bark on and will go at it if someone pulls up to the house or comes to the gate. If they come into the yard then she runs up on the porch or around the house, still barking.
What she’s started pulling is barking and waiting for me to come find out what she is barking at. I will be working or doing laundry and I will hear her bark. This isn’t the full on warning bark that she does but a sharp loud couple of barks. I walk into the room and find her sitting there grinning at me like “Haha you came when I called!”
Ok, dilemma here. How do I react? I am the alpha human when Chuck isn’t here.
I definitely know the aggressive sounding bark, that one is easy to pick up on and it’s accompanied by hair standing up and that defensive posture. I gotta say it is very impressive.
With this other bark, it’s as if she is showing me that she is doing her job and waiting for the “Atta girl.”
We are still working on the jumping up on people bad behavior. She just isn’t getting it because everything is play with her and if she did that to an older person Millie is big enough to knock someone down.
Can you say “lawsuit?”
She is a very pretty dog, loving and loyal, but I will enjoy her even more when she is out of this puppy stage.