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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Over-protective?

So this may be a stupid question, but is it possible for my dobe to be over-protective? As most of you know, I've only had Dodge for about a year, and he was intact when we got him (we fixed that a few weeks after we got him). He is doing much better on all of his training, however he seems to be over protective of me. He's not aggressive towards anyone, but when we are in the car stopped at a stop light and another car pulls up next to us, he barks the entire time. And it's full on barks with some growling. I've noticed that sunglasses and hats really set him off, as well as guys that are in the 18-25ish age range.

Today we got stopped at a light and there were some older people in the car next to us. He barked and growled at them for 2 full minutes until the light changed and we could move. He only does this when someone is next to us.

He also goes insane when people are walking outside in dark clothing. He goes to the window and barks and I have to literally pull him away to get his attention off of whoever is outside. He looks as if he is going to jump out the window. He only does this when I am home by myself, if my dad is also in the house, he will bark once or twice and then stop.

Is it possible that he is just being protective of me? Or is this just poor socialization by his previous owner?
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None of the scenarios you described really warrants any kind of protective behavior, IMO...sounds more like defensive fear-based behavior of some sort to me.
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poor training and socialization. He was never taught the difference is safe people/scenarios/views and unsafe. But I think you can work with him and resolve it. Let him know it's ok to 'check' at home, acknowledge when he checks something out 'good watch'em' or something like that, then 'its ok' or something with a pat, then start enforcing a quiet command if he persists on the same thing. If people in suglasses set him off, stage a meeting - get a friend to come up in sunglasses and do a structured meet and greet. Start teaching him what is appropriate to bark at and what not.
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There was nothing to protect you from, he is exhibiting weak nerves. Lots of training and socialization is the answer.

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I would be extremely unhappy if Lexx did ANY of those things. He is a very calm boy and almost TOO relaxed, but i wouldn't think that barking for 2 minutes straight at a car thats just next to you is acceptable.

I think more socialization and more training...are in order.

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