Lily had a moment this weekend that was so beyond out of character for her I thought I'd run it past you guys and hopefully get some feedback. I apologize for the length of this post, I am just trying to explain what happened the best I can.
A little background on my princess:
Lily is about 18 months old and the sweetest most loving dog I have ever met. She has never once shown any aggression and is also a very quiet dog, almost weirdly quiet. There are only two instances she will bark, if you get her super wound up running around the house playing she will sometimes let out a single excited bark and if the squirrel in the backyard is teasing her (yes the squirrel literally teases her, but that’s another story) she will have “real” barks that are more aggressive. But to be honest I would say she barks maybe once or twice a week. We have friends and family coming in and out of the house constantly and I bring her to public places quite often, she has never had a problem with anyone. She is also very obedient and sensitive to correction. She learns fast and a simple “NO” is enough to put her ears back and beg me to forgive her lol
That being said, this weekend we had a decent sized party (not the biggest she has been at by any means) and she was her normal “I love everyone” self most of the night, but for some reason she had a problem with two random guys who came. By random I do not mean that we did not know them or she had never met them, they are close friends she has met on multiple occasions, I mean random in the sense that they don’t have anything in common or anything in particular that makes them stand out from everyone else and they showed up separately.
The first “incident” happened when Guy1 walked in the door, Lily charged the door and let out these insane low aggressive almost howling woowoowoowoof barks like I have never heard her make in her life. She gave him his space about 4 feet, but her back legs were bent like she was ready to pounce if she had too! Almost the same stance as when the squirrel is up the tree, but much more aggressive. Now, I know I should have reacted differently but in the moment I just jumped up and grabbed her into a hug to comfort her “it’s ok girl” soothing stuff like that. I reached out towards him to show her he was ok and she instantly calmed and went over to him for kisses. I hate to admit even though I know it’s so completely wrong of me, I was so bewildered by it I was almost proud in a weird way that she had that in her if that makes sense.
That little twinge of pride disappeared about a half hour later however when it happened again. This time Guy2 walked in and the scenario repeated itself. Charging the door and intimidating barks. He was not the next person to walk in the house, I would say maybe 5 other people had come in between them. This time I had my wits about me a little more and didn’t comfort her, I pulled her back/down by the collar with a loud firm “NO” and had her lay down with a few more “NO”s and “BAD GIRL”s She was instantly submissive and again went over nub wagging for kisses.
For the rest of the night she was back to her normal “I love everyone” self walking around loving on everyone (Guy1&2 included) but a few hours later, out of nowhere she went into that state again barking at Guy1 for no apparent reason when he came out of the bathroom. She snapped right out of it again when my fiance grabbed her collar and he was much firmer with her this time and we ended up making her lay in her bed in the corner of the living room the rest of the night, where she looked on at everyone, sad as if to say why can’t I play?
I suppose my question to all of you is should I be worried about this behavior? I can’t stress enough that this was the first time she has ever displayed aggression like this or even barked at a person for that matter, if you had told me the story I would not have believed it was my dog. Has anyone experienced this before? Is she possibly just developing more of a protective side as she gets older? Any helpful tips on how to manage this and make sure it never happens? I am not looking for a guard dog by any means and plan on starting a family in the next few years, up until this weekend I wouldn’t have even thought twice to have Lily around my future children and looked forward to watching them frolic together in the backyard lol but now I have to admit I’m a little nervous. I’m sure it’s mostly just shock at such a wild deviation from my dogs normal personality, but I’d really appreciate some input from this forum, the more I read the more I really value what goes on here
And again I apologize for the novel…