Sorry you had some Rizzo problems on your vacation. ^^^I want to see the video of Sully & Rizzo's "Meet & Greet" routine at the cottage glass door for the unsuspecting visitor!!!
As far as Rizzo's behavior, we have found that our female Dobe is much more into watchdog duties than our male Dobe, who just wants to meet people/animals and play.
Also, our Eva is used to routine and doesn't like "going off the path" much like Spock does, who will follow me anywhere, except the pool...
Eva also doesn't cater much to other female dominant dogs staying over house for extended periods of time, interfering in her queen diva hierarchy, she worked so hard to establish.... https://www.dobermantalk.com/doberma...de-brandi.html
No visitors thankfully! That door looks like a front door but it went to another sleeping quarter, the house had 7 beds and only one tiny bathroom!
You’re definitely right on the females being more protective, Athena loved people but she took her job at protecting us and her home very seriously. When someone rang the door bell she would run and bark like no other and Sully would follow, she would then nip at Sully to get back like it’s not safe and I’ve noticed Rizzo does the same. Sully in the other hand rarely barks at anything, loves pretty much everyone and would follow me into a burning house if I asked him too, but probably not a pool 😉.
As for Rizzo’s behavior issues, I’m not too worried about it yet, she’s still young and trying to figure out the world and what is appropriate, sometimes she does great and sometimes she doesn’t. Yesterday when I got home the lawn company was there mowing so I had to take them out on leash, there were 3 men in the yard, one with a lawnmower, one with a blower and one with a weed wacker. I expected her to lose her **** but she was fine. One of the guys stopped to talk to me about Rizzo, he was about 8 feet away and she just stood next to me calmly. He asked if he could pet her, she seemed calm and I use the command “say hello” as a cue to my dogs that it’s ok to approach. She went up to him tail wagging, he reached out and kinda roughly petted her on the top of the head and she was like nope and came back to me, which is great IMO I want my dogs to look to me for guidance in situations they feel uncomfortable in. Then he started to approach and was like it’s ok girl, then she barked at him so I told him that she’s saying she’s not okay with the situation and to back off, he did and she calmly sat by my side. I don’t expect them to like everyone (hell I don’t like most people), but I expect them to act right and trust me to keep them safe which is exactly what she did so I’ll take that as a win!
We’re going to another lake house this weekend so I’ll see how she does this time around. Expect more pictures!