Watch Dog/Barking OK?
Hi, All! First off, let me just say thanks to everyone on this forum. I look back at my old posts and I can't believe how worried I was about "shark attacks" and Albus's behavior at 2.5 months old. You'll be happy to know that all of that worry was for nothing.....he follows me aroundconstantly and (mostly!) obeys my commands. He's my best bud and I'm so happy we decided to go with a V!
Albus is at about 6 months now and he's starting to pick up a new tendency. He has started to behave as if he's always on guard. I work from home so we are together most of the day. Albus loves to sit in our back yard but if anyone comes near the house his ridge goes up and he barks, runs in to alert me, and then runs back outside to watch. Similarly, if my husband comes in later in the evening Albus will wake up and let out a low growl until he knows who it is. This usually doesn't last long, but it's definitely enough to alert me.
He doesn't ever seem to be really aggressive in any way and I honestly think he's just trying to tell me that he's not sure about whatever the "thing" is. If someone comes up to our fence or another dog comes over he always greets them with a wagging butt and lots of love, but only after he's told me that someone's there. Sometimes he will even wait to see if I will go up to the person/thing and greet them/touch it (usually another dog).
Do you think this is behavior that I should discourage? My husband is in the military and is away a lot, so part of me is sort of happy to have a dog that is keeping an eye on things. However, I don't ever want him to come off as intimidating to others. Maybe it's just his instincts? If this is something I should discourage, how should I go about doing so? I usually make a low hissing/shushing sound, which is what I do to call him off of something, but if he's really focused on something it doesn't matter to him at all!
Thanks in advance.