Australian cattle dogs are known to be protective. Some even aggressive. My husband likes her protective nature because that is how she is wired. She doesn’t know how to be any different and her has no interest in training her otherwise. When were out and about, she loves people. Sometimes she even plays with other dogs. She loves to play with my brother in law’s boxer!
Guard dog breeds are often misunderstood. Here are some tips for interacting with dogs you are unfamiliar with:
1 Approach with caution, and ask
2 I can’t stress how important it is for people and children to ask before petting a dog
3 Listen and look for warnings, most dogs give plenty of warning before they act. For example, mine will growl and develop a mohawk asking her back.
4 If you live in an apartment complex our walk through areas where people walk dogs, pay attention to your surroundings. I can’t tell you how many times people have startled myself and my dog by walking around on their phone/with headphones on.
5 Don’t force interaction, like people, some dogs prefer to be left alone
6 If your entering someone’s home that has dogs, wait to be let in. It always helps if we let our guests in. It’s even better if when introduced to our dogs, they enter with one of us. That gives us a chance to put them at ease and even give you a treat to offer them.