I have a dog who does the same thing. Anytime she senses anyone on her property, she high tails it towards them barking and growling. She appears intimidating to most but could be scared off by anyone by a simple yell and raising of their hand.We thought Harley would jump on the attacker and kiss them until one day... My son was coming home from his friends house and it was dark, he jumped the fence into the backyard not thinking about the dog. Harley spun from one side of the yard and took off growling and barking at him. Good thing for Zach the neighbors motion sensor light went off and Harley saw it was him. Thats when she came to a dead stop and started wagging her tail. To this day zach says he doesn't worry about being home alone with Harley at night he knows what she would do to an intruder. He says it was the scariest look he has ever seen on a dog.
I don't know how many times and how many different ways that this whole topic needs to be explained in order for people to understand it. It is very frustrating. Just when you think that people are starting to "get it" along comes another story of a so called "protection" or "guarding" scenario. My guess is the majority of those dogs being discussed could be scared away as easily as my dog can.
Is there still an emoticon for "banging head against wall"?