We adopted our dog Hartley from a rescue a couple of years back. She is the sweetest little girl pup you’ve ever met. She’s timid and shy, but extremely loyal and obedient. She follows us everywhere we go. She doesn’t hesitate to tuck that big head right up under our hands to make sure we know when, she’s ready for some love. There’s only one thing that changes all that.
When she is afraid of a stranger it comes out in a thunderous bark, a strong defensive stance, spiky hair raised on the back of her neck and her huge, sharp teeth take center stage. She scares our neighbors, the mail lady, the principal in carline, our friends and especially any contractors that visit our house. In an instant, her fear transforms her from the sweetest pup on the planet, into a vicious predator.
It scares people off and pushes people away. She becomes so focused …