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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Guarding Behavior


Dawn Watson | CNBNewsnet


IMG_9679 3GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (October 27, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--A friend of mine was walking her dog the other day and suddenly, her dog began barking and lunging at a stranger who was coming from the other direction. They were new to the area and previously, the dog had not shown any such tendencies. My friend was puzzled at her usually-calm dog’s behavior so I explained my opinion on the topic.


Molly (the dog) lived in a suburban setting with few neighbors before moving to the city. She was accustomed to the relative quiet of her former neighborhood. Due to a sad family situation she moved miles away with one of her owners (the other owner passed away, suddenly).



Molly became strongly bonded with her remaining owner and therefore felt the need to guard or protect her. Not only was she in a new place but she was now “in charge” of protecting the remaining member of her pack.


When I explained my philosophy to my friend she agreed that Molly needed reassurance that her owner did not need protection and was capable of being the pack leader.


We are currently working on the goal of making Molly comfortable with her new surroundings.


If you have questions about this or any other dog-related question please call or text me at 856.981.8957 or email


Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)


Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC

Behavior and Service Dog Training in Gloucester City, NJ