I was going for an evening walk earlier this week and something very strange happened. We were walking our normal route, and I turned a corner and noticed there were some landscapers mowing the lawns at two house about half way down the block. No big deal, I just crossed to the other side of the street. I figured it would be easier for all parties not to have a dog walking by when people were mowing.
We continued to walk and we passed the landscapers on the other side of the street. Lola was beside me walking and all of a sudden she turned around and started barking. This is out of character for her. I can't remember her ever barking on a walk. I immediately made her sit to calm down, and turned around and saw one of the landscapers stopped in the middle of the street. I released her from the sit and started walking again. As we started walking and the landscaper asked if she bites. I said not usually and just continued our walk. As we continued walking she seemed uneasy and anxious, so I cut our walk short and headed home.
Once I got home and had a moment to unwind from our walk, I realized something set Lola off. Lola is always happy and never barks when people approach us walking. In fact she gets so excited because she knows somebody is coming to pet her. As I thought about it more, I realized something made her turn around and bark like she. I am not sure what exactly. But I am glad to know that she will bark and become protective when appropriate. Not that I ever doubted she would protect me if needed, but I have now seen the first inkling of it.
Have you ever seen your dog go into a protective and/or defensive mode for you or anyone else?