I own a 8month old Kelpie x ACD who is a small girl for her age, she weighs 9kgs and is well, 8 months and very short for the normal sized breed standard and I have seen her compared next to Kelpie and ACD mix's and she is so small compared to them.
Since a young age my girl Serenity has been fearful (which I didn't know at the time) but she ust to charge strangers (sometimes) and bark her head off, she has growled at kids before but hasn't growled at anyone since. As time passed, she got A LOT better and stopped charging/barking at people but when she meet new people, most of the time she was slow at approaching and cautious but is still willing to meet them.
Towards dogs she gets very snarky. When she was between 3-5months she would get snarky at any dog that would come near me if she was on me or on me, she would also do this behavior when she was near my bag. She at 9 weeks actually attacked a puppy for coming near my bag.
Fast forward to now,
Serenity is cautious around some new people but will not charge people anymore and hasn't barked/growled at anyone again, yet anyway. when she meets new people, most of the time she will be slow at approaching and cautious but is still willing to meet them. She has gotten a lot worse though when it comes to dogs. If a dog gets in her face, if a dog is much bigger then her, if a dog is way excited but not even close to her or even if a dog is running around and no where near her. She does this behavior most of the time but this attitude is at the training club I go to. She has happily submitted to a few of the trainer dogs. In my whole time owning her I have only seen her play with my boy Sunny and a BC, that's it.
When I take her to the dog park she will stay close to me or keep at a distance from other dogs and if a dog does come to her she submits. She will happily run around and chase dogs if they run and be friendly but wont actually get to close to them. She will growl/get snarky if she is on me and a dog comes to close to me (sometimes).
I see and watch her body language and can tell she is fearful in most situations and I honestly work hard with her, every single day, we work a lot od 'Leave it' and 'Watch me' and she does great. I have had a few moments were she has gone to attack and was mid there and said 'Leave it' and she's stopped and focused on me.
So can anyone please help me out and tell me what more I can do for my girl?. How can I get her more comfortable around other dogs and people?. What can I do to make her feel safe around other dogs?.
Also, does anyone have good links to info on dog body language?.
Even with these issues, she is very obedient. I just don't want her to get worse so I want to know things I can do NOW before she gets worse. Plus, for a Kelpie x ACD she is a darn mellow, relaxed, placid little girl!.