Does a picture speak a thousand words? My neighbors dogs came to the fence and my grand-daughers walked over (me cautioning not to try to pet them, as one might bite). Because the little dogs were barking at them, MaggieMae immediately went over to the fence, between the fence (and consequently the barking dogs) and my grand-daughters! It's amazing to keep learning new things about this very wonderful dog. The funny part is that when the little dogs first started barking at MaggieMae, she would walk away with her ears back as if to say, "Why are they yelling at me?" Now she stands up for herself, and barks back, and guess what... they walk away! You go Maggie girl!!!