Hello everyone! I am new to this forum, and I bring along my puppy Josephine, or Jo for short. She is a rescue dog so I am unsure of her exact pedigree but to me she looks and behaves just like a Belgian Malinois. Everything about her is Malinois, particularly in intelligence. We put her in training when she was three months old for a six-month course and she passed the entire course in less than a month! The only part of her that makes me think she is a mix is her size. She is nearly full grown (according to her vet) and she is barely 30 pounds. She is skinny, but her veterinarian attributes that to her puppy metabolism. She eats all the time! She has an incredibly sensitive digestive system too, so we only feed her grain free food which really seems to help. Anyway! I wanted some advice on how best to foster her incredibly high prey drive and protective nature. She is the sweetest dog in the world to those that she knows, but she is very hesitant around strangers. She doesn't bite or charge, but she does bark and her hair stands up on end. She is very protective of our home. I don't want these instincts to go away, but I would like her to be a little calmer around other dogs and humans. We take her with us everywhere we go (out in public) and have been doing so for about 6 months now. She does well, but is still skittish. How do I nurture her protective nature while making her more comfortable around strangers? Also, tell me if you think she is a Belgian from her picture! Maybe suggest another breed she could be? Thank you!