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This is a discussion on Mans Best Friend, Best Defense... within the Home (And Away From Home) Defense Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; My golden would probably hold the burglar's flashlight, but if the doorbell rings or someone knocks, he sounds like the hound from Hell....

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    My golden would probably hold the burglar's flashlight, but if the doorbell rings or someone knocks, he sounds like the hound from Hell.


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    yep, I have an australian shepard who is a good barker.
    If he starts barking outside I will generally go investigate it. If it is just the neighbor coming home, then I will tell him that its ok and to relax. If he doesnt then stop barking, I will command him to stop, etc. Whenever he barks because someone is coming up the driveway, I reward him.
    It's awalys nice to know when something is going on outside. I love my dog.
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    We've got three dogs; a Shih-Tzu, a Lab and a Golden. Small, medium and large. I figure that way, they have Mr. BG covered from head to toe.

    What intrigues me the most about all of them is watching them very closely as they go through their alert levels.

    For example, my daughter works very odd hours that change on a regular basis and is often coming home in the wee hours. All three dogs immediately go into the low growl mode as soon as she opens the outer door. They listen and wait for the key (as do I) to enter the locks. Once they hear that, they all relax a bit, but still wait for her familiar sounds (again, as do I) before they completely relax and the tails start wagging. Once in a while, she forgets her house key. If they (and I) don't hear that key hit the lock within a few seconds after the outer door is open, they're in full alert (as am I) and losing their doggy minds, scratching and clawing at the bedroom door.

    I trust them implicitly. I don't know how I would ever live without them.

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    Druff.......
    Now you've got it right.........when the alarm sounds, there's always a reason, day or night.
    One of our German Shepards shtopped our car from being stolen at 4:00AM one morning. She heard something outside and not only barked but hit our front door hard enough to scare the car thief away......went outside with her to find the passenger dor lock almost punched.
    They are honestly "Man's Best Friend".....Love'em All.

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    I really can't wrap my head around it when I deliver pizza, and people are yelling at their dogs to shut up before they even answer the door. The dog is SUPPOSED to bark when somebody knocks.
    I tell mine "good kids" when they let us know about stuff. If I need to, I just send them to their crates where they are supposed to be quiet (and they mostly are) and give them a treat!! I never yell or act angry with them for doing their job. If I want them to be quiet I give them a reward and a different job to do instead. If I'm not there telling them it's OK, they won't shut up until they are SURE whatever it was is GONE.

    Granted my Lab mix would bring the bad guy a ball to throw, but he *sounds* scary. LOL When somebody came over once and the dogs were outside, he barked first, then ran to the back yard got his favorite ball and met them at the gate begging them to throw it. Real scary
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    I'm new here but this is my kind of thread. I doubt I'll ever need my gun for home defense because you have to get through these three. The big male is 10 now and he is fully Schutzhund/Protection trained. A beast of sorts with the strangers, but a big ol love with my children. Best dog ever!
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    He's dying of cancer (breaking my heart in the process)
    Lost our Dobie girlie last fall to bone cancer. My heart still breaks a bit every time I think about her. Life goes on.

    Max is the first line of defense
    Just like our girl (above).

    I doubt I'll ever need my gun for home defense
    Gorgeous! We have an 8 YO GSD girl. The love of our lives.


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    You've got it right. Teach them "when" it's good, when it's bad, when to back off as you have OK'd it... and what the limits are (not to attack, etc. ).
    They'll actually appreciate you defining the limits and the expectations, and doing their job. IF I pick up one 'lead'.... my dog know it's work time ... and she gets into her business mode and loves it. She does search and rescue.

    I do get perturbed at some comments on-line about people who don't know squat about dogs... and have to laugh at times. The "if a dog ran towards me barking I'ld shoot it" . If my dog came running at you barking, it means they found their silly rear with a broken leg or whatever out in the woods, in a fallen building, lost, etc....... and is telling us where to come and get you and the medical attention you need, or to get you back to where you wanted to be in the first place before you got lost. They shoot the dog, we'ld leave them there .... right after we broke their other leg.

    They are both also very good alert dogs and letting me know what they hear that's out of place, shouldn't be there, etc. around the house. They know their signals when to show me where it is , or to shut up and be quiet while I check it out. It's pretty easy to train them to do it.
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    We have two Newfoundlands. Think of a big BLACK St Bernard. We got two to keep each other young. Our first was a single and she lasted a very unusual 12 and a quarter years. That's because we'll spend more on the Vet than we will on ourselves under most circumstances.

    These are our KIDS. Newfies are called "gentle giants" for a reason. It's no accident that the original author of the book "Peter Pan" modeled the dog character Nana after his own newfie. We called our first Newfie Nana for that reason. She was huge (145) and as gentle as a lamb.

    When I fought off an intruder coming thru my open window in December of 1996, Nana was snoring peacefully at the front door. She only woke up when the cops and a K-9 unit showed up:

    "Hey MOM & DAD there's BOYS OUTSIDE!"

    But once she realized that mom was really scared, she refused to leave my wife's side. Meanwhile I was icing down my knuckles, not having had time to get to the 1911 in the bedside. One reason the H&K now rests under the pillow.

    When we lost Nana right around 911, we went to a breeder in Texas and got MISS AMERICA aka Missy. A few years later we got MISS LIBERTY aka Libby.

    I would have thought they'd be about as laid back as Nana was until about a year ago when they suddenly just DETONATED in the early pre-dawn hours. It was more of a roar than barks. Very serious. Not the kind of thing like: "Hey there's a POSSUM in the yard can we go play?" This was: "There is an INTRUDER near and we're gonna EAT the threat!" I let the dogs into the fenced yard and followed closely armed. At the same moment my next door neighbor (also a former army captain, flew Cobras) with his 1911 in his hand. He'd heard them, too.

    The yard was clear and the girls quieted right down. My neighbor said later he'd never heard any sound like that before. So, I guess they will protect the family, but I'm more likely to act in protection of them.

    Missy is pushing 10 next year. She doesn't have much time, I think (although I pray over her all the time) and Libby is just almost six. We're getting too old to handle the giant breeds. Next time out we might try either a Golden or maybe a Bernese Mountain Dog. Not sure. And only a single next time.100_0673.jpg
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    We've 2 Cairn Terriers, the youngest is actually in control, one soft woof alerts the older one and he alerts the entire household! They certainly are a treat to love and be loved back.

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    Our 2 1/2 yr.old male German Shepard and our 4th son..... is just an unbelievable guy with 3 Obedience titles under his collar and now going for his tracking title. He is smarter and better looking than most people I know and will protect our family and property to whatever level he thinks necessary.
    Just a real pleasure to be with always............

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    Our 12yo golden is 90% blind and about 80% deaf so he is not really a factor anymore. On the other hand, our other dog is hell on wheels and fearless.

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    Next time out we might try either a Golden or maybe a Bernese Mountain Dog. Not sure. And only a single next time.
    I hear you.

    BTW - love the pic! Your girlies are cuties. You, my friend, look GREAT!!!!!!


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    Nice Rotties,

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    I think of Home Defense in "Layers." My first layer is a beagle and a border collie/Lab mix that sleep on the front porch. They both go ballistic when any strangers show up after dark. Second layer is strong doors and windows. third layer is ADT alarm. Last layer is Mossberg 500A and cell phone. Dogs are the best "early warning" you can have. Proximity alarms cannot differentiate between "friendly" and "threat" but dogs know for sure who doesn't belong in yard!
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