:afraid: Nein, nein nein!
and he WILL nail anyone that comes in that he doesnt know.
One of my nieces asked to name him when he was a puppy. We told her he was a Great Pyrenees, so she called him GP, which morphed into Jeep. Loves his family, doesn't like it when anyone, or anything, enters unannounced. Except, of course, for the mouse that got into the house yesterday.
I have two dogs. A Yorkshire Terrier and a Maltese. The yorky will bark at any noise with which he is unfamiliar. If anyone he doesn't know enters the house, he runs and hides under the futon and continues to bark until I tell him to shut up. At which point, he stays under the futon until that person leaves. My Maltese thinks that anyone who enters the house must surely have come there exclusively to see her and acts accordingly with wagging tail, licks and the obligatory little pee on the floor by their feet because she is sooooooo excited to see them.
Great looking dog...I love big dogs!
Nothing beats the companionship of a BIG lovable and protective canine.:hand2:
To the OP...
I have two dogs, a three year old Irish Wolfhound (Maggie) who is a lover, not sure about the watchdog part yet...no incidents.
The other is a 6 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback (Gunner) who WILL be a fine watchdog. He's afraid of nothing...:nono: He came from a breeder who has about 7-8 full grown RR at her place. She had two litters totaling 20 pups. When I got Gunner, she told me that the pups all stayed by the house, but one of the pups, yes Gunner, was going out on the property in the midst of the other full-grown adults to let them know that there was a new Sheriff in town. Yep, he's definitely got the personality to protect the home. He's very lovable with us and our little buddy (5 year old) from across the street, but he's very inquisitive, very bold, fears nothing. I even tried a tactic with the vacuum to see what he'd do. He was watching it and backed up a bit from it...when I went towards him, he backed up, waited a few seconds and attacked it...yep, he's going to watch the house.:hand9:
Here's the new sheriff at 8 weeks and 14lbs...he's now 6.5 months and 80+lbs
Attachment 67950 Doesn't he have that "new sheriff" look?
I agree with the OP 100%
I think it truly depends on a number of factors, most obvious being Breed, whether or not the owner/handler is there, and training/life experiences.
I am fully aware that my APBT will probably help a thief carry out the fridge if needed IF one of the family members is not home. I have seen and been notified of this in fact and action on multiple occassions. IF we are home, either myself at my home, or if the dog is staying with my immediate family while I'm away it's a different story. The dog is a whole different beast when the owner or immediate family members are involved.
She has according to my neighbors allowed meter readers, postal workers etc, approach her pen in the past when I used to pen her up outside on warm days while I was at work. Not only approach, but approach and pet her through the fence without so much as a growl. On the flip side, I have been around at my parents place for a weekend here or there and someone unknown to the dog attempted entry into the home unannounced. BIG MISTAKE. Same goes for people approaching the family outside. She immediately inserts herself and goes on the attack. And she has attacked aggressive trespassers(drunk/drugged up) on my property a few years ago. Young children are the only ones that can approach myself or the family and get away with it so far. She seems to think all kids exist to PLAY. Go figure.
The difference in my mind is clearly whenever people the dog perceives as part of her pack are in potential harm. Any other time, she'll lay back and accept the T-bone tossed to her.
edit: thinking about this more I would add one thing... Add a little yipper dog to a big dog and you have a nice system. My parents have a little yipper with radar dishes for ears. Whenever I'm over there that yipper hears things well before getting anywhere near the home and sets my bigger dog on alert.
My dogs don't give a rats behind about the property itself. If we aren't home they'll bark and such, but their main job is alarm system. I don't expect them to protect the tvs.
When they're with me, then it becomes personal.
Nobody's tried to come in the house, but there have been a few incidents that could have gone south - the dogs have passed all tests with flying colors. I'll keep 'em, and my faith in them. If ya wanna know for sure, come in unannounced some night ;)
I need to get hubby to order a new one. It got lost on the last move. Great Book.
This is my loudest barker, Cleopatra...Queen of De nile. (Hubby calls her Cleotus Jones.:rolleyes:) Attachment 67913
This is my Pom, Buddy Holly...dressed in his K9 outfit.Attachment 67914
Another pose.Attachment 67915
Buddy out of uniform. (Undercover??)Attachment 67916
Both of them are very observant. They don't like anything out of the usual and bark and carry on until goes away. They are alarm and siren dogs. The don't need to "attack". Hubby and I are the ones with "teeth", if ya get my drift. Their job is to let us know when something "isn't right" and they work overtime on that sometimes.
This is our sweet Sheba that passed away a few weeks ago. She had a great loud hound voice with is missed.Attachment 67912
The dog's job is to alert me. I would not tolerate an overly aggressive dog, as the owner is supposed to be the Alpha. These two are both Labrador-Rottweiler mixes. The 6-month old barks more than the older guy.
It depends on the nature of the dog whether or not they'll put up with someone breaking into their house. The number one thing to remember is dogs can be unpredictable. I'm fairly good at reading dogs (by no means an expert) but I've spent a long time around my dogs, reading about dogs, observing dogs, and around large numbers of other dogs and I know better than to fully trust a dog. Should a BG really count on their ability to read a dog? No, but we know how smart BGs can be.
I don't expect my (8 herding breed) dogs to actually protect me but they're excellent watch dogs who love to whip themselves into a hysterical barking frenzy and that's all I ask of them.
I think much would have to do with training. That being said, I would only use a dog for an alert. I love my animals too much to put them in harms way.