This is a discussion on Dog(s) as part of your Home Defense within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by BaserRonin that is the most ridiculous thing I have heard all day, and I am on a DOD contract right now. Ok, ...
After you evaluate the dog and determine that it is suitable to start PP work, well that I can say I don't have much of an idea on that personally, as I handle therapy dogs and mostly train in basic obedience and problem behaviors. In fact, I usually try and use the dog's drives to work with me in stopping many of the behaviors that you would want for a working dog. But I have been seeking out mentors this year in PP and SAR to see if that's an area I'm comfortable starting.
Again, that's IF this is a fear situation. There are probably some great trainers near you though, or you're always welcome to email/PM me.
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Bunny, quick question. I like the GSD and the Bull mastiff breeds. Trying to find a larger dog(guard purposes) that will get a long with my Boston terrier and children. Your thoughts would be welcome.
I read the posts that say I don't know what I am talking about and its so wrong but then the poster goes on some tangent about there dog and never posts anything to back it up.
Muddy you are so off base i don't know where to start but here goes.
You sarcasm, are you trying to flame or is it pure arrogance?
Second, Bunny seems to be quite knowledgeable from reading many of her posts about dogs. I don't know what qualifies you to degrade her opinions about a topic in which she IS clearly knowledgeable but it could be done in a civil manner if you are compelled to do so.
I would also like to know where you get your info about rescue dogs not being good to bring around children. I am talking about reputable info not from some obscure internet site....
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We have a GSD/Rott mix and 3 BTs. These two are inseperable:
Lexi is the big dawg - the security guard; Rosco Bob is the little one - he's the security alarm.
This is Lily Bear - she rules the roost around here. She does what she wants, when she wants; she hears what she wants, when she wants. She's bascially a diva - pia.
This is Sisu - he's a rescue. He's got the best personality and went through Canine Good Citizen training!
Rosco Bob was also a rescue, we got him at 6 months old. He had been neglected and had little interaction with people until we adopted him. He was one of the most socially inept dogs I'd met. He was ok with the other animals, but he was afraid to trust people. It took some time and we also saw a behavioral trainer to help. He had been kept in a kennel for the first 6 months of his life without any interaction except being fed.
The trainer helped US more than anything - she taught us what we needed to know to treat him like a dog (instead of an abused dog)! It helped him understand his place in our 'pack' - and he came out of his shell. Now he's a loveable little wiggle butt (his tail rotates like a helicopter roter all the time).
Rescuing does not mean you're automatically inheriting someone else's problems. We're transporters for a couple of rescue groups around here. A LOT of dogs in foster care are NOT neglected and are perfectly healthy (often pure bred)... we are seeing a terrible increase in owner surrender because of this economy.
We have rescued on both ends of the spectrum - from kill shelters where "what you see is what you get" (Rosco Bob) and the top of the line pet orphange where we adopted Sisu. Both had been fully vetted, tested for heartworms, started on preventative, all shots were up to date, nuetered & microchipped.
Reputable rescue groups will make the best match for the dog and the family who is adopting. There is usually an application & interview process and home visits to make sure the fit is right for everyone involved. On the other hand, rescuing from a city pound is more luck of the draw -- but you can STILL FIND GREAT DOGS THERE TOO!
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I tell anyone looking for something larger than an ankle-nipper: Having a large breed dog, especially one that could be considered "dangerous" by some of the ignorami out there, is an extra responsibility. It's like owning a loaded gun. In the wrong hands, not properly handled, there's a huge potential for injury or possibly even death. Make sure the dog is well-trained and always under your control. And obey the leash laws!
2) find a good breeder (you can email me on that too. There's a big difference between a backyard breeder and a reputable one you can trust) who knows their dogs, or may even have pups on the ground or older ones available for sale/adoption. They can tell you which ones have been raised around smaller dogs and should be able to get along fine.
My Dane loves small dogs, but he's terrified of them. We had a chihuahua growl at him once and he yelped and fled behind my skirt! The big dogs don't always know what to make of him, but they accept him, even if slowly at first. The little ones seem to get their "Napoleon Complex" up with him, and he's such a wuss, poor baby!
Back to the orignal questions:
My daughter grew up with Boston Terriers and we always have had least one big dog that lived with us - first a German Shepard named Shea, then a Rottwieler named Gretchen and the last 2 were litter mates (1/2 rott 1/2 GSD) Lexi & Dakota.
Lexi is our current big dog. Her litter mate, Dakota passed away from chronic problems with arthritis a couple of years ago.
The time will come when we will have to consider another big dog - Lexi is coming up on 11 years old. I'm leaning toward considering another Rott.
Good luck with finding the right match for your family!!
I have to agree with what Bunny said. My female GSD will be sleeping on the floor, and the cat will run up and dive under and bite her on the neck. Sadies will wake up and the cat bails. A few minutes later and it happens again. Finally when Sadies has had enough, she will just put her paw on the cat and hold him down for a little while, and that usually ends things.
Our male on the other hand chases the cat through the house like there is no tomorrow.
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Later on, with Lexi & Dakota: we took in a feral - she was full grown but only weighed about 3 lbs, she was losing hair and losing teeth because she was so malnourished. But she was a hellcat!!
We called her Gracie, becuse she was the exact opposite of being "full of grace". She hissed and spit and had the dogs cowed down like she was a tiger instead of a 3 or 4 lb cat!
It was the funniest thing to see the 2 big dogs (one weighed 120lbs and the other was about 140lbs) and they wouldn't come down the hallway if that little bitty cat was anywhere around!
I think you misunderstood.I'm talking about one dog,and trying to get him to equate seeing a stranger with getting a treat so as to stop his aggression. Say he's barking at the mailman, I bring him a piece of meat, he pays the meat no mind until the mailman is long gone, not something that I conditioned him to do, quite the opposite. Take the dog that is mean, while he is in that aggressive posture ,he will not eat. Throw it a treat all day long, he won't go get it, not while the threat is there. They aren't going to stop protecting to grab a snack.
No ,I didn't turn him mean. I'd rather have a nice, easy dog. He's getting there.
I have a rottie and a pit that certainly look the part. Playing it it is a different story. LOL My dad was coming to visit and had never met my dog before. (the rottie) I was a little worried about him just walking in the house. I had told him to open the door slowly and ease in. If she started raising heck just wait outside untill i got home. A few hours passed and i hadnt heard from him so i decided to call.
Me: Hey. What are you doing?
Dad: Making coffee.
Me: I guess you got in then.
Me: What did she do? Did she raise heck?
Dad: Hell, she didnt even roll over.
Me: So much for a guard dog. lol