Dog(s) as part of your Home Defense
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A) I used to have a Chihuahua with the idea that all I needed was a little yapper to wake me ...
July 14th, 2009 02:41 PM
Dog(s) as part of your Home Defense
Several part question(s) here;
A) I used to have a Chihuahua with the idea that all I needed was a little yapper to wake me and I would "take care of business". This was when I was by myself. He got to where he wouldn't/couldn't wait to go outside and just about ruined my kitchen cabinets. He's gone now.
Been thinking lately about getting another dog.
Now I have 2 grown daughters & 3 grandchildren with me. Ages; 4 years, 18 months and 3 months. I was thinking 15 pounds plus but not sure how big to go. Years ago I had a miniature Schnauzer at 14 pounds. I would like it (probably will be a female) to be mainly an inside dog.
B) What kind of dog(s) and children combination do you have/recommend and why.
C) I am afraid that the new dog will smell where the other used to hit my cabinets and do the same. Any suggestions as to what to do about that? Replacing the cabinets is not an option (economics).
This a future item because I'm going to wait until I get a fence up, I'm about half-way there. I thought it would be a good topic for discussion and to plan for. Thanks in advance for your replies.
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July 14th, 2009 02:49 PM
Do you have a weight limit?
I was going to get a retired greyhound before my mutt fell in my lap. They are supposed to be really good indoor couch-potato dogs.
You just don't want to end up with this probably; that is a 5 gallon cheesy-poof bucket on his head. He is an active little feller.
July 14th, 2009 03:01 PM
We have what you may consider a dog ranch (I think so anyway) Lab, Weinner, Pug, Chug (don't ask) and Yorki Poo. All are good dogs and kid friendly. As far as a good alerter I would have to say ours is the Yorki Poo. He won't bark unless it is night time and he hears a noise. The rest of them just sleep through it all!
As far as the maked territory from your previous dog, Pet Smart sells several cleaners that will act as a barrier and should keep the next pooch for marking!
July 14th, 2009 03:01 PM
I have one Shepard lab mix, and one shepard Pit mix.... Both are great guard dog's,.. They are good at knowing if I like the person or not, and people I don't know or like,.. will get aggressive toward..
July 14th, 2009 03:18 PM
my family and i have a boxer. There excellent with children. Depending on the sex you get they tend to be highly protective over the opposite sex. Like with ours he's a male and very protective over my wife and son. I did much research on them before getting him. They are prone to certian kinds of illnesses. They are very very family oranited and love being with people. Not so much labeled as guard dogs but mine bit me once when he got his hand (front) stuck in his cage when he was about 10 months and bite my middle ring and pinkie finger. He bit through the nail on my middle finger and blood speewed. same on the other two fingers. Since then he's just gotten bigger and much more strengh. Never aggressive toward me,wife or son. (tollerates) much abuse from the 3 year old, not on intention but he's a little kid. If his sound isnt enough to detur, he is one bad looking boy. My thoughts on the matter i dont know that i'll ever get another kind of dog. He has been the greatest dog i ever had. BTW if you hurt my dog let alone my family, your as good as dead if i can get to you.
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July 14th, 2009 03:21 PM
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July 14th, 2009 03:28 PM
Our Rhodesian Ridgeback is big and is certainly a defensive tool. He is very much aware of who is around the house, yet is is kind to visitors and espcially young children...very protective of the little ones.
He's our built in security system.
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July 14th, 2009 03:31 PM
Whatever you end up with, try to make it a rescue dog.
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July 14th, 2009 03:41 PM
Same here. We have a pug and a Yorkie Poo. The Pug could care less about who might be snooping aroud outside the house, sleeps throughh it all, but the Yorkie Poo barks like crazy any time he hears a noise outside, and it is a pretty loud sounding bark.
Originally Posted by 2ndsupporter
No way will we be surprised by an intruder, night or day.
Better then our alarm system.
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July 14th, 2009 04:05 PM
I have a Boxer and he is by far the best dog I have ever owned. He is loyal to my wife and young baby. He takes a ton of abuse from ear tugs to eye pokes and would never hurt my child. He is very protective of my wife and child and would give his life for any of us.
Originally Posted by tattooguru
He is also a fantastic guard dog, there is no way you are just going to slip into our house unnoticed. We run a tandem of Boston Terrier (another great dog) and Boxer. Both are great with alerting us to what is going on around the house.
Another thing that I like about boxers is the combination of strength, attitude, train ability, and intelligence. That is why they perform so well with Schutzhund training. Take look at these boxers on this video!
YouTube - Boxers - a protection training by International dogschool K9
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July 14th, 2009 04:06 PM
Best dog I ever had was Lab/Weinner mix. Great with kids, but very protective of the house. For example, my wife was watching my dogs when we were dating, our daughter was taking a shower and her nephew (major SB, he is not allowed in our house) walked on in the house. Gus let him in about 10 feet and then stopped him. Nephew just about peed his pants. Gus would not let him move either way, if he did, he went after him. Nephew kept screaming until my daughter finished shower,lol.
He was such a great dog I just had my Chocolate and Wiemy produce me another.
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July 14th, 2009 04:26 PM
Boxers are great family dogs, it's part of the breed to love kids and be tolerant of them. They are excellent companions, funny, sweet, and have very expressive faces,some of them darn near talk...lol.They are also what's called a thinking guard dog, once they know someone is ok, they are ok. If you can, get two, one will definitely have more energy than you, a dog buddy to play with is always nice for them, They play pretty rough with other dogs sometimes, and other dogs might not like it ,but another Boxer will .
Whatever dog you get, the house training is on you, If a dog goes in the house it's your fault, They can't wait forever and they do give signs. I've always taught mine to scratch the door, some have even woken me up when they need to go. They give signals, learn to read them. They learn best with positive reinforcement, never hitting, or getting angry with them.
Also, leave the puppy with the mother a minimum of eight weeks, even longer is better.
July 14th, 2009 04:28 PM
Originally Posted by BaserRonin
That picture is hilarious ! Did he eat his way down to the bottom ?
July 14th, 2009 04:31 PM
Great advice on the dog training! We taught our dogs to ring a bell when they have to pee.
Originally Posted by PNUT
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July 14th, 2009 04:39 PM
Thank you. Ringing the bell is a good idea. I've had five Boxers, all of them were house trained very ,very easily, Duke was the champ, I got him when he was 14 weeks old, took 3 days to house train him , It's amazing what you can accomplish with a piece of cheese and an "atta boy". Crate training is a great idea too, especially when you start with a younger puppy. I had two that loved their crates even after they were grown they'd go in just to hang out. Boxers are known for being clean, like cats.
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The dog in my picture is a Boxer/Rottweiler , unfortunately he took after his uncle ,who I imagine was a Wolverine...lol. I love him anyway.
For home defense, I guess it all depends on what you want. A dog that will bark is plenty good for most people, a dog that will attack is what some people want. The problem with the dog that will attack is if despite your best efforts the dog ever gets out, or bites someone he shouldn't, you're going to have a problem.
I have to be super vigilant with this dog, and it does get to be a pain sometimes.
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