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(Yahoo)   Think Fido is going to protect your house? Think again. Your dog wants to play with the burglar   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 150
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2012-11-14 01:54:22 PM  
1. Burglar beings squeeky toys on the job
2. pat pat pat pat pat pat
(roll over)
3.Rub rub rub rub rub rub rub rub
4. PROFIT!!!
 
2012-11-14 01:55:09 PM  
How my dog will react to the burglar is not the issue. It's how the burglar reacts to the dog.
 
2012-11-14 01:57:34 PM  

Treygreen13: How my dog will react to the burglar is not the issue. It's how the burglar reacts to the dog.


Ding! Ding! Ding!
I have a black pit/lab mix who weighs about 65 lbs. He couldn't be more of a snuggly bunny if he tried but you better believe his bark and stature have helped me get rid of unwanted visitors.
 
2012-11-14 01:58:02 PM  
Wait a minute, every single thread about guns and home protection have taught me that big dogs are the only way to guard your home.
 
2012-11-14 01:59:04 PM  

kobrakai: Treygreen13: How my dog will react to the burglar is not the issue. It's how the burglar reacts to the dog.

Ding! Ding! Ding!
I have a black pit/lab mix who weighs about 65 lbs. He couldn't be more of a snuggly bunny if he tried but you better believe his bark and stature have helped me get rid of unwanted visitors.


yeah, I have a 85 pound boxer, who has an intimidating sound....but once you actually get in and say hello he's just an attention hound
 
2012-11-14 01:59:45 PM  
Hey! These dogs look exactly like the dogs from the posted Fark link the other day!!

AMAZING!!!
 
2012-11-14 01:59:50 PM  
Well, my Cocker Spaniel would wiggle at a burgler. No help there.
The Springer on the other hand, she might cause a burglar some problems. Not because she'd be trying to protect the house, but because she'd be jumping up on them and, assuming they're male, hitting them square in the nuts like she regularly does to me.
 
2012-11-14 01:59:50 PM  
This is why I don't have a dog. I don't need any additional fashion accessories, also I give and get pleanty of love from my human family.
 
2012-11-14 02:00:47 PM  
My dog couldn't hurt a fly. I took her jogging with me once in an area where mountain lions are sometimes seen. Well, about halfway through the trail we hear a growl in the distance. My dog takes that as her sign to run in the opposite direction as fast as she can. I had to let go of the leash because the trail was largely downhill and I would have face planted down a mountain. I found her hiding underneath my car.

/heart of a lion that one.
//my sister's yorkie is the alfa
///she might try to get attention from a burglar, but she'd probably try to hide underneath the coffee table. All 80 lbs of her.
 
2012-11-14 02:01:32 PM  

tweek46420: kobrakai: Treygreen13: How my dog will react to the burglar is not the issue. It's how the burglar reacts to the dog.

Ding! Ding! Ding!
I have a black pit/lab mix who weighs about 65 lbs. He couldn't be more of a snuggly bunny if he tried but you better believe his bark and stature have helped me get rid of unwanted visitors.

yeah, I have a 85 pound boxer, who has an intimidating sound....but once you actually get in and say hello he's just an attention hound


Husky Doberman, 85 lbs. 2 seconds of chin rubs and he will show you where we keep the valuables.
 
2012-11-14 02:01:36 PM  
All this and no Mayhem by Allstate pictures yet?

Hey guys. This bone. Awesome
 
2012-11-14 02:01:40 PM  
Should have tested a chow.
 
2012-11-14 02:03:41 PM  
My dog goes ape-shiat if a stranger comes to the door, real evil sounding bark/growl from a dog who's hardly ever vocal in any situation. But if someone were to actually break in I think he'd stand there confused for a couple minutes before he asked for some head scratches.
 
2012-11-14 02:04:13 PM  
I watched enough It Takes a Thief to know this.

What gets me is the people who let their dogs bark their heads off at the window whenever another dog walks by - like that dog was going to come in and jack their plasma screen TV. Your dog is barking because you spoil it and it doesn't want the other dog to move in on its territory. The owners will tell themselves Mr Yippy is protective and would scare away a burglar, but they don't notice that Mr Yippy doesn't make a peep when it's only a person walking by.
 
2012-11-14 02:05:00 PM  
I should become a burglar. I'll get to break into people's houses and play with their dogs! That sounds like fun!
 
2012-11-14 02:05:37 PM  
 
2012-11-14 02:05:41 PM  
REPEAT from a few days ago. Looks like modmins stop repeats about as well as these dogs stop the burglars.
 
2012-11-14 02:05:44 PM  
Usually the mere sight of a large dog is enough to make a would-be burglar find a different target. None of my dogs are big and scary but two of them would go batshiat and bark like crazy. Another thing that people who are trying not to draw attention to themselves would rather avoid. The other two may not even lift their heads off their pillow.
 
2012-11-14 02:06:15 PM  
www.allstate.com
"Hey, you guys are great!"
 
2012-11-14 02:06:15 PM  
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2012-11-14 02:06:21 PM  
"Hey! Hey! You! There's food in the fridge! Can I have food? Hey! You with the TV! Can I have food? Food! In the fridge! The food! The fridge! Food!"

My guard critter can be defeated with 4 dollars worth of sliced ham from the grocery store.
 
2012-11-14 02:07:12 PM  
We always figured that Lily, our 85-pound Akita cross, would scare off anyone who managed to get over the barbed wire at the top of our fence and make it onto our property. We found out that we figured wrong when one day, the propane inspector dude was unable to reach our tenant by phone and climbed over the fence. My husband happened to glance out the front window and saw Lily playing with the guy.

I am pretty sure that if she'd seen someone being aggressive toward either of us that person would have regretted it, however.

Our current dogs probably can't be relied on much, either.

/ R.I.P. Lily
// Stupid liver cancer...
 
2012-11-14 02:07:36 PM  
my dog is just an deterent / early warning device..I can handle the threat once I know it's there..

dogs are pack animals..they don't realy care about your stuff..but many will attack if a member of their pack is being assaulted..

and dogs can sense fear / nervousness .. I would be pretty relaxed if I was robbing your place with a protective suit and permission as this guy did ..
 
2012-11-14 02:09:15 PM  
It all depends, I had a malamute who was a giant baby, right up until a burglar tried to break into my house via the window right next to the crib. The dog was stabbed by the burglar's knife and needed stitches, the burglar was found by the police a block or so away, passed out behind a small shed from lack of blood (the cops just followed the blood trail).

I don't care if my dog won't protect the flat screen when I'm not home, after all I have home owners insurance and I'd rather not have some dog prone to overreacting when people come onto his territory. What I do what is a dog that will fark shiat up when I'm not home, but my wife and six month old son are.

Basically my malamute was unhappy about the whole "strange man comes through window next to baby" thing and the moment my wife screamed he went from unhappy to "you know what solves all kinds of problems? Biting this dude repeatedly." When no one is around, he's welcome to help the guy load the TV for all I and my 750 dollar deductible care.

/the day the dog came back from the animal hospital he limped over to the easy chair by the window the burglar came through, sat down behind it and locked his eyes on the window, ready for round two
 
2012-11-14 02:11:32 PM  
I know this, and I have a pit bull.

Now, if I was being attacked, he'd chew off the guy's face, but barring me being hurt, he's gonna want to play tug of war.
 
2012-11-14 02:11:50 PM  

petec: .but many will attack if a member of their pack is being assaulted..


This. My Australian Shepherd would let anyone into the house if we weren't there, but gave the 14 year old that pushed my 5 year old an arm full of holes and is loathe to let someone stand between either of the kids and him.
 
2012-11-14 02:12:20 PM  
I have a feeling there are other situations where the dogs would have performed much better. From personal experience I can say my dog is happy enough to bark it's damn head off at 2am if something unexpected makes a noise.
 
2012-11-14 02:13:06 PM  

ha-ha-guy: limped over to the easy chair by the window the burglar came through, sat down behind it and locked his eyes on the window, ready for round two


That is beautiful.
 
2012-11-14 02:14:03 PM  

kisseswookies: My dog takes that as her sign to run in the opposite direction as fast as she can.


My shar-pei consistently runs away from threats as fast as possible in the completely opposite direction. If I want to see what may be in my yard all I have to do is walk directly opposite his path when he bolts.

So far the list of things he consistently run from:
Geese
Ducks
Rabbits
Deer - Scary to run into these guys at 5:00 AM...
Coyotes - I usually run with him on this one...
Skunks - he got sprayed once. Safe to say he did not like it.
People

He's like a reverse tracking hound.
 
2012-11-14 02:14:26 PM  

Tat'dGreaser: Wait a minute, every single thread about guns and home protection have taught me that big dogs are the only way to guard your home.


Well trained dogs are a good way to guard your home, just as well trained gunowners are a good way to protect against home invasion.

The problem is too many retards with rotties, pitts, and guns and not enough of the "well trained" variety.
 
2012-11-14 02:15:26 PM  
Our dog barks at everything and everyone that gets close. He's a beagle/terrier mix, so he's not going to actually harm anyone even if he wasn't super-friendly, but if anyone comes snooping around at night at least I'll know.

When no one's home? Yeah might as well not even have a dog.
 
2012-11-14 02:15:26 PM  

ha-ha-guy: It all depends, I had a malamute who was a giant baby, right up until a burglar tried to break into my house via the window right next to the crib. The dog was stabbed by the burglar's knife and needed stitches, the burglar was found by the police a block or so away, passed out behind a small shed from lack of blood (the cops just followed the blood trail).

I don't care if my dog won't protect the flat screen when I'm not home, after all I have home owners insurance and I'd rather not have some dog prone to overreacting when people come onto his territory. What I do what is a dog that will fark shiat up when I'm not home, but my wife and six month old son are.

Basically my malamute was unhappy about the whole "strange man comes through window next to baby" thing and the moment my wife screamed he went from unhappy to "you know what solves all kinds of problems? Biting this dude repeatedly." When no one is around, he's welcome to help the guy load the TV for all I and my 750 dollar deductible care.

/the day the dog came back from the animal hospital he limped over to the easy chair by the window the burglar came through, sat down behind it and locked his eyes on the window, ready for round two


so dusty! Thank you. That's a wonderful story and I agree completely.
 
2012-11-14 02:15:29 PM  
Our dog looks intimidating and is very prote,tive of the family. When I used to travel, he would sleep at the top of the stairs rather than in the middle of the floor (on my way to the bathroom).

120 lb Ridgeback mutt makes quite the intimidating woof.
 
2012-11-14 02:15:44 PM  
Not intimidating, but they'd make enough noise there's no way I wouldn't know you were there or maybe a squirrel.

Unless a FedEx guy broke in. Then he'd have to deal with 7 lbs of whirling fury and maybe 8 oz of jaw pressure.
 
2012-11-14 02:16:53 PM  
Pitbull. Check!
Rottie. Check!
German Shepard. Check!
Chihuahua. Check!
Rat Terrier. Check!

3 of these 5 dogs will not be your friend if you enter my house without invitation. Guess which ones.

It really doesn't matter anyways, they are more of an alarm system than a defensive system as 95% there is someone at our house.
 
2012-11-14 02:19:13 PM  
My Golden would not only want to play, but for a treat she'd serve up the combination to the gun safe.
 
2012-11-14 02:19:20 PM  

petec: my dog is just an deterent / early warning device..I can handle the threat once I know it's there..

dogs are pack animals..they don't realy care about your stuff..but many will attack if a member of their pack is being assaulted..

and dogs can sense fear / nervousness .. I would be pretty relaxed if I was robbing your place with a protective suit and permission as this guy did ..


Fear.

That probably explains why I was attacked decades ago, while collecting for a paper-route.

/ German Shepherd
// I was very fortunate: only some ripped fabric (jeans)
/// D-bag owner didn't even apologize...
 
2012-11-14 02:19:36 PM  
I have two Shelties. They would probably bark a bit but otherwise play with the burglar.
 
2012-11-14 02:19:37 PM  
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2012-11-14 02:19:59 PM  
You know what's really scary........

The burglar went to your kitchen cabinet and got a jar of peanut butter....

/ermahgerd
 
2012-11-14 02:20:17 PM  
My dog might drown a burglar with kisses. Ass attack cat though you better watch out for. The hot water heater inspector man did not pay enough attention to her she jumped up and hung off his butt and gave me the what? I didn't do anything look. I was just reminding him he was here to pet me and wasn't doing it.
 
2012-11-14 02:20:26 PM  
English Mastiff

visitor- 200 pound lion
me- 200 pounds of slobbery pillow
 
2012-11-14 02:21:30 PM  

Tat'dGreaser: Wait a minute, every single thread about guns and home protection have taught me that big dogs are the only way to guard your home.


And a gun will do what for you if you don't happen to be home?
 
2012-11-14 02:21:39 PM  

Treygreen13: How my dog will react to the burglar is not the issue. It's how the burglar reacts to the dog.


Exactly.  I *think* my dog would not allow someone to break in to the house, but what I know is that the delivery people won't even get near the door because it sounds like there's a giant farking wolf about ready to come through it.
 
2012-11-14 02:22:18 PM  

Forbidden Doughnut: petec: my dog is just an deterent / early warning device..I can handle the threat once I know it's there..

dogs are pack animals..they don't realy care about your stuff..but many will attack if a member of their pack is being assaulted..

and dogs can sense fear / nervousness .. I would be pretty relaxed if I was robbing your place with a protective suit and permission as this guy did ..

Fear.

That probably explains why I was attacked decades ago, while collecting for a paper-route.

/ German Shepherd
// I was very fortunate: only some ripped fabric (jeans)
/// D-bag owner didn't even apologize...


I've only ever been bit by small dogs.

One was a bichon frese, and the d-bag kids egged it on as I was delivering papers. There was a German Shepard inside too.

The other was a minpin that was sitting on my wife's lap and got me when I went to hand her a drink.
 
2012-11-14 02:22:25 PM  
The dog that would have bitten a stranger who walks into the house when its owner was away is probably the same dog that might bite a stranger while their owner is in the house, and is the same dog that might bite a stranger who wanders into its yard.

What I'm saying is, in a residential neighborhood, having a dog that barks but is reluctant to bite people is far preferable to having a dog that would maul the shiat out of an intruder.
 
2012-11-14 02:22:29 PM  
Of course I want the burglar to pet my dog. Now, not paying any attention to the poor critter who's doing his darnedest to suck up - that would be rude.

You can have my stuff, don't hurt my dog.
 
2012-11-14 02:23:12 PM  
You're a burglar and slightly open the door to my apartment. You see an 80lb german shepherd sitting and staring at you, about two feet away. There is a slight growling sound coming from her. You can either continue into the apartment and hope she's friendly, or you can close the door as fast as possible and retreat from the building hoping she doesn't follow.

If you choose to continue into the apartment, turn to page 7. If you choose to try and quickly close the apartment door and leave, turn to page 15.

/She'd just jump up and lick you

She actually gets whiny when she sees kids outside playing cause they're her size and she wants to go run and play and dance with them.
 
2012-11-14 02:23:50 PM  

meat0918: I've only ever been bit by small dogs.


Big dogs warn you.
 
2012-11-14 02:27:30 PM  
I think my Jackhuahua and Chi-Pin would annoy invaders away.
 
2012-11-14 02:28:19 PM  
I think it's reasonable to expect house dogs to not attack a burglar, depending on how they enter the premises. If they bang on the door and break glass, I would be surprised if my dogs didn't get pissed. But if it was relatively easy to get in, they would probably assume it was a guest.

That said, if someone broke in and attacked me or my wife, then I am pretty damn sure either my Bull Mastiff or Saint Bernard would come to the rescue.

Once the dogs break it up, then it's the shotgun's turn to play.
 
2012-11-14 02:28:34 PM  

SundaesChild: Tat'dGreaser: Wait a minute, every single thread about guns and home protection have taught me that big dogs are the only way to guard your home.

And a gun will do what for you if you don't happen to be home?


Duh, guns shoot themselves.

People don't kill people, guns do.
 
2012-11-14 02:28:54 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: My Golden would not only want to play, but for a treat she'd serve up the combination to the gun safe.


why did you tell the dog the combination to begin with.
 
2012-11-14 02:29:59 PM  
120 lb German Shepherd. Dog patrols the house during the night. Will fark up any intruders, why? That's his job and his home. and he takes it very seriously. He also loves pretending he is a horse with my son...at least he puts up with it.

At the same time, he has a fantastic memory. If you have ever been welcomed into the house you are golden. Had a friend come up to grab some tickets I left under the mat. Dog started going nuts and barking as she walked up the driveway. "Major, it's Angie." Dead silence after that.
 
2012-11-14 02:31:24 PM  
I used to have one that was part shepherd, part pitbull, and part chainsaw when I was a kid. My mom and dad could take a steak out of it's mouth without a growl. Ditto me and my best friend. OTOH, if a stranger tried to break in when we were out we'd have likely needed to replace the carpets and repaint the walls, but we wouldn't need to buy dog food for a month because when we got home Monty would've been curled up, alternately snoozing and burping while digesting the poor bastard.
Monty terrified the mailman, though, so we ended up giving him away to a biker with a large bike shop/parts place just outside of town who needed a protection system for his place.
 
2012-11-14 02:31:49 PM  
I live in a rather new, rural subdivision. Almost everyone has

Treygreen13: How my dog will react to the burglar is not the issue. It's how the burglar reacts to the dog.


This. I have a 55 lbs. Retriever/Husky mix (Beulah) who's super friendly, but she barks/growls at any noises and strange vehicles in the vicinity of the house, and a beagle mix (Dexter) who joins in with her with a very loud baying if someone comes to the door.

Most burglars will either case a place, or knock on your door pretending to sell something to make sure no one's home. My neighbour doesn't have a dog or an alarm system. Unless they know I have something of particularly high value (I don't), they'll break into his house over mine. How my dogs would react is a non-issue. Quite honestly I'd prefer them to be passive if no one's home. I'd rather lose my TV that's covered by insurance than have my dogs hurt or killed.

I also know from experience that they're reaction is vastly different if my wife is home alone with the baby. Alone they'd have the same kind of reaction as these dogs (Strange human... unsure what to do... maybe I'll bark a bit and then settle down), with my wife and baby home alone, they're a lot more protective. Came home late one night and the baby squawked so I went to go check on her. Beulah didn't realize I was home. She blew past me to get between me and the baby and then gave me a, "It's business time" growl that I'd never heard out of her before. Never been happier to have a dog ready to attack me, even if it did end up waking the baby.
 
2012-11-14 02:31:52 PM  
I'd rather have a friendly dog than one who might bite my hand off. Get an alarm system if you want home protection.
 
2012-11-14 02:32:41 PM  

dancindan84: I live in a rather new, rural subdivision. Almost everyone has Treygreen13: How my dog will react to the burglar is not the issue. It's how the burglar reacts to the dog.


And this is what happens when I start to write one thing, change my mind and forget to preview.
 
2012-11-14 02:32:46 PM  
My dane/lab will bark lots but lick you to death, my red heeler will hold her ground and make the same face that the alien makes in Alien (lots of drooling and growling, too - kind of disturbing, to tell the truth).

Whoever mentioned the chow is totally correct; my buddy has one and it bites all of us whenever we're near it. We all shared a summer place on Hornby this summer, and that Chow kept everyone out of the place unless my friend was near.

Damned nervous dog, I'll tell ya.
 
2012-11-14 02:33:11 PM  
You see, this is why Obamacare is going to threaten all of us. I heard they are going to have "devocalizing" panels that are going to make decisions about taking the bark from your fluffy little fido. It will make burglarizing your house easier and is part of Lord and Master's new wealth distribution plan. That and taking all our guns so we can't protect ourselves from the raping and pillaging hoards.
/seriously.
//hey at least I didn't call him Fartbongo
 
2012-11-14 02:35:01 PM  
This is why I beat my dog with a broomhandle and feed it crack mixed with gunpowder...

My husky is a Goddamn coward. When my roomate's dog barks, she hops on the couch, looks at the door, and says "You guys got this one". Her pup, a husky-chow will bark at damn near anything. Streetlights come on-Bark. People talking two streets over-Bark. Airplane flies over-Growl. She will let me know things are moving outside. Now my roomate's (2 for each of us) Rottie-Shepard...this motherfarker has a serious bark. But he never uses it for disturbances. He justs waits. Like when the mailman shoves mail through the door, he just kinda crouches down a little and is like "please come through that door". He plays rough as hell too. He likes to jump straight up so that he is eye level with you, and wrap his paws around your shoulders to see if he can bring you down.
 
2012-11-14 02:36:31 PM  

nickerj1: She actually gets whiny when she sees kids outside playing cause they're her size and she wants to go run and play and dance with them.


My boy does this. Thankfully all the kids in my neighborhood are dog lovers so I'll oblige him when he really starts whining. And everybody has a fun afternoon :)
 
2012-11-14 02:37:13 PM  
My 100 pound German Sheppard, Baelor the Blessed, does NOT want to play.
 
gja
2012-11-14 02:37:21 PM  
125 pound Rottie. He is trained to guard. He obeys VERY well.
B&E on my premises and he WILL play with you, like you are a chew-toy. Seriously.

The reason he will do this? TRAINING, lots and lots of it. Wasn't easy or cheap but he is sweet when off-point and relaxed.
But watch out for ON-POINT and in 'you-just-effed-up-and-threatened-my-human' mode.

Otherwise, he is just a big goofey, sweetipie, lick-fest on four feet. And as old as he is he will fetch that damned ball til your arms falls the fark off.
 
2012-11-14 02:38:23 PM  
There was a hilarious Richard Pryor routine about his dog letting a burglar into his house... the dog's friendly and accommodating, shows where the silverware is, all that... when the burglar gets to the door, "that's when the motherfarker turned into the Exorcist.  'YOU CAN'T LEAVE!  I WANT TO PLAY!'"
 
It's funny in context, anyway.  Someone probably remembers it.
 
2012-11-14 02:38:51 PM  
Getting 2 dogs. A Doberman and a German Shepherd. Haven't thought of names yet, but they must play well with hellcats.
 
2012-11-14 02:39:31 PM  
We have 2 dogs, a big intimidating German Shepherd and a short, frumpy Bassett Hound. One day I got a letter from the scooper service that they would not be coming out anymore until we did something about our "aggressive dog" .

Now, I knew the Shepherd looks vicious, but I have never once seen him act it. I gave the service a call to get this hashed out.

Wasn't him. Only thing he was guilty of was pestering the scooper techs with tennis balls. But apparently every single one of them is scared to death of the Bassett. According to them she lies in ambush and goes for the back of the legs when they get close enough.

/has to go to doggie day camp on those days
//apparently her attitude improves when she isn't on "her turf"
 
2012-11-14 02:40:35 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: My Golden would not only want to play, but for a treat she'd serve up the combination to the gun safe.


Ditto. They'd get away with everying but my golden's toys.
 
2012-11-14 02:41:33 PM  
My Golden/Shepard mix thinks that everybody wants to hug her. She is a great alarm but I really don't know how she would react if someone was aggressive. Hope I never have to find out.
 
2012-11-14 02:42:09 PM  
Doesn't he look friendly? He is, unti you knock on the door, or get near my truck.

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2012-11-14 02:43:17 PM  

Pumpernickel bread: [www.allstate.com image 235x156]
"Hey, you guys are great!"

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Came here for Mayhem Guy.
Leaving satisfied
 
2012-11-14 02:43:32 PM  
I had a basset as a teen, he was a big, floppy marshmallow. We lived 1/4 of a mile off a dirt road in the woods. One day a couple of JWs came knocking. The dog went crazy after these guys. I told them to go away, and I couldn't hold the dog back for long. once they started away, I let the dog loose. He chased them all the way down to the road barking and snarling at them. Then proudly marched back to get a cookie.

/miss that dog
 
2012-11-14 02:43:43 PM  
Diito on the folks saying that just the presence of the dog is enough. We have a St. Bernard with self-esteem issues. He'll honestly just drool on anybody who visits, but the mailman won't get out of the car saying, "That dog scares the shiat out of me."
 
gja
2012-11-14 02:44:26 PM  

santadog: Doesn't he look friendly? He is, unti you knock on the door, or get near my truck.

[imageshack.us image 480x640]


Nice coat and coloring!
 
2012-11-14 02:46:10 PM  
I had an insane cocker spaniel years ago -Barney- who thought he was ten feet tall and bulletproof. An insurance saleman stopped at the house one day; I was standing on the porch and the dog was going nuts. I warned the guy not to get out of his car unless he wanted to get bit; he thought I was bluffing.

He stepped out and Barney promptly tore the cuff off his pant leg. I just said "welp, I told ya."

The guy drove away without a word. Barney was just sitting there, wgging his little tail nub, holding the piece of pants cuff in his mouth.
 
2012-11-14 02:46:31 PM  
Our miniature Schnauzers automatically hate anyone new or different ... especially children. If we're ever invaded at gunpoint by a toddler, we've got it covered.

Though, one of them tried to break through the front window one day when someone walked by on the street and our daughter was in the front yard (cracked the glass a bit but couldn't get all the way through), even though my wife was with her. Now we have to close the blinds if the kids play out front.
 
2012-11-14 02:48:09 PM  

Matt Foley: tweek46420: kobrakai: Treygreen13: How my dog will react to the burglar is not the issue. It's how the burglar reacts to the dog.

Ding! Ding! Ding!
I have a black pit/lab mix who weighs about 65 lbs. He couldn't be more of a snuggly bunny if he tried but you better believe his bark and stature have helped me get rid of unwanted visitors.

yeah, I have a 85 pound boxer, who has an intimidating sound....but once you actually get in and say hello he's just an attention hound

Husky Doberman, 85 lbs. 2 seconds of chin rubs and he will show you where we keep the valuables.


103lb Doberman.... puts up a good show till you pull out the biscuit... then he'll hold the door open for you.
 
2012-11-14 02:49:23 PM  

santadog: Doesn't he look friendly? He is, unti you knock on the door, or get near my truck.

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That's a good looking Heeler.
 
2012-11-14 02:51:15 PM  

santadog: Doesn't he look friendly? He is, unti you knock on the door, or get near my truck.

[imageshack.us image 480x640]


sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net

My dog would let you do this to her even if you're a complete stranger.
 
2012-11-14 02:52:16 PM  

tweek46420: Dancin_In_Anson: My Golden would not only want to play, but for a treat she'd serve up the combination to the gun safe.

why did you tell the dog the combination to begin with.


Because she's a hunting dog?
 
2012-11-14 02:52:24 PM  

kobrakai: Treygreen13: How my dog will react to the burglar is not the issue. It's how the burglar reacts to the dog.

Ding! Ding! Ding!
I have a black pit/lab mix who weighs about 65 lbs. He couldn't be more of a snuggly bunny if he tried but you better believe his bark and stature have helped me get rid of unwanted visitors.


Not just that. My digs are there to wake me up. My dogs might only try to lick you to death, but they're going to make one f*ck of a racket as you try to break in. They're the alarm, I'm the enforcer.
 
2012-11-14 02:54:06 PM  
I dont have dogs to guard my house when I am away. I have dogs for companionship, and for backup when they show up when any of us are home. My dogs have proven to be worthless for protecting items in the house. They have also proven to be very protective of the rest of their pack against anything outside the pack. VERY protective. I would rather be shot in the gut than attacked by my two dogs, the odds would be better.
 
2012-11-14 02:54:40 PM  

Skyd1v: We have 2 dogs, a big intimidating German Shepherd and a short, frumpy Bassett Hound. One day I got a letter from the scooper service that they would not be coming out anymore until we did something about our "aggressive dog" .

Now, I knew the Shepherd looks vicious, but I have never once seen him act it. I gave the service a call to get this hashed out.

Wasn't him. Only thing he was guilty of was pestering the scooper techs with tennis balls. But apparently every single one of them is scared to death of the Bassett. According to them she lies in ambush and goes for the back of the legs when they get close enough.

/has to go to doggie day camp on those days
//apparently her attitude improves when she isn't on "her turf"


Smart puppy. She deserves treats. :)
 
2012-11-14 02:56:44 PM  
We have a Boston Terrier who is totally "on duty" during the day when I'm working at home. I have every confidence he would completely attack anyone who tried getting into the house while I'm here. Furnace cleaners, UPS/Mail delivery, contractors all want nothing to do with him after he gives them a good growl. Once the husband walks in the door, he immediatly looks at him as if to say "Your turn now." and off to his cuddly pillow bed to snore and fart (loudly).
 
2012-11-14 02:59:43 PM  

SundaesChild: Tat'dGreaser: Wait a minute, every single thread about guns and home protection have taught me that big dogs are the only way to guard your home.

And a gun will do what for you if you don't happen to be home?


i259.photobucket.com

The same thing it would do if I was home.
 
2012-11-14 02:59:54 PM  
Far from protecting things, someone once walked into the yard and stole our 100 lb. malamute. Dog just walked off with him. I look out our kitchen window and see a guy hanging onto the dog's collar as he walked away. I ran after and told him to give our dog back. He said it was his friend's dog but I said, "So your friend tied him up in our front yard?" The guy looked at me, then looked at the dog and figured with a 85 lb. 14-year old protected by a 100lb. dog, he'd probably come out on the losing side and gave him back. Our mailman loved our dog, only dog he liked on his route.
 
2012-11-14 03:00:08 PM  
i877.photobucket.com
First you would have to get the door open. Then the dog would remove the body part of his choice.
My neighbor and I used to let each others dogs out if we were going to be late, until I got Jack. He refused to leave the house and wouldn't let her in. When he started growling she gave up. No matter how much we tried to convince him it was ok he refused to go along with it. He was over 2 when I got him from an animal cruelty rescue situation. He loves me and the cat and will only allow people in the house if he is on a leash and that is an improvement. He won't take food from anyone unless I tell him it's ok. He's 11 now and he's as good as he's going to get.
 
2012-11-14 03:00:12 PM  
I don't have a dog, so I have no idea how it would react. My cat...When that back door got kicked in Monday, he apparently ran to the back bedroom upstairs and hid in a corner under my computer table.

/I have still told him I am proud of him and that he scared off the big bad man.
//The theif was really scared off by the 25 year old tv set. Old stuff apparently has a good place in life.
///didn't loose anything, but the idiot then tried the neighbor's apartment, they were home, they got a good look at him. Hopefully the police will catch him
 
2012-11-14 03:01:10 PM  

ha-ha-guy: It all depends, I had a malamute who was a giant baby, right up until a burglar tried to break into my house via the window right next to the crib. The dog was stabbed by the burglar's knife and needed stitches, the burglar was found by the police a block or so away, passed out behind a small shed from lack of blood (the cops just followed the blood trail).

I don't care if my dog won't protect the flat screen when I'm not home, after all I have home owners insurance and I'd rather not have some dog prone to overreacting when people come onto his territory. What I do what is a dog that will fark shiat up when I'm not home, but my wife and six month old son are.

Basically my malamute was unhappy about the whole "strange man comes through window next to baby" thing and the moment my wife screamed he went from unhappy to "you know what solves all kinds of problems? Biting this dude repeatedly." When no one is around, he's welcome to help the guy load the TV for all I and my 750 dollar deductible care.

/the day the dog came back from the animal hospital he limped over to the easy chair by the window the burglar came through, sat down behind it and locked his eyes on the window, ready for round two


I think we found out who's a good boy.
 
2012-11-14 03:02:15 PM  
German Shepherd - 85 pounds of hidey hole cowardice till you mess with one of her people...
 
2012-11-14 03:03:09 PM  

FarknGroovn: kisseswookies: My dog takes that as her sign to run in the opposite direction as fast as she can.

My shar-pei consistently runs away from threats as fast as possible in the completely opposite direction. If I want to see what may be in my yard all I have to do is walk directly opposite his path when he bolts.

So far the list of things he consistently run from:
Geese
Ducks
Rabbits
Deer - Scary to run into these guys at 5:00 AM...
Coyotes - I usually run with him on this one...
Skunks - he got sprayed once. Safe to say he did not like it.
People

He's like a reverse tracking hound.


To be fair, I run from geese too.
/Terrifying creatures.
 
2012-11-14 03:03:38 PM  
We had a German Shepherd cross that we got from a pound as a puppy. We did not know when we got him that he took guarding the home far more seriously than we ever wanted him to. I actually think he remembered the pound and treasured the whole house as his safe place. He never cared much for anyone on the sidewalk outside, but as soon as he heard the difference in sound a footfall made between our walk and the sidewalk, he got, well, mad. Fortunately he listened to us and if we let someone in, Bear was a big baby to them within an hour, but anyone trying to break into the house or yard probably would be missing a limb before they got away.

One summer I had a military posting I had to do and my wife broke her ankle and couldn't look after Bear when I was gone. He went to my mother in law's who felt bad that he was in a new house and actually slept on the couch with him. If he thought he was spoiled at home, he just hit the jackpot. He also defended her house against the meter reader and bit him on the ass pretty good. Fortunately he wasn't hurt (good thing for thick jackets) and the meter reader promised to knock first the next time he came.

i317.photobucket.com

I miss ya, big guy.

/current shelties in the house are useless
 
2012-11-14 03:08:04 PM  
The problem is in today's world a true guard dog is likely to get put down for an incident. In order to function in our society dogs instincts to protect really need to be trained out of them for the most part. However dogs are still very valuable in a watch dog role. Even most gentle and loving dogs will make a lot of noise when someone, particularly someone unfamiliar enters the home.

Also dogs are often better at seizing people up than we realize. If this guy really meant no harm the dogs probably picked up on that and treated him differently than they would an actual burglar who would most likely be putting off an air of more hostility and aggression.
 
2012-11-14 03:08:07 PM  
What it all comes down to is whether you want to pay after someone gets randomly bitten or pay for proper training.
Like some have pointed out, having an aggressive dog in typical small to mid sized neighbourhood is rather impractical. An area with kids as part of the normal landscape? even worse.

The last option is patient and proper training done by yourself which can be time consuming or poorly done. I doubt a majority of Dog owners based on my random sampling know more than rudimentary training techniques for dogs.

In short, having a dog bark and not more when strangers approach is quite acceptable in most cases.

Now, if you live in a well fenced unsafe area, I prefer the "Martial Law/Curfew" type of dog.
 
2012-11-14 03:09:16 PM  

EatHam: meat0918: I've only ever been bit by small dogs.

Big dogs warn you.


That's a fact.

The minpin didn't even growl, he just snapped at me.

The bichon was decades ago, and he came out of nowhere as I was walking back to the sidewalk delivering papers. I don't remember if he warned me at all.
 
2012-11-14 03:09:47 PM  
A friend's CSB. She was home when a pesky salesman came to the door and wouldn't leave. She finally got nervous and fed up. Called the rottweiler's name and the dog reacted to her nervous tone of voice and came flying from the back room growling. Salesman was all elbows and assholes. This was the first time she had ever seen the dog react this way, a big lover usually.
 
2012-11-14 03:12:28 PM  

suthrnrunt: Matt Foley: tweek46420: kobrakai: Treygreen13: Husky Doberman, 85 lbs. 2 seconds of chin rubs and he will show you where we keep the valuables.

103lb Doberman.... puts up a good show till you pull out the biscuit... then he'll hold the door open for you.


80 lb. 1 year old Doberman, on his way to 100lbs. Looks the part, sounds the part, but I'm glad I don't own much of anything worth stealing.

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: "Hey! Hey! You! There's food in the fridge! Can I have food? Hey! You with the TV! Can I have food? Food! In the fridge! The food! The fridge! Food!"

My guard critter can be defeated with 4 dollars worth of sliced ham from the grocery store.


Aaaand this ^
 
2012-11-14 03:13:25 PM  
When someone comes to the door, I let the dogs go up and bark while I see who it is, also letting them see what they would deal with if they are caseing the place. 2 Irish Wolfhounds, 2 Jack Russells, and a Chuhuahua (that the Wolfhounds are convinced is their puppy). Its comical watching the power co. guys check to see if the yard is safe to come into.

If you leave them alone, they probably won't do anything to you. Hit/hurt one, and you are on your own and may God have mercy on your soul. I'll be right behind them with something to end the pain.
 
2012-11-14 03:17:22 PM  
Well it depends on the vibe of the intruder. If you walk in like you own the place, dogs will generally think you own the place. If you're skittish or aggressive, they're going to give it back to you.
 
2012-11-14 03:18:24 PM  

ha-ha-guy: It all depends, I had a malamute who was a giant baby, right up until a burglar tried to break into my house via the window right next to the crib. The dog was stabbed by the burglar's knife and needed stitches, the burglar was found by the police a block or so away, passed out behind a small shed from lack of blood (the cops just followed the blood trail).

I don't care if my dog won't protect the flat screen when I'm not home, after all I have home owners insurance and I'd rather not have some dog prone to overreacting when people come onto his territory. What I do what is a dog that will fark shiat up when I'm not home, but my wife and six month old son are.

Basically my malamute was unhappy about the whole "strange man comes through window next to baby" thing and the moment my wife screamed he went from unhappy to "you know what solves all kinds of problems? Biting this dude repeatedly." When no one is around, he's welcome to help the guy load the TV for all I and my 750 dollar deductible care.

/the day the dog came back from the animal hospital he limped over to the easy chair by the window the burglar came through, sat down behind it and locked his eyes on the window, ready for round two


Your dog deserves a big gotdamn steak
 
2012-11-14 03:21:39 PM  
Honestly, in our house, it isn't the dogs you need to be afraid of...\

it's the wife....
 
2012-11-14 03:25:12 PM  

tweek46420: why did you tell the dog the combination to begin with.


She asked! And it's hard to tell a face like this "no"

dancininanson.net

vballer: Ditto. They'd get away with everying but my golden's toys.


They're funny that way.
 
2012-11-14 03:26:23 PM  
Unless they're trained for it, a dog isn't the best thing to guard your house. They will bark...but that's not much of a deterrent if they bark all the time.

However, they are fiercely loyal and will defend YOU...even the little ones.
 
2012-11-14 03:28:30 PM  

SnyderCat: Honestly, in our house, it isn't the dogs you need to be afraid of...\

it's the wife....


She scares the crap out of me.
 
2012-11-14 03:29:37 PM  
I have 2 Ausie mixes - one is a collie mix (she'll lick your face off and give anyone a beer) the other is mixed with chow. He will not let even neighbors he knows past the the front door unless my collie intervenes. They make a great team!
 
2012-11-14 03:30:53 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: tweek46420: why did you tell the dog the combination to begin with.

She asked! And it's hard to tell a face like this "no"

[dancininanson.net image 640x480]

vballer: Ditto. They'd get away with everying but my golden's toys.

They're funny that way.


fair enough it's hard to tell this face no as well

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2012-11-14 03:32:04 PM  
Like many others, I do not want my dogs to protect my stuff. I *do* expect them to protect US.
 
2012-11-14 03:33:09 PM  
My dog attacks anyone who let's themselves into my house. So long as I open the door she's happy. If they let themselves in she's all teeth.

She's rescue but we got her when she was still being bottle fed so not sure where she learned this behavior. But I've been encouraging it with food and play whenever possible.

/CSB in college my fraternity had a failed police dog for a pet. A someone tried to break in. We heard a noise and came running. Found the dog wagging his tail and his face covered in the robber's blood. When the cops came one said to me "We taught him that." They never caught the guy so guess it couldn't have been so bad.
 
2012-11-14 03:33:19 PM  
2 rat terriers and 1 rescue (looks like a schnoodle but who knows).

All 3 will bark like mad if someone's at the door (Fedex just rings and runs now), however if you make it inside:

One of them is a ball knocker.
All 3 will happily dance around that you are there and will bring you toys and offer kisses.

If you are a field mouse and Esther (RT) sees you then all bets are off and you are dead inside 3 seconds. (She alerts us if she sees a scorpion inside which is cool, too).

The cats will ignore you completely.
 
2012-11-14 03:34:55 PM  
1. Dog barks when burglar enters property
2. Barking wakes me up
3. I grab the shotgun
4. If the barking dog does not deter the burglar to visit a neighbor instead
5. Burglar gets shot, does not pass go, does not profit

One of my dogs will play with you, as long as you are white... Freaking dog is a hard core racist... We have to put her in the yard when certain company visits...
 
2012-11-14 03:35:57 PM  
Intruder didn't smell black enough. Smart dogs.

/hey it's Fark, right? 
 
2012-11-14 03:36:41 PM  
My dog (50 pounds of mutt boxer/some type of terrier) weird damn dog... loves puppies or dogs that she knew when they were puppies and cats of all varieties. Hates all other dogs unless they're male and unneutered.

Barks like she's ready to rip the throat out of anyone who dares come to our door. As soon as they get in though she's the friendliest damn dog on the planet.

/loves belly rubs
//don't steal my stuff, but if you do at least rub the dogs belly realy quick. It makes her day
 
2012-11-14 03:38:35 PM  

R.A.Danny: SnyderCat: Honestly, in our house, it isn't the dogs you need to be afraid of...\

it's the wife....

She scares the crap out of me.


LOL She's completely harmless...just don't mess with her mate or her babies.
 
2012-11-14 03:39:05 PM  
I have a Smooth Fox Terrier who would defend me with his life. I also have a 13-lb Bichon who hates strangers. The two of them together would tag team like Yukon Cornelius's sled dogs.
My neighbor tried to break into my house years ago before I had any dogs. Now released from prison, he is living next door to me again and he won't mess with me again as he is terrified of my dogs. That is deterrent enough for me!
 
2012-11-14 03:51:42 PM  

santadog: Doesn't he look friendly? He is, unti you knock on the door, or get near my truck.

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Crazy how that works. I knew a sheriff who was K9. That shepherd loved me to death. I would pet the heck out of him and play with him for hours. However, if he was in the police car and the sheriff was not around. That dog would try to put itself through the window to bite your head off. It knew who I was but it also knew what it was suppose to protect and that it was only going to let one man near that car.
 
2012-11-14 03:52:09 PM  

tweek46420: fair enough it's hard to tell this face no as well


HAHAHAHAHA!
 
2012-11-14 03:56:38 PM  
My "guard" dogs (2 Shar Pei) are there to alert me when/if someone might want to come into my house while I am home and provide enough intimidation to the person so that they think twice about it. At best, maybe they will stall them long enough for me to arm myself.

If I am not home...come in, take what you want. I have a LOT of home owners insurance. Just don't hurt my dogs or I will have to hunt you down and kill you with my bare hands.

/Internet tough guy
 
2012-11-14 03:59:57 PM  
The big one would either play or hide depending on how scary the intruder was. The little one would fight. I know this because she responds aggressively even to welcome visitors while we're home. Half chihuahua, half toy fox terrier, aaaaaall attitude.

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2012-11-14 04:00:45 PM  
My dog is a rescue, 60 lbs of pure mutt. He is loyal, gentle, and utterly ferocious when the home is threatened. Anything that appears to threaten me or my son causes him to go into walking buzz-saw mode immediately. Which is interesting, in that he is absolutely gentle with my son, and with me.

Oh... and for Dancin, it isn't that dogs are the only way to defend a home, they are the most efficient, cheapest, and most effective way. I used to know a few Very Bad People. Experienced boosters hate dogs with the fire of a 1000 suns. Houses with dogs were ALWAYS given a pass, even if the dog was one of those little hairy rats that people like to call dogs. You cannot sneak up on a dog reliably, and unlike alarms, which everyone tunes out, people notice dog barks. Plus, even though there is a chance that you won't get bit, who the hell wants to take that chance? Also, unlike people, you cannot intimidate a dog with a knife or gun if it comes to it. Dog will just bite your ass.
 
2012-11-14 04:04:12 PM  

Kazrath: santadog: Doesn't he look friendly? He is, unti you knock on the door, or get near my truck.

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Crazy how that works. I knew a sheriff who was K9. That shepherd loved me to death. I would pet the heck out of him and play with him for hours. However, if he was in the police car and the sheriff was not around. That dog would try to put itself through the window to bite your head off. It knew who I was but it also knew what it was suppose to protect and that it was only going to let one man near that car.


I've been lucky enough to get to know a few police dogs. It's amazing how they truly understand the difference between 'on duty' and 'off duty'.
 
2012-11-14 04:06:12 PM  
Yeah, I have two large pit bulls who love everyone, and I have always suspected this.

Basically unless the burglar is a squirrel or another dog, he won't encounter any more resistance than a polite insistence that it is a good time to go to the park.

But god help that burglar if he is a squirrel or another dog. They hate those things.
 
2012-11-14 04:07:51 PM  
My 115 mastiff/rott mix would beat them to death with his wagging tail. I do wonder though if anyone has tried this while a family member is at home? I think you would see a different reaction in some dogs if a member of their pack is at home and a stranger just walks in.
 
2012-11-14 04:08:28 PM  
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Would not let anyone get in, can crack a gun safe.
 
2012-11-14 04:23:02 PM  
God, this article is as stupid as the "experiment" where some local TV station showed that the club could easily be defeated by simply cutting the steering wheel. Took about 20 seconds with a hack saw.

What that beacon of journalistic integrity failed to mention, just like this hack job, is that 90%+ of thieves prefer to steal something quickly and quietly. Their first choice, unlocked/unattended cars, houses, etc. Once you put an obstacle in their way, they most likely move on to another, easier target.

Sure, most dogs won't attack someone who walks in your front door when no one is home (like in this article), but then they would be taking a pretty big leap of faith when they hear my two dogs barking loudly. As was said before in this thread, when that door opens slightly and you hear the growl/see the teeth, most folks will be happy to leave.

On the other hand, I'd love to see this idiot try the same thing at 2:30 in the morning, coming in through a window with his right arm un-protected. Something tells me the results may not be so rosy for Mr Schettler.
 
2012-11-14 04:24:56 PM  
I have a 100 lbs Rottie....Tank. When the pizza guy, mail man, anyone like that comes around and rings the door bell...he barks....runs to the door...tries to stop but skids into the door....by the time I open the door, the guy is about 10 steps back from the house. When he runs in the backyard its sounds like a friggin horse running back there. Sooooo, if you make it into the house because he hasn't scared the sh*t out of you, he will will not be happy that you are there, I have friends that wont come by until the beast is "put away". I think (hopefully) he would protect my house. Its also alarmed...
 
2012-11-14 04:28:44 PM  
I have a big dog who barks at unusual noises outside, especially at night. I imagine this would deter at least some burglars. He learns pretty quickly to distinguish what's a normal neighbor sound and what's not.

Also, despite being a friendly dog overall, he has barked at a creepy guy in our neighborhood who I also think is creepy. I like to pretend he would have it in for anybody who was tryin' to git me.

I recall hearing about a blind woman with a seeing-eye dog, early one morning the dog started growling and acting very strange so she called the cops. Turned out there was a seeing-impaired guy outside trying to get in. This was somebody she met at an organization for blind people. The guy had shown up with the intention of murdering the woman, for whatever crazy reason. Pretty sure this was an actual news item and not an urban legend. Anyway, I hope my dog would let me know if he sensed homicidal intent.
 
2012-11-14 04:29:00 PM  
my dog would just show them where I keep the valuables.
 
2012-11-14 04:32:07 PM  
We own three attack terriers. I can only hope the burglars are either squirrels or mice.
 
2012-11-14 04:34:10 PM  
I've had an apartment robbed with my dog there, and they put her in her crate while burgled. I imagine my dog (a beagle) licked them more than growled. Still, I wanted to split their skull for touching my dog in my home more than than for taking my stuff.
 
2012-11-14 04:38:45 PM  
i.imgur.com

Meet Cruiser: a mostly useless Corgi / Bassett Hound mix.
 
2012-11-14 04:40:41 PM  

Egalitarian: Also, despite being a friendly dog overall, he has barked at a creepy guy in our neighborhood who I also think is creepy. I like to pretend he would have it in for anybody who was tryin' to git me.


my dog is aggressive toward visitors when my wife is home alone but relaxed when it is just me or I am there also. So yeah, they seem to pick up on if you are even a bit uneasy.
 
2012-11-14 04:43:58 PM  
Dancin_In_Anson:
She asked! And it's hard to tell a face like this "no"

./i>
I can only hope to be as happy someday as your dog in that picture. Talk about pure and unbridled joy.
 
2012-11-14 04:45:20 PM  
As a kid our house was broken into twice (not bad for Detroit!) and each time we came home to find a broken window, missing valuables, and a guilty as hell looking springer spaniel. It's like he knew that he had failed at his one job. I was just glad that he was such a puss so no one hurt him.

Fast forward twenty years and I'm coming home very late from work and as I'm jiggling the stubborn front door lock my lab/husky mix starts barking and snarling up a storm. I finally get the door unlocked and it swings in a little too fast and crashes against the doorstop. Next thing I see is a black blur scooting down the hallway so fast that her butt was in front of her head.

From my small sample size I've concluded that most family dogs consider their job done once the bad guy has crossed the threshold.
 
2012-11-14 04:47:33 PM  

gremlin1: [i877.photobucket.com image 640x360]
First you would have to get the door open. Then the dog would remove the body part of his choice.
My neighbor and I used to let each others dogs out if we were going to be late, until I got Jack. He refused to leave the house and wouldn't let her in. When he started growling she gave up. No matter how much we tried to convince him it was ok he refused to go along with it. He was over 2 when I got him from an animal cruelty rescue situation. He loves me and the cat and will only allow people in the house if he is on a leash and that is an improvement. He won't take food from anyone unless I tell him it's ok. He's 11 now and he's as good as he's going to get.


I had a similar dog. I found Fannie (Dobie mix) on the side of the road. She was about 3 months old, weighed about 8 lbs., and had a broken femur. She was the most pitiful thing I had ever seen. She eventually grew up to be about 60 lbs and grew out of the limp she had. Although she was sweet and gentle to me, she bit more than one stranger that invaded her space. Not so much vicious as she was scared. I can't really blame her. She had a special hatred for men she didn't know. However, in her later years she would climb into my father-in-law's lap when they would visit. She was with me for 8 years then the cancer bug came.
 
2012-11-14 04:50:34 PM  

akula: I can only hope to be as happy someday as your dog in that picture. Talk about pure and unbridled joy.


She thinks she can fly too!

dancininanson.net
 
2012-11-14 04:56:20 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

dog wanting to play with the burger
 
2012-11-14 05:00:23 PM  
I grew up with police trained German shepherds, hey protected a huge area and we were never burglarized. They once tried to kill them by throwing a poisoned t-bone steak, but both Rex and Diamant didn't fall for it. Next morning we go to the terrace and find both panting longingly next to the steak. They were trained to only eat if fed by us,

Fast forward now, my 55 lb pit/shepherd mix is a tiny angel compared to the German Shepherds and my brother always underestimated him until the day he tried to sneak back in. My dog growled and was ready to pounce. He may not be police trained but I have no doubt he'd make me proud.

He's the one in the foreground waiting for the ball to be launched...

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2012-11-14 05:10:08 PM  

santadog: Doesn't he look friendly? He is, unti you knock on the door, or get near my truck.

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Looks a lot like this post-Apocalyptic dog...

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2012-11-14 05:15:00 PM  
He'll go investigate any noises at night and might bark. That's enough to wake me up and that's all I need to take it from there.

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2012-11-14 05:21:51 PM  
Does your little dog bite?

No.

Ouch. I thought you said your dog doesn't bite?

That is not my dog.

Old joke.

***

The fleas suck my dog so dry I make him sleep in a coffin.

Older joke.

***

Cur est canem?

Quia canem mihi, cur non est .


Oldest joke of the lot.
 
2012-11-14 05:41:46 PM  
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Men, not so much, but if you're female or a child, these two would let you get away with anything.
 
2012-11-14 06:11:42 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: My Golden would not only want to play, but for a treat she'd serve up the combination to the gun safe.


cpub.s3.amazonaws.com

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2012-11-14 06:29:56 PM  

R.A.Danny: petec: .but many will attack if a member of their pack is being assaulted..

This. My Australian Shepherd would let anyone into the house if we weren't there, but gave the 14 year old that pushed my 5 year old an arm full of holes and is loathe to let someone stand between either of the kids and him.


Our Aussie is the same way. Even if I rough house with our teenage boys, he gets all barky/growly and tries to protect them. Till he realizes I am his Daddy. Then he gets that "sorry daddy" look and tries to lick me!!
 
2012-11-14 06:37:11 PM  

btfoom: God, this article is as stupid as the "experiment" where some local TV station showed that the club could easily be defeated by simply cutting the steering wheel. Took about 20 seconds with a hack saw.

What that beacon of journalistic integrity failed to mention, just like this hack job, is that 90%+ of thieves prefer to steal something quickly and quietly. Their first choice, unlocked/unattended cars, houses, etc. Once you put an obstacle in their way, they most likely move on to another, easier target.


90%+ of people using made-up statistics to back up their assertions end up looking more stupid than the articles they're refuting.
 
2012-11-14 06:48:44 PM  

Overfiend: Then he gets that "sorry daddy" look and tries to lick me!!


My sister was an athletic masseuse before she settled on being a yogi; she came over and brought her table to give me a full body massage a couple weeks after some invasive surgery I had. Boy went nuts. Especially when she started the swedish tapotement portion... he was so confused because he knew and loved her but to his mind she'shiatting' me and it just freaked him out. He kept half jumping on the table (85 lb Hovawart) to check on me and all of our assurances that I was ok did not help. We finally had to just close the door, even then he continued his freakout with whining and scratching at the door. Poor thing....
 
2012-11-14 06:57:54 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: Overfiend: Then he gets that "sorry daddy" look and tries to lick me!!

My sister was an athletic masseuse before she settled on being a yogi; she came over and brought her table to give me a full body massage a couple weeks after some invasive surgery I had. Boy went nuts. Especially when she started the swedish tapotement portion... he was so confused because he knew and loved her but to his mind she'shiatting' me and it just freaked him out. He kept half jumping on the table (85 lb Hovawart) to check on me and all of our assurances that I was ok did not help. We finally had to just close the door, even then he continued his freakout with whining and scratching at the door. Poor thing....


"I'm next, I'm next, I'm next, I'm next. Time's up, c'mon. Me next!"

alternatively

"GET OFF THE TABLE; WE ARE NOT ALLOWED ON TABLES. GET DOWN BEFORE SOMEONE NOTICES."
 
2012-11-14 07:29:06 PM  
The burglar would be stuck throwing a tennis ball for 3 hours for my Jack Russell mix.
 
2012-11-14 07:40:08 PM  

ProfessorOhki: "I'm next, I'm next, I'm next, I'm next. Time's up, c'mon. Me next!"

alternatively

"GET OFF THE TABLE; WE ARE NOT ALLOWED ON TABLES. GET DOWN BEFORE SOMEONE NOTICES."


Thanks for the chuckles, needed them :)
 
2012-11-14 08:22:13 PM  
How about just leaving a repeat be once in a while? This thread doubled the original.
 
2012-11-14 09:19:00 PM  

R.A.Danny: How about just leaving a repeat be once in a while? This thread doubled the original.


Because the original Subby was far more awesome.
 
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