Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: San Francisco, CA
Dogs Name: Foxfire's Monster Masher "Jaina"
Titles: Tormentor of Cats, Alarm Clock, Deerbottom
Dogs Age: Born 04/16/2012
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Ain't nobody gonna mess with a person and a Dobe unless they are absolute nitwits. Further, any dog is going to protect "their" territory to the extent of barking at an intruder. I HIGHLY doubt that Jaina (my girl) would just allow a stranger to come waltzing in - I've had Labradors who weren't bred for guarding and who'd never acted aggressive a day in their life that have chased intruders off of our property (QUITE out of the blue, might I add. She'd always been fine with other strangers, but someone broke into our garage one day... and long story short, we had a snarling Labrador who let us know before he could even do anything). Like what's already been said in the thread, there are ways for you to learn how to protect yourself.
That being said, Jaina has never been trained for personal protection. She'll probably never compete in anything other than agility and MAYBE OB. But by golly, she will NOT let a stranger in the house unless I tell her that it's okay. She ALWAYS looks for my response to a new person (though not after raising her heckles and barking). To someone who doesn't know her, she can be downright intimidating for a 55lb dog (she's still a baby, at that) - we have someone who rents the downstairs bedroom that she'll "guard" the house from every now and then. He's a 6ft guy who body builds, and I can tell that he's taken aback and ready to leave the area when she goes into protection mode toward him (barking, raised heckles, and looking at me to go "Who the bejesus is THAT?"). I know that she'd never attack him, but I've also worked with her - hard. I don't WANT her to attack someone, and put her own life in danger and possibly an innocent stranger's.
The best part? She comes from a conformation/agility line, NOT an Schutzhund (sp?) line.
Edit: oh, another Jaina protection story. So I take my girl to daycare every now and then, which one of the daycares I bring her to happens to be in a pet store (I chose this so she could get a pretty wide range of exposure to at least seeing people). Otherwise, the dogs are locked in there so that only staff could get in. Well, someone actually decided they wanted to take a dog home and tried to break into the daycare - I'm not even going to ask where the person was who was supposed to be supervising the dogs, because that's another story that made things awkward when I was picking her up that day. Apparently, they heard the LOUDEST doberbark out of Jaina they'd ever even heard - the guy was rattling the doornob, then apparently got Jaina's attention. She alerted the workers, and while the guy wouldn't have been able to get in (he'd have to get through three locked doors, one of which is metal), she's credited with saving the day!
Roses are grey,
Violets are grey,
Everything is grey,
Because Jaina's a dog.
Last edited by zorianak; 11-21-2012 at 03:29 PM.