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You know those "Beware of Dog" signs? My Doberman was the model. 51 8.24%
I exercise caution when introducing my Dobe to guests. 120 19.39%
Sweet dog ... as long as you don't do anything stupid. 249 40.23%
. I've heard a growl here and there, but really, I don't think this dog is much of a protector. 105 16.96%
Whaddaya mean the Doberman was bred for protection? That's a laugh! 94 15.19%
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:53 PM   #176 (permalink)
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Leala is very protective. I do not have signs outside my fence, don't need them haha. She stands with her front paws on the railing of the deck and stares people down.

I have been working a lot with her accepting strangers entering the house. It has been a long and sometimes frustrating process. But we now have a system for introducing guests and she is doing great. But if someone entered our house without me welcoming them they would regret it.
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Here's a video of Duke from today.

I like how in the end, he's like, "okay, scared him off...time to play with my new toy!"

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Brutus is reaching 5 months in a couple of days and a couple of times he would stand in the middle of the yard and bark and do a slight growl at the mail truck. My neighbor was carrying a yard umbrella next door, but Brutus only saw the umbrella and he went insane with the barking and growling (I had to take him inside). The biggest scenario was when we were going for a walk, and he knows the area, and two guys about my age were riding skateboards in our direction. Brutus stood in front of me, almost tripping me, and started to growl, bark and pull a little when they got closer. This has all happened within the past month.
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Khaleesi Dragon Queen showed she truly is the Queen of Dragons last night when we were watching a movie on TV (The Rock w/ Nick Cage and Sean Connery).

Sean Connery had a huge closeup and was staring straight thru our TV with those intense blue eyes of his. He had a threatening look on his face.

Khaleesi looks up, sees a strange man staring through our living room "window" (aka TV)....she growls deeply, and barrels out the doggie door barking and growling like crazy, expecting to see Sean Connery in our yard! (She came back empty-handed, alas.)

(Our 2 year old gentle giant, Dexter, only does that when dogs are on TV! Never humans.)

Khaleesi tested strongly in protection (her sire & dam were strong in SCH), and we can see a huge difference in her personality from other dobes we've owned. She also growled at training when she was lying in the grass, and a huge crow swooped in a little to closely towards Sandy (her trainer) and me. I kept looking around, expecting to see another dog or human, and Sandy said, "Yes Khaleesi, we see that scary crow."

She is living up to the Game of Thrones name, shooting warning sparks once in awhile. But she's friendly to anyone introduced to her.
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Hades only welcomes people to our house if he sees that we welcome them.. Otherwise he will just bark like crazy and show his teeth... he really doesnt like the mail man. I dont know if you call it protective but he doesnt like other dogs coming near our daughter. He will chest bump them out of the way and stand in front of her
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my girl does not like men much, so I do have to exercise caution when introducing her to them, she loves kids and good with women.

Extremely protective of the vehicle she is in. And if I raise my voice she will see what is causing the problem and if its something she needs to handle . At home if I see a spider and scream, she comes a running ready to rumble. and yes she kills it for me LOL ( just tell her, get that bug ! )
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Leo is like a little soldier in the house going from doors to windows. Sometimes I provide the voice-over for him when he thinks he heard something amiss and does his soldier routine. "Bump detected! Defcon 2! All forces report to front door for Operation Posturing! Front door clear, checking upstairs window lookout! Upstairs clear, checking family. Family secure. Recheck front door. Recheck window.....5 minutes later....threat eliminated, assume sentry position on sofa."
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Once when my family came to visit me, my boyfriend wanted to surprise me with it. And he had my dad walk into my room while me and my puppy were sleeping. Cerbuerus jumped up and bit him and got real defensive. It wasn't until I jumped up and had to drag him off of my dad that he calmed down.


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Hi I board dogs and had a particularly nasty Labrador staying for a few nights. He was fine with other dogs just very possessive over his things with people.

One night I put him to bed in the kitchen, my troupe and I went off upstairs to our beds
I couldn't remember if I had left water down for the Lab so went to check.
I just was walking through the kitchen to see if he had water, when he stood up and started baring his teeth at me and growling.
I had no where to go and couldn't reach for anything to use as a block or weapon. If I went backward I wasn't sure if he would charge. I tried talking to him but he just kept low growling at me whilst stalking across the floor into my direction all teeth showing.

I was trying to keep calm and not show him i was intimidated, when I heard a low growl coming from behind.

Boris was standing there with all his hackles up staring down at the Lab.
He then took a couple of steps forward and put himself in front of me, his teeth display and growling was much more impressive than the labs who immediately backed down.

Boris didn't charge or get into a fight with him, he just instinctively knew where to place himself.

I still don't know how he knew i needed help or how he opened the doors to get to me but he did.

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Ps the Lab was fine in the morning like nothing had happened. !!!




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Mine her barks like crazy when anyone enters the house. If you didnt know better you would think she was being protective. She corner a friend who let him self in the house. Her tail was moving 90 mph. She is just an alarm system. She will let you know if anything (people birds cats or other dogs) are around the house. Now on of the fosters I had got in a fight with another dog at the house and she jumped in to help. That was the only time I seen her act like that. Other dogs have gone after her and she ran. She may protect me she may not but no way would she pass the WAE. She does not do good with loud noises.
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Having never needed defense since we got Mila, I couldn't say for sure how protective she would be. Her butt wiggles feverishly for every stranger she meets! Her "alert barks" could be a good deterrent once she grows up though, just like Duke's probably are


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Wife and I constantly say she's all bark no bite...

However, wouldn't surprise me in the least IF one of her "family" was in a situation, she'd put herself between the threat and family member.
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Toby has protected me times numerous. Though where I live is somewhat remote we do have people coming up our mountain, hunters, ne-er-do-wells out to releave me of my property and he lets me know of any danger with real gusto. Whilst he isnt the biggest Dobe in the world he does make himself look pretty impressive. His bark changes depending on the level of threat as does his posture/whole demeanour.
As my hubby and son have said, 'we pity the fool that thinks they can mess with you when you have Toby in tow'.
If anything does ever happen I just have to work out what to do with the body. LOL
That shouldn't be a problem... Doesn't Toby eat raw?


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I often think about what my 9 month old Bella would do if an intruder came in. She is a fierce Dobergirl with a deep, male-sounding bark (even at 10 weeks old she sounded scary!!) that scares family, friends and neighbors. Many wont even venture to to be in the same room with her, when she's only barking out of excitement to see them! She'll bark at you and then cover you with kisses when you come closer!!! When thats the case, she's just vocalizing her excitement to see you!

However, when she's being protective, her bark is even scarier, and is accompanied by the raising of the hackles. That happens several times daily as she sees neighbors walking in the yard behind us (she doesn't know them yet) or strangers walking in the alley behind our yard to collect bottles and cans from the neighbor's recycling can -- she thinks we own ALL the yards and as far as she can see -- so these people are trespassing!!

One night i was walking her, and out of a dark alley, two guys in skull caps came running out, right in front of me (turns out they were young guys joking around with each other) - well, she freaked out and I had a hard time holding her back. She obviously felt that I was startled and reacted. She didn't try to bite or anything, but boy, was she scary! Once she realized there was no real threat (they ran away and were laughing at each other for almost peeing themselves) she immediately calmed down and walked nicely down the rest of the block. i got the feeling she was proud of herself, lol! I've often wondered if someone put on a bite suit and came to my back door, what she would do... I honestly believe she'd attack if she thought they were threatening me, even though she's the world's sweetest mush to the feral cats outside, small children, our Bichon, other dogs, friends and family. I think she'd lay down her life in a heartbeat without even thinking about it!


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I've never been in a situation where I've had to chance to find out, and I hope I never am.

Probably not very though - he's still just a baby (19 weeks today - was born on Christmas day ). We do have local elections coming up, and he has gotten between me and the politicians knocking on our door. At the same time, he has no problem joining in with my sons and their friends whenever they are playing. He seems to really like kids.

There were two labs that had gotten loose running around our street yesterday. He just stared at them until one came in our yard. Then he started barking like crazy at them, and the hair on his back (what little there is) went straight up. Striker isn't a barker. I can count the number of times we've actually heard him bark on one hand. So...while he doesn't mind our other dogs, he doesn't mind running into/playing with animals at the park/vet, he obviously doesn't like strange animals coming into his territory. His bark always startles me whenever he does it - such a powerful bark for such a small pup! Since he barely does it, it's so unexpected.

I haven't heard him growl at all - not even a playful growl when playing - so I don't think he's very aggressive by nature.

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Wow, I'm surprised how old some threads are (this one started in '08) but sparingly continue on. I'll add to the mix.

I think that Aries is not protective. He does however alert me to sounds I cannot hear. By how silent he usually is, I take his barks/growls/whines seriously when I do hear him. I don't know what he would do to a complete stranger walking up on my property without me being around. I think his breed and look is enough to ward anyone away. That works for me.
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Gideon stays between me and a guest / unknown person, and barks when he sees or hears someone outside. He goes to the door to investigate when someone comes in. (Around my house, we just walk in - family and close friends, that is). He barks if it is not someone he immediately knows. His face can be quite intimidating, and when paired with a loud growl / bark, down right scary. I don't know about if someone were to attack though. He might go get in his crate and cry. Or he might feed off of Jack and hurt an intruder. Not real sure.

The cattle dog is viscious though. Jack maintains contact with my body at all times. If no one is over, he still sits ON my feet. He bristles up and goes nuts when someone comes in the house. Friend or otherwise. I have to be VERY careful with him around any person other than my husband and child. He is extremely protective of all of us.
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Khaleesi Dragon Queen showed she truly is the Queen of Dragons last night when we were watching a movie on TV (The Rock w/ Nick Cage and Sean Connery).

Sean Connery had a huge closeup and was staring straight thru our TV with those intense blue eyes of his. He had a threatening look on his face.

Khaleesi looks up, sees a strange man staring through our living room "window" (aka TV)....she growls deeply, and barrels out the doggie door barking and growling like crazy, expecting to see Sean Connery in our yard! (She came back empty-handed, alas.)

(Our 2 year old gentle giant, Dexter, only does that when dogs are on TV! Never humans.)

Khaleesi tested strongly in protection (her sire & dam were strong in SCH), and we can see a huge difference in her personality from other dobes we've owned. She also growled at training when she was lying in the grass, and a huge crow swooped in a little to closely towards Sandy (her trainer) and me. I kept looking around, expecting to see another dog or human, and Sandy said, "Yes Khaleesi, we see that scary crow."

She is living up to the Game of Thrones name, shooting warning sparks once in awhile. But she's friendly to anyone introduced to her.

Gideon has done this before!!! It was a similar situation with a menacing looking man (not sure what we were watching) was raising his voice on TV. Both Gideon and Jack ran to the tv teeth showing, barking! Craziness!
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Ditto. The only things I have ever experienced with mine are:

London - she will place her body between me and someone in the house that she doesn't know (for example, if a repairman comes over or something). If he moves to the left, so does she. She constantly stays between me and him.

Sadie - Once when she was about 3 months old she and I were laying on the floor playing when we heard a loud noise outside the front door, and she immediately got between me and the door. Also, we "play fight" with my dachshund (who WILL protect me) and when Julie "bites," Sadie will get very upset and mouth her. Oh, and once when my husband was play slapping me to get the dachshund all riled up, Sadie came up and softly nipped him on the top of the head. Not hard, but just enough to be like "hey, stop that."
You have to love those dachshunds we had one that my husband would take his belt off when he was undressing and slap himself with it and she would go crazy because he was gonna hurt momma it was the cutest thing slapping himself but she's protecting me it was a daily ritual.

I saw what Ruger would do yesterday and freaked me out. I know I didn't let it o brought the rein as I wasn't freaked until I left an thought about it. Went to weigh him and a guy squatted down putting his cheek to Ruger and tapped it in turn Ruger barked loudly in the old mans ear. It happened so fast lucky I keep a tight rein on him as he is so young he then barked a lot settled down when he left room. Before we left I had the man go through basic commands with Ruger and treat him at the end Ruger was ok. I just wanted him to have a good memory plus hell I don't wan him attacking someone for being stupid.
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I've only had one bite incident with Hera. My sister stopped by and Hera was laying on the couch with me, I got up and my sister bent down to lean against and hug Hera and Hera bite her across her nose and she needed a small butterfly stitch. My sister immediately apologized because she knew it was her fault because Hera did not know her and she knew she shouldn't approach a dog that doesn't know her, she just assumed I had trained her to be like Markus who was incredibly laid back and would let anyone hug/lean on him. He was incredibly social whereas Hera has confidence issues.

Now Hera is much more relaxed and calm and welcoming but it took close to 8 years to change her mindset.
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LeeLoo has sprung to my rescue when I screamed about the roach. The other night an opossum startled me in the barn and I yelped, which sent LeeLoo into hesterics outside the fence gate. I thought the was going to come through the door until I reassured her. With people I can't really draw a conclusion yet. She loves almost everyone but there are a very few when we are out in public she blocks me from and growls a bit. Not sure what she's sensing. Most people she runs up to tail wagging and shoves her head between their knees looking for a back scratch.

She alerts us if there are people or animals (birds, squirrels, cats, etc) around the yard or someone pulls up in the driveway. When the neighbors come home she'll bark but they'll walk up to the fence and she'll love them. My neighbor is a county sheriff and he thinks she is the sweetest thing ever.

In the truck she varies, some people are just fine and again some people make her hair stand on end and she does a deep growl. I don't know if she's picking up on my uncertainty or what.

An unfortunate instance at a dog park let me know when a dog charges she'll run away. To be fair though the dog was charging her not me. Not sure of her reaction would have been different if it was me the dog was after.

When I'm home alone while my husband travels both dogs go into hyper alert. Every noise requires an alert bark followed by investigation. There is a lot of window checking and rounds of the house.

When we were living temporarily in the condo in a rough part of town was the only time I've seen her get what appeared to be potentially aggressive. I was walking her at night, and someone came by along the sidewalk that was blocked by bushes. She went full hackles, growl and bark that sounded like a movie sound bite. The guy walking about went sideways. She was on the leash and didn't lunge to attack but she didn't sound like she was playing.
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I have to add since this just happened last night. We were in the parking lot of my local Lowes when a mother got out of her car next to us. I don't know the dynamics of what was going on but when she got her son out of the car (about 3-4 years old) he had obviously been crying. Mom looked mad and grabbed him by the arm and yanked him towards store. LeeLoo went ballistic in the the car. Hair up barking through the open window. She made enough of a ruckus the mother turned around and looked. So apparently her protective instinct doesn't just apply to me, but little kids as well.
She loves kids. She wants to snuggle up against everyone we've met and give them kisses. I have to hold her back because she is so happy to see them she'll knock them over I think. Once I get her to sit, I'll let the parent bring the child over and she still wants to doberlean on them. We went to the vet for heartworm meds and one of the techs had her toddler there. LeeLoo was so excited, she was licking his toes, much to his amusement. V
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Tank falls into the whole don't do anything stupid.
He has growled at two people in his two and a half years and my red flags were already flying high when he did. Very sketchy looking, bad vibe.
He seems to know the difference between people who are welcome in the house and who is not. He doesn't bark when someone knocks or rings the doorbell, but will go investigate when he hears different voices (2 teens in the house).
He is also very sensitive to people who come over, those who don't like dogs he maintains a respectful distance from, if you love dogs you now have 85 lbs of love me now, and if one is truly afraid of dogs the doberclown comes out. Look I'm not threatening I'm doing summersaults, I'm being big and goofy, I'm going to make you laugh and like me.

Twice while walking him at night I've run into groups of loud obnoxious men. His demeanour changes. He physically puffs up, his walk us more I want to say prancey and animated. He is highly alert and very tense. He has never reacted, no bark no growl but he is not comfortable with the situation. Funny to watch how quickly they make room For you to walk through (they were hogging the sidewalk) when they see us coming.
Now our local MC club he loves them all.
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My experience with Dobes indicates that almost all have several stages of protective mode, from sleeping soundly on the couch on their back (totally relaxed) to full on protection. Each mode has it's verbalizing up to what I call the Business Bark, the full deep throat bark that rattles the windows next door. Rescues may not fall into this until fully rehabilitated into a loving permanent home.

Dobes are extremely perceptive and are very SA (Situation Aware). If you are anxious or concerned then your Dobe will be on alert and very sensitive to the surroundings. If you are very calm and comfortable, the Dobe will be as well. If your demeanor suddenly goes from calm to alarm, your Dobe will go on full alert in 0.2 seconds.

My first experience with a Dobe on full alert was when I was visiting my late parents for Christmas only 4 months after getting my first Dobe, and she was only 8 months old at the time. We had been visiting with my parents for several days and my father was laying down taking a nap and Windy (my Dobe) was asleep in the sun in the den at the back of the house. I was in the kitchen talking with mom at the front. She asked me if Windy really had a bark, because all she had heard was Windy's soft bark to say she wanted outside. I made the comment that oh yes, she had a good bark. As if on cue, I suddenly heard the window rattling deep business bark followed by a low growl coming from the living room, Now, I recognized that it was Windy, not my parents older Lab.

I immediately went around the corner to the living room to see Windy standing in the middle of the living room, ears back, hackles up from between her ears to her nub and she was displaying all her pearlies. Her gaze was intent on the intruder - my father. He had gotten up, put on a heavy jacket and cap and had gone out to the garage to get something. She heard the door but neither mom nor I (less that 10 feet from the door but around a corner) had. Dad, very experienced with dogs, knew exactly what to do - he froze. I sized up the situation and I told dad to speak to her and he did. Now she was a bit confused, she recognized the voice but not the shape it came from. She tip toed up to him, with half the hackles down and her ears forward. Once she smelled him, she was all wiggly welcoming Dobe.

Mom was upset, I was concerned but dad was pleased and was praising her. He pointed out to us that she did exactly what she was supposed to do. Mom after a few more days became one of her biggest fans, as dad already was.

A Doberman in full protective alert is a thing of beauty - from behind. From the front, not so much. Although I had less than 7 years with Windy before she lost her battle with cancer, she converted me and two years later I got my second, a red male puppy she loved and they have been followed by 12 more (including my current duo).

I never have doubted that any of my Dobes was a protector, but it only comes out if the situation calls for it. There is nothing like coming home and being greeted by the door by your Doberman, for you know the house is secure. (It may be trashed if they have been battling the dragons, but it is secure).
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