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    Default Stranger Danger!

    Hi guys, new to this forum!
    We had an attempted break-in yesterday afternoon while no one was home and my partner came home to our side gate open with our youngster kelpie (1yr) running about on the road! Just curious i know he barks when he hears something but is there anyway to find out if he will actually defend our house, not entirely sure what happened but yeah he was on the road so i assume he either chased them out or followed them being friendly? Silly question but just wondering!

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    Sorry to hear about the atempted break-in, but congrats on it being only attempted, and not successful... as to your doglet question, I don't think you'll ever know the answer to that, but at 1yo, I'd say possibly a little too immature for a full-on defensive strategy on strangers - especially if he hasn't been taught that. Primarily, just be very grateful that 1)would-be-robber didn't do harm to doglet, and 2) that doglet was unharmed in his road wanderings.

    Time for padlocks to side gates so if anyone else ever has the bright idea of trying to get access through illegal means, they have to be far more obvious by scaling fences.

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    IMO a kelpie will bark and carry on(which will be a deterent) but unlikely to do much in terms of defending your home ... and realistically would you really want your dog to risk getting hurt to defend what insurance will cover anyway? IMO make sure you're insured for whatever you deem worthy of insuring and hope your dogs lick to death any intruders and therefore will still be alive, uninjured and waiting to tell you about the visitors they had during the day. If you really want a dog to guard your property then you need to be looking at dogs much larger than kelpies and with actual guarding instincts. IMO, its just much easier to pay for insurance!

    ETA : as pinkest said, padlock your gates so that hopefully even if your house is robbed, your dogs are still safe and sound when you get home
    Last edited by mymatejack; 08-02-2012 at 12:03 AM.

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    I have a Rottweiler & even he won't defend our home lol! We actually tested it out with a friend (a brave friend) he'd never met before who we got to jump the back fence when we weren't there & all he was greeted with was kisses.
    I'm glad that he is that way though, you never know what weapons people have on them during home break ins & I would much rather have him run away then be shot or stabbed because he was aggressive.
    Make sure you get him micro chipped (if you haven't already) so if he does get out you can eventually get him back

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    I have a Rottweiler & even he won't defend our home lol! We actually tested it out with a friend (a brave friend) he'd never met before who we got to jump the back fence when we weren't there & all he was greeted with was kisses.
    Can I just say for people NEVER to do this with their dogs. A friend had a stranger jump the fence and cause havoc the dog was absolutely traumatised for days.

    A kelpie is not a guarding breed, put strong padlocks on your gates if you dont want your dog let out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekhbet View Post
    Can I just say for people NEVER to do this with their dogs. A friend had a stranger jump the fence and cause havoc the dog was absolutely traumatised for days.

    A kelpie is not a guarding breed, put strong padlocks on your gates if you dont want your dog let out.
    If thats the case then i have traumatised 100's of dogs and do it everyday with my job. Sounds like that dog must have already had some sort of issue before this incident.


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    We are currently doing security training for our dog after couple sessions of obedience training. Shes okay with people if the family is around
    but if someone wants to break-in I am sure our dog will not as friendly as we want her - during night she barks and follows footsteps of people
    walking on the side of the fence.
    m<(o.o)>m

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    My dog puts on a very dramatic show... but has only followed up with the occasional nip-pinch for not paying her enough attention. My brother greeted her over the back gate - despite her dramatic show... and she loved him. And nipped him later for - as best I can tell - ignoring her...

    So I can't take it for granted she won't do anything. She does like to heel and bark and to someone who doesn't know the best way to stop it is to stand still - erm... Pretty sure she won't go far when she does get out. I think she's pretty much figured her best doggy friends do not live across the road anymore.

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    Most dogs are pretty intuitive, they seem to know when people are entering the property legitimately and when someone is acting shady. There are dogs who are totally clueless, but some dogs will surprise you with just how intelligent they can be regarding intruders and suspicious characters. Even dogs who are friendly to everyone won't like it when people they don't know try to break in, or even enter through the wrong door.

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    Must say, that testing a rottie by getting a fool to jump your fence?
    crazy stuff. Rotties are hard to pull out of a fight, unless trained specifically to do so. And the damage that could of come to the 'friend'? doesnt bare thinking about.

    Im for padlock fence/ mircro chip dog and home and contents insurance.

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