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    Two guys drove onto my property and upto the house, said they were contractors checking the power poles "Moo Dog" just stood there and barked gave them a bit of scare. They decided to wait in their car till i got there. One of my Mums friends came around when i was home but not close to the house and apparently when around knocking on the windows Dog didn't even move. Not even a bark to say someones there.

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    I agree with most of the posts above re a BC not being a good choice, but you have her now. Borders are bred to be working dogs and as such they are generally gentle and lack the temprement to actually attack a human.
    Having said that one BC I had I successfully trained to a high standard in police work. She was phenominal but a rareity and I had to handle her with care when in a crowd.
    As for barking, dogs are all different. I have 9 at the moment and one goes hackles up and as noisy as at every strange noise whilst one of the others runs to see what treats she can lick out of the stranger. What you currently have only time will reveal.
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    Yeah, she won't be trained as a guard dog. It was just a question If I wanted a guard dog I would have got a german shepherd (my brother in law is a police man and he has his GS trained as a guard dog). I do want her to bark if someone goes in the yard, but I think she will do that naturally. She has her bed, which she has already very much claimed. She barked at our other dog when she tried to go on her bed. :P

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    And just remember any dog can be a protection dog - sort of.

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    Yep Border collie is the wrong breed. My Border collies might bark but who is really afraid of them!. They are lightweights. When I lived in suburbia I left my dogs inside. Years ago I left them outside but things changed and I felt safer with them inside. I rely on my cattle dogs to possibly afford some protection to me and years ago one did fight off a would be attacker with surprising aggression, which sent the man in to a hasty retreat. No way I would depend on my Borders.

    That being said she may still bark at strangers trying to enter the yard. Mine would mob them with kisses. My cattle dogs are a different story although I doubt they would bite, they just look scarier.
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    Yeah, Mini is to sweet a dog to attack someone. She barked last night though when someone knocked at our door. I think that was mainly because our older dog barks at the door when people come in. After he was inside Mini just wanted to play with him and chew on his expensive suit (real estate guy).

    I think I mentioned my mums border collie earlier in the thread. But I'd be more scared of her than I would of a pitty or a bully looking dog. She is super protective of her yard and her people. If someone tried to get in, hackles go up, teeth are shown, whites of eyes, and the most terrifying growling I have ever heard. She sounds like a pack of rotties. And then if a family member comes out and says Its ok, she is fine. Tail wags, runs off to get the ball for this new person to throw. We didn't train her to do this, she just does. She is part kelpie too, don;t know if that makes a difference.

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    Kelpies can be protective, more so than Border collies I would suggest. But you will get individual dogs that are protective regardless of the breed. I think the average person would not want to tackle any dog that is barking but peole with devious intent are less likely to be put of by a breed that they could physically take on.

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    I'm sure your BC will bark at strangers when she's old enough, the BC next door barks at everything that moves. GSD's are not guard dogs as many people seem to think...the GSD's natural instinct is to protect the family they love...and are not for everyone as they require a lot of training...good luck with your puppy.
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    For pet owners, a guard dog is one that barks. You DON'T want one that bites. That can get you into all sorts of messy lawsuits and trust me, you won't come out on top. My two dogs will bark like hell, and they'll growl if someone comes up the side pathway. Bonnie has the meanest growl I've ever heard from a dog her size, she sounds like a bear haha. It's usually enough to deter would-be robbers, since they can't properly see her.

    On a side note, there was legislation somewhere in Au that you could be sued if your dog bite someone while they were on your property, even if illegally. I can't remember if that got abolished, does anyone know? If not then that's ^ why. Ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllieFay View Post
    I pick up my puppy tomorrow. Now, we are moving into a new area, and want to train Mini to protect the yard. Is there a way we can teach her to growl at anyone that goes into the yard if we are not there? I was thinking we can have a safe word we can say to her and then she will know they are ok. Also, we want to train her not to take food from strangers without a safe word. As she will be out in the yard during the day when we are at work. And she will be in there with our smaller dog and our rabbit in a hutch. There have been a lot of thefts of rabbits and smaller dogs for dog fighting lately in my state. So I want to be sure Mini (who is a border collie) will protect the house and smaller animals, and fight back if anyone tried to steal her.
    Haha Im late on this thread... if shes a small dog >>> no training required lol

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