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    Every day i deal with dogs at work.
    It keeps things interesting, thats for sure. Some are nightmares others are my favourite friends in the world (besides Mojo of course).
    Touchwood i havent been bit real good yet, but today was another close one i thought i'd share. We deliver LPG gas, refilling house and commercial cylinders.
    Sometimes 80 odd deliveries a day so we dont have time to knock on doors or even stuff around at all. We usually run in get the job done and leave ASAP. Its in the contract that we have access whenever we need it at anytime whatsoever whether the owners are home or not.

    We pulled up in the truck and my co worker told me this dog can be a bad one but he doesnt bite. I take his word for it as he's been doing the job for 5 years and knows most of the muts on our run. As i'm getting out i can hear 2 dogs going ape at me. "Not sure about this new one" he yells as i'm going through the gate.

    The owner was in the front yard and was well aware of us entering so i wasnt to fazed when the new dog who looked like a Rottie cross Lab kinda thing ran straight up to me with teeth bared and was growling.
    I've learnt the best way to deal with this type of thing is to just show no fear or retreat in anyway. I hold the big hose i drag out in front of me and usually yell at em to "piss off" or "get out of it". 99% of dogs will be cool after this greeting, 1% think its game on.

    So while i've got one eye on the new dog and the other eye scanning the yard for the house gas bottle i hear my co worker yell "OI !!".
    In a split second i realise i'm getting ambushed from behind with the other dog, a bitsa heeler X thing trying to grab my arm as he flies past at a 100mph. A quick raise of my arm and he just misses, lands and then wants to go again from the front. I tell him who's boss and he gives me enough space to get the job done all the time eyeing me up. The owner, a elderly lady was very, very appologetic and explained they are both rescues who if it wasnt for her would have been PTS. She admitted she was in the wrong and so where her dogs but i said i understand they are just doing thier job and i was to share the blame a bit too. It could have been worse so i was cool with the whole thing.

    We both got back in the truck and had a bit of a chuckle at my close call. "You nearly got snipered" as my smirking co worker put it.

    It was a long drive to the next job and i was thinking about how others i know would deal with such a situation. I imagined someone reporting the dogs to the council and then a single, elderly lady who rescued these poor dogs ending up having the expense of registering a declared dangerous dog, or worse, all because a stranger entered thier comfort zone. The idea of such a thing seemed ludicrous for what went down and i wondered how many 'Dangerous Dogs' are really just protective dogs who in thier mind where just doing thier job of protecting thier property or where actually so scared of the "intruder" they felt they had no other choice but to protect themself in the only way a dog knows how. It made for some interesting thoughts during what is usually a boring drive.

    The next job, i was so busy trying to open a stupid gate i didnt even see the friendly, fluffy, tail wagging, Border Collie approach till he was right next to me. He gave me such a bloody fright i nearly pooed my pants. "Bloody dogs !" I said as my co worker cracked up laughing at me. Today i guess i was lucky, tomorrow, who knows but they sure do make my job interesting and for that i'm pretty gratefull.


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    That's a good story! And I am glad it had a happy ending.

    I don't know what the rules would be for dogs biting when someone enters their yard. I reckon they would not necessarily be declared dangerous, but it would probably very much depend on the ranger assessing it.

    My old dog looked pretty scary when she rushed up to someone barking. And she would bark at anyone approaching the gate. But the postie, the gardener and the plumber would all enter the backyard without hesitation. The electricity guys usually wouldn't though. I was very relieved when I found out that she didn't try to bite people in that situation. So she was a good watch dog, but a lousy guard dog, I suppose. But anyone with bad intentions would most likely not have taken the risk to test her.

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    A long time ago, not so far away, we used to keep a tennis ball in our letter box for the postman or anyone else who had to come in the front gate.

    So long as the lab x bull terrier had the tennis ball in his mouth - they were safe. Otherwise...

    This same dog - us kids could sit on, take bones out of his mouth, and generally do lots of things kids are not supposed to do with dogs.

    But strangers trying to come in the front were not safe.

    Generally - most state dog laws have an exception for protecting property. Not sure what happens if they bite a delivery guy that has a contract to have safe access. That little old lady should have asked you to wait and secured her dogs.

    I know several stories of how two dogs working together have erm - surprised critters that could manage one dog but not two.

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    LOL, I can just imagine the heeler doing 100kph. Or was that 100mph?

    When I worked in real estate I sent a sparky to my house to do a job.
    "Oh, by the way the dog will be asleep on the couch when you go in".
    Sparky says what breed of dog - answer Blue Heeler but he's ok you just have to speak nicely to him, Sparky looked concerned.

    There was a half packet of ham in the work frig so I gave it to him saying
    here, take this for insurance.
    Ozzy was 15 by then but in his younger days I would not have sent a stranger into the house alone.

    The tennis ball idea is great!

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    These guys had a plan for sure. It was like "you keep his attention and when he least expects it i'll jump him from behind."
    Cheeky buggers, it nearly worked. At least i'm on to them now although the lady who owns them should hopefully have them inside next time.
    So far there has only been 2 houses we have refused to deliver to because of the dog.
    One a Great Dane who was home alone and there was no way he was going to let us in. Bit surprised as other Danes are no trouble at other addresses.
    And the 2nd was a G.S.D. Another bloke i worked with put his glove through the fence as a bit of a test and he was lucky to get it back as the dog went beserk on it. I went there a week later with my usual work mate and he just barged in, told the dog to sit down and it did !!!

    My all time favourite is a male Labrador x Kelpie(?).
    He lives on a acerage and when i get out to open the gate he runs full pelt up to me and then well.... its almost sexual assault
    He is one of the most friendliest dogs i have ever met and is a lot of fun. I would gladly give him a new home if he ever needed one and i dont even know his name.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    LOL, I can just imagine the heeler doing 100kph. Or was that 100mph?

    When I worked in real estate I sent a sparky to my house to do a job.
    "Oh, by the way the dog will be asleep on the couch when you go in".
    Sparky says what breed of dog - answer Blue Heeler but he's ok you just have to speak nicely to him, Sparky looked concerned.

    There was a half packet of ham in the work frig so I gave it to him saying
    here, take this for insurance.
    Ozzy was 15 by then but in his younger days I would not have sent a stranger into the house alone.

    The tennis ball idea is great!
    Ha, ha. I can understand his concern when he heard it was a Bluey. They give us more grief than any other breeds. I learnt the hard way with one. As we drove up the drive a very fat and old Bluey was waiting for us with his tail going flat out. Work mate says "This one wants a piece of you".
    "No way, look at his tail. He loves me already" i said as i got out and patted it.
    As soon as i turned my back he nipped me on the arse. Nothing to major but enough for me to learn not to judge a book or dog by it's cover.


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    I like that story!

    I have been charged by my own dog once. I had left my house keys at home and when I got back from work I oculdnt get in the house. So, I climbed the back fence. Well, Barney heard the back fence and came charging off the deck snapping and snarling and it was only when I said his name that he pulle dhimself up. I actually watched him in mid air completely change his demeanour when he realised it was me. I have no doubt he meant business.

    Another time, I came home to a note on our front door step saying "We are lopping a tree at your neighbours and need access to your back yard. Could you please arrange to have the large black dog tied up".

    So I ring the guy. Unfortunately they couldnt cut the neighbours tree down without access to our yard. They had tried leaning over the fence, but the minute a part of their body went over the top, Barney was there snapping and snarling at them (pippi on the other hand was "hi hi hi"). The guy said to me "you dont need to worry about anyone breaking in with that dog in th eback yard"...I was like "Im not worried". Then he was like "so, does he actually bite" LOL

    I have been asked that a few times about Barney (and Lennox before him) and my answer is always the same "Not when I am with him" LOL.

    Lennox was awesome too....very protective and I have no doubt he would have done whatever it took to protect us and th ehouse.

    However, neither of them had or have ever bitten anyone in that way...generally the going apeshit is enough to scare anyone off.

    Out LL comes round every day and Barney is used to him now so lets him come and go but he doesnt let them pat him or anything...ive seen them trying LOL

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    My evil hound nipped the lawnmower man on the butt because he went through her space without greeting her properly. I had her on lead too - most embarrassing. He forgave her but I could have been in a lot of trouble.

    She will lick him if he greets her properly. She always goes ballistic when he shows up - he's SO EXCITING...

    Former housemate had an ACD - that we used to have to wake up before we could get in the car... with him it was chomp first, questions later.

    And any tradie with a power tool was in trouble too. Washing machine repair man was not able to use the electric screw driver with out ACD trying to kill it for him.

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    greeting her properly
    HaHaHa... Politeness is a big factor when dealing with an ACD!

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    We have had Murphy doing his job something like this but so far just barking and heading towards who ever it is.
    One was we had a young fella come in to spray our trees for fruit fly and I put Murphy on the lead so I could open and close the gate and keep the dog fully under my control. Well he came into the yard and Murphy seen this stranger here in his yard and he let off this blood curdling bark. Like I will rip your head off and you know what down your neck.
    I told him good boy because this is what part of his being with us. The young fella finished the job but he forgot to give me the piece of pape to tell it has been done. I think he was a little too scared to come too close.
    Then yesterday a friend came to look at the new car and the front door was open but the screen door was locked. He came up the steps and even before he could knock Murphy done his job again and again I told him good boy.
    My mate was a little taken back by how Murphy reacted to his presents at the door. But as soon as he was in I told Murphy to sit and leave and he did. So my boy is going to be a top gaurd dog without the need for me to train him to do it.
    I just would hate to be on the other side when he is full grown.

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