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Thread: Do Staffies make good guard/watch dogs?

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    I would hope my dog would come to my defense if someone would try to hurt me though. Someone recently got mugged at one of the lakes here and they only let go of the guy - they had him in a headlock while they picked his pockets - because his (smallish, I think) dog dug his teeth into one of the muggers' legs. But that is the kind of situation I cannot test and definitely cannot train for. But I don't want her to bite someone just entering the backyard.

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    I can count on one hand the number of times jack has barked at something that "startled" him. Once was i had left a fan running in my room and when we got home the fan(pedestal) startled him .. he went off his tits at it, was hilarious. I'm happy if my dog licks an intruder to death, i use AAMI as my protection against people wanting to steal from me

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    Haha, Banjo only seems to bark at silly things. Like a plastic bag flapping in the bushes in the park. I've never heard her bark at a person.

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    lol i just found this thread
    Koda has alwlays barked at strangers, (we did praise him for barking but not anything more than barking, as the others say we wanted a WATCH dog not a guard dog) but as i said in the other thread, this barking has suddenly turned into agression, wich is actually quite scary to our friends!!!
    Trust me you dont want this at all, and i would not recomend trying to create a watch/guard dog... you dont want to end up with a dog who doesnt trust people because that is what they have been taught to do.
    As far as i am aware most dogs will give a warning bark when somone comes into their territory, but i wouldnt praise it. i would much
    rather a dog that licks people to death than what i have to deal with now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post
    There is no way you can rely on an untrained dog to actually guard. Some dogs will make a lot of noise because they are territorial or feel threatened by strangers but that doesn't mean they would actually bite an intruder. I would be incredibly surprised if your dog actually had the nerve required to bite someone and even then, continue to bite if the person fought back.

    Besides from that, IMO it's incredibly dangerous to allow a dog to decide of its own accord when it is and isn't ok to display aggression.
    He isn't aggressive per se. It's hard to explain

    EDIT to add: Suffice to say, he makes me feel very safe when I am home alone.

    EDIT again: Deleted most of post. It didnt really make sense or come out how it was meant to so I need to think about it and repost later when I can write somehting a bit more eloquent that actually says what I mean LOL

    Been doing that all night, posting rubbish that doesnt make sense.
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    Just as an FYI for those who like to have "watch" dogs.

    Intruders who are really intent on stealing and don't want a dog to get in there way. Well they will just seriously hurt or kill the dog.
    We had a client whose Boxer was bashed over the head with a baseball bat by a burglar. So my dogs sleep in my bedroom or locked in a crate so that they never give anyone reason to bash them over the head. Would rather lose all of my possessions then my dogs.

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    TBH, I'd rather buy an alarm system than expect my dogs to protect or defend. So much simpler all round.

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    if a dog did bite someone, regardless of their intentions, wouldnt you still be liable?
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    Like K&P who wants to put your dog in danger by encouraging them to 'defend' you if someone attacked you or broke into your house?

    If I wanted a personal protection dog, I would have a dog trained in personal protection. I really don't get it otherwise.

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    I just hope the size and number of my dogs keep people away, but a savvy dog person would only have to say "sit" and mine would. But that said, dogs do seem to sense intention and sometimes come to the fore.....My crew is hightly likely to lick everyone and slobber them to death ( Katy, Tessa and Lukey).......Annabelle is an unknown quantity, because of her aggression history , but she is extremely well conditioned to "off" and "leave it"....I can pull her out of a fight that way and we have in the past. That has been due to help from really good experienced trainers and intense training under their supervision. Hence i always say she is a managed dog, I would never have her anywhere loose wher she was not under my control.

    I think it is much better to have friendly dogs, most dogs bark to give their owners warning. And what a dog does when an owner is attacked would have to be seen as to when it happens.........
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