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Thread: Do Staffies make good guard/watch dogs?

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    We have never wanted a watch dog to actually protect the property... or protect us... we just wanted a dog that would bark at cars as they pull in, otherwise we wouldnt have a chance of knowing somone was here, unless we were constantly on the lookout for cars.

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    My brother's Staffy grew up with his much older and deaf bitsa. So as a puppy the SBT never barked cos the older dog never barked. She still doesn't bark at new arrivals. But I'm sure dodgy people don't want to be surprise greeted by a self propelled bowling ball - arriving at high speed.

    My dog - barks at way too many things. But I'm quite happy if she barks if people come to the front door or go round the side. Have frightened the gas meter man a couple of times - she puts on an excellent show. ACD make great guard dogs in my opinion - they like to stay home and they do look put on a fiece looking show for strangers. Whether the stranger opts to knock on the front door and let the owner handle the dog, leave, or harm the dog - I guess that depends on the stranger.

    One of my friends lost his German Shepherd dog to burglars - poisoned. So you do have to choose between your dog and your stuff. An alert barker good. Potential biter - can be bad. I'm fairly sure that most state dog laws exempt a dog that is protecting property from the bite laws. But that doesn't make it ok for them to bite a policeman, ambulance worker, fireman, postie, meter reader etc.

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    thought i might add to this thread .... as a general rule, SBT, Amstaffs, APBT will not make good gaurd dogs. They are all people dogs who just crave human attention. Like mine, doesn't matter who it is at the front door, he just can't wait to get out and say hello. How you would make one of these types a gaurd dog would be going against their normal instincts and this is where these types of dogs can become dangerous. If you want a gaurd dog, bully breeds are NOT the breeds to go for .... also as i said previously, owning a dog that has been encouraged to gaurd is a dangerous path to go down if you're not a professional!

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    Oskar runs to the door if he hears the gate being opened or if someone knocks at the door, and he generally will bark until I have said hello to the person, then he pretty much settles down. But he runs to the door even if there is a knocking sound on the telly. He is an AMSTAFF x

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    staffys are wonderful dogs. not sure about guard dogs but they have a lovely disposition once you get to know them

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    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post
    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.
    He's not encouraged. I stated that in my first post, he just naturally does it.

    However like some others have stated, I dont "put my dogs in danger". They sleep in their own room locked away...except when my OH isn't here and then they sleep with me. But they do go/or have gone out in the back yard when noone is home and their (or his really) natural inclination to "protect" has been tested (not on purpose) and has proved good.

    Do I like the fact that he is a big dog that is very protective of his back yard and family. Hell yes. Do I like the fact that he is an extremely good deterrant, very much so.

    Sure, if someone wanted to get in, they could hurt him but they are more likely to go next door or across the road where there isnt a large protective dog.

    He is not encouraged in any way, shape or form. He does it naturally an to be perfectly honest, I don't discourage it either. Does that make me a shit owner, perhaps, but I really dont mind.

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    Lala you said earlier he hasn't actually bitten anyone so how was it tested? Plenty of dogs bark at strangers but like I said rarely will you find a dog who has the nerve to actually attack someone when being threatened especially when the person doesn't back down.

    Like I said, protection work is not something IMO anyone can rely on an untrained dog to do. I would also argue your dog is not actually protecting you. Being territorial or protecting himself, sure, but protecting people isn't something dogs do naturally, it's something that needs to be trained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post
    Like I said, protection work is not something IMO anyone can rely on an untrained dog to do. I would also argue your dog is not actually protecting you. Being territorial or protecting himself, sure, but protecting people isn't something dogs do naturally, it's something that needs to be trained.
    I don't really think it needs to be trained in Smeagle. I've met plenty of dogs who are very protectant over their masters. If you have a bond I think it just comes naturally... My opinion anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    I don't really think it needs to be trained in Smeagle. I've met plenty of dogs who are very protectant over their masters. If you have a bond I think it just comes naturally... My opinion anyways.
    I think what some people think is protectiveness is possessiveness (i.e. resource guarding), or the dog protecting itself.

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    Still at the end of the day whether it is resource guarding or being protective the end result is the same. My dogs I think would be shit at protecting me, they love people to much. I've had dogs when I was little though that were very protective.

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