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    It's funny though, we were at the beach a few months ago, we hadn't had Oskar very long, and my boyfriend had my kids in the deep water. Oskar isn't too phased on water, and isn't a particularly good swimmer but when he heard the girls yelling, he tried to swim out to them, as he thought they were in trouble. And sometimes, when we are all sitting around, it's like he is on patrol, doing a head count making sure we are all there.

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    Well said! I'd never want to make her vicious or harm her in anyway, I love her. Just was wondering if she would ever hard to tell me there was a car pulling up instead of just barking at my mums cats :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post
    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.
    Argue all you like. Whatever he is doing, I like it. It makes our house and yard safe and I like that.

    I disagree that dogs dont protect their people naturally. Dogs protect their family unit and in domestic dogs that would generally include a person or 3. Maybe he is protecting himself, maybe he is being territorial, maybe he is resource hogging (he doesnt do it with anything else though) but like Jadie said, the end result is the same.

    He hasn't bitten anyone, but he doesn't need to have bitten to prove anything. He's shown a (can't think of the word) "likelihood" that if you climb the back fence into our yard, you are probably going to get bitten. If you come in the front door, with one of us, you wont. I have seen it with my own eyes (I was actually the target and he wasn't messing around - that sounds terrible, looking forward to comments on that one).

    You are entitled to think what you like...my OH would even agree with you. He thinks the dog is all noise but he hasn't seen what I have, or heard what I have.

    Regardless, of why he is doing it, I appreciate it. I completely trust him to never bite anyone in the wrong circumstances, i.e. he would never bite a child or a guest to the house, and he makes me feel safe.

    This post probably makes me look even more terrible, but that's fine by me. I love my boy, hes a great dog (not perfect but great nonetheless) and as well as being a beloved member of our family, he has proven himself quite useful.

    Perhaps it is a baheviour we encourag ein our males unconciously. Our last male was super protective too. I remember one time, I was heavily pregnant and this random guy turned up and started asking about the car in the back yard. The car couldnt be seen from the street and had been abandoned in the yard before we move din (yes it was a rough neighbourhood). Anyway this guy was a fair distance away from me asking me weird questions, then he took 2 steps towards me, and Lennox immediately stepped between us. The guy stayed there for a while and then tried to get close again and Lennox lunged (he kinda went forward snapping and snarling). This happened twice more and then the guy left.

    Lennox never did it to another person ever again...just that one guy while I was preggy and there was definitely some bad intentions there and I am very grateful Lennox had stayed home with me instead of going for a walk with my OH. IMO, that's protection...

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    Lala, if you want to rely on your completely untrained dog to do personal protection work then by all means, go for it. Obviously there is nothing that can be said that can change your belief your dog will step up and attack an intruder. I just hope you never have to test that theory and your dog is never put in a position where you are relying on it to take down an attacker or intruder.

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    Smeagle, I think you are reading between the lines.

    He is NOT a personal protection dog, and I don't rely on him to protect me. I havent even said that in any of my posts.

    I have stated he is more of a "guard" dog than a "watch" dog and I believe he would not take kindly to intruders at all. That in no way means he is relied on to do this or is used for personal protection work.

    You sould read what is there instead of what you think I am posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeShoe View Post
    I don't want her to be vicious or anything but I've never had a dog before and I like the idea of being warned when someone comes to my house you know? I can see how excessive barking can be a problem though for sure!
    Um lee I'm trying to be mead but making your staffy a whach dog can get out of control if a dog gets vis and gets out it cou hurt some one that meads fines dog can get sease and put down and more bad press or even a staffy ban and I know you don't whant that to happen to your best friend
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    Lala smegle k&p Brake it up this is a forum not a ring now play nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruby mc nugget View Post
    Um lee I'm trying to be mead but making your staffy a whach dog can get out of control if a dog gets vis and gets out it cou hurt some one that meads fines dog can get sease and put down and more bad press or even a staffy ban and I know you don't whant that to happen to your best friend
    Wow that's a good point, I never thought of it like that. Staffy ban would be awful! I'd move! haha She's to much of a softy anyway

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