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    Default Do Staffies make good guard/watch dogs?

    Just wondering if I can train my new Staffy to be a guard/watch dog? i.e. bark at cars pulling up at the house and people coming into my front yard?

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    My two generally bark at just about anything walking past/coming in to our yard. I haven't trained them to do this, I think it is just normal dog behaviour.

    Training a dog to be a guard dog is a whole other kettle of fish.

    My suggestion would be once you dog is settled in to family life to enrol her into obedience training.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    ? Really

    Please see the thread "Help" by Madgedodge that was just made. A very good reason to not have a dog that barks at everyone and everything that comes past/into your yard.

    Most dogs will bark if their is a strange noise in the backyard and most will bark if a stranger walks in. Some won't. It is just one of those things.

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    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!

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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!
    Excessive barking is maddogdodges problem, it is actually aggression.

    As I said most dogs will alert bark when someone comes onto the property and that is probably all you need.

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    Most dogs as they reach maturity will give a warning bark is people enter their property.

    I never encourage it or it could go to the other extreme.

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    You dont need to encourage it, as others have said.

    Once the dog claims the house and yard as home, it'll most likely be automatic

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    Definitely not something you want to encourage indeed. I do occasionally give my dog a 'good dog' if she barks when there's someone at the door, but I don't actively enforce it. My old dog was a great guard dog - only barked when there was someone near the house, Banjo so far is a pretty lousy guard dog. I had the pizza place call me a while back because the delivery guy had been knocking on my door for 10 minutes and the dog hadn't even looked up!

    And of course 'guard dog' isn't really the right term. What you want is a watch dog. Ideally one who barks at people coming near the house but tries to lick intruders to death as opposed to bite them. The postie and the the occasional tradie would come into my yard when I was not home and my old dog was fine with them. Someone with bad intentions would probably not have taken the risk though. Now Banjo... with her still jumping up to strangers to lick them the way she does, even my friends won't enter the yard when I'm not there!

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    LOL No offence, but I definitely dont want a dog who tried to lick an intruder to death.

    "Oh hey, Im breaking into your house to murder you" "oh cool, just bring ya scube gear to get past barney" LOLOL

    FYI: pippi is an excellent watch dog....Barney is an excellent guard dog. Like Beliz says, there is a difference. Pippi barks and lets you know someone is coming but is friendly to anyone. Barney let's you know someone is coming and if we dont give him the OK about you (this is different from telling him enough barking), dont go in the back yard without one of us present (he is automatically fine if anyone enters with us).

    However, this wasnt trained or encouraged. He is just a natural "guard" dog. My guess is, he would most definitely bite a stranger who helped themselves into the backyard (so far hasnt happened - that I know of) and I come to this conclusion from seeing his behaviour and hearing from people who leaned over the fences or similar when we were out. Once you are given the OK though, he will let you come and go as you please. I.e. our landlord can come and go from our backyard whether we are home or not now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    LOL No offence, but I definitely dont want a dog who tried to lick an intruder to death.

    "Oh hey, Im breaking into your house to murder you" "oh cool, just bring ya scube gear to get past barney" LOLOL

    FYI: pippi is an excellent watch dog....Barney is an excellent guard dog. Like Beliz says, there is a difference. Pippi barks and lets you know someone is coming but is friendly to anyone. Barney let's you know someone is coming and if we dont give him the OK about you (this is different from telling him enough barking), dont go in the back yard without one of us present (he is automatically fine if anyone enters with us).

    However, this wasnt trained or encouraged. He is just a natural "guard" dog. My guess is, he would most definitely bite a stranger who helped themselves into the backyard (so far hasnt happened - that I know of) and I come to this conclusion from seeing his behaviour and hearing from people who leaned over the fences or similar when we were out. Once you are given the OK though, he will let you come and go as you please. I.e. our landlord can come and go from our backyard whether we are home or not now.
    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.

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