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Old 05-20-2005, 06:18 PM
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Thought I would start a little fun discussion on how well you think you dog is a watch dog. I had my lab (Yogi) and golden (Eli) who were GREAT watch dogs. They would alert me in a second if anyone was out walking or if there's a knock on the door, or a car drives up. Now they're gone, and I have Hunter... the biggest wussy dog, ever! He never hears a knock (my Mom came by last night and was knocking on every door --- which I'm SURE he heard, yet he didn't alert me until she was at the door right where I was and said "HELLO?!" One time I came home early and caught him offguard and he was woofing a scared bark. Until he knew it was me, he was so scared!
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Old 05-20-2005, 06:45 PM
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Do you REALLY want to know? ROLF! What do you think? Mine have to check out anything that is the least bit different. If we park one of the cars or tractors in a different place they have to go check. One stays to guard me and the others go check things out. Usually very little or no barking - they prefer to sneak up from two different directions
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Old 05-20-2005, 06:45 PM
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I guess I am not allowed to talk about my pugs watch dog capabilities There are none, it's called snoring! I will say however, that we had to put our great dane down last January and he was the best watch dog and protector ever. He was the best and I was NEVER scared to be home alone because he was very accepting to those who entered under our terms, but I was fully convinced if there was an intruder he would have taken care of it for me. He was so noble, loyal, and sweet. We miss him One time there were some guys at my front door when I was home alone and I did not want to answer it, but they would not go away, they kept pounding and pounding on my door. I was eventually so scared that they would not leave so I sent our dane downstairs to "take care of it." We have a floor to ceiling window next to our front door and he ran down to that window and without budging, stared the guys right in the face with his cropped ears and jet black 170 body and let out the loudest and strongest growl/bark I had ever heard come out of him. Needless to say, they were gone in a split second practically running away . He was my guardian and I miss him dearly.
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Old 05-20-2005, 06:58 PM
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Chloe alerts me to people by barking and goint to the front door. Lucas does it by just running to the front door then coming to me to open it and the dashing back to the door. But neither are the best gaurd dogs. If someone broke into my house they would probably lick them to death as long as they didn't try to hurt my family. Once Lucas and Chloe (more Lucas than Chloe) sense me or my family is in danger they go straight to protective mode.
Lucas saved me from these two guys probably around 19-23 who tried to break into my house in the middle of the day. I think it was around 12 pm and I was home alone. I stayed home from school cause I was throwing up everywhere and felt horribly. My parents had to go to work so they left and my mom forgot to lock the front door before she left. I was sleeping in my bed and luckily woke up to a car pulling into the driveway. I looked out the window and didn't recognize the car and I ran to the front door to make sure it was locked, for one we don't live in the safest of neighborhoods. So I did that just before they came into the yard. I dropped down to the floor behind my couch so they couldn't see me and they jiggled the handle a few times. Then I think they tried to pick it and Lucas (this is before we got Chloe) must've sensed I was scared cause he got on the coach so he could see right out the window and started to growl and do his Whooo whooo whooo thing, but it was more aggressive like a warning. I was so shocked! He had NEVER been aggressive sounding or growled at anyone. They jumped at the sight of him and luckily left. I am soo glad he was there!!
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Old 05-20-2005, 07:01 PM
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I guess I am not allowed to talk about my pugs watch dog capabilities There are none, it's called snoring! I will say however, that we had to put our great dane down last January and he was the best watch dog and protector ever. He was the best and I was NEVER scared to be home alone because he was very accepting to those who entered under our terms, but I was fully convinced if there was an intruder he would have taken care of it for me. He was so noble, loyal, and sweet. We miss him One time there were some guys at my front door when I was home alone and I did not want to answer it, but they would not go away, they kept pounding and pounding on my door. I was eventually so scared that they would not leave so I sent our dane downstairs to "take care of it." We have a floor to ceiling window next to our front door and he ran down to that window and without budging, stared the guys right in the face with his cropped ears and jet black 170 body and let out the loudest and strongest growl/bark I had ever heard come out of him. Needless to say, they were gone in a split second practically running away . He was my guardian and I miss him dearly.
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Old 05-20-2005, 08:10 PM
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Love these " killer" dogs.!!!! My Chip is the first Golden I've had that is alert to any noise, new car, new walker passed the house etc.. he'll usually bark and come to me to check... When I say, that's O.K. he stops. He's guarding Grammy and I feel safe. When I close the loover drapes at night his big nose has them separated checking the outside. He starts off on my bed, but likes to sleep at my doorway into the hall....though in the morning, he's on his bed beside me. I know he'd never attack , but feel others don't. Now ElinHunter will have to tell the story of her " Grill Cheese" and the hunter in our old home !!! Any NashnRude of her fierce Black Lab during night robbery !!!
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Old 05-20-2005, 08:38 PM
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considering the breeds i have you would think they would be superb watch/guard dogs. but scout lacks in certain areas big time. scout is just such a mush that she doesnt care who or what is around. she has never barked in her life and she is two years old. half the time i dont think she even notices anyone around and if someone knocks on the door , half the time she doesnt even acknowledge someone is there. thunder barks a blue streak when someone knocks on the door and i usually have to put him in his crate or put the baby gate up before i can answer it. he is 7 years old and has never bitten anyone but i know he is not fond of kids outside my own son so i err on the side of caution. salty our foster dog barks, growls and runs to the door when someone knocks but as soon as i open the door she is fine and happy. she is very people and kid friendly but i know she protect us if need be.other animals on the other hand she will go for the kill. she is very animal aggressive .
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Love these " killer" dogs.!!!! My Chip is the first Golden I've had that is alert to any noise, new car, new walker passed the house etc.. he'll usually bark and come to me to check... When I say, that's O.K. he stops. He's guarding Grammy and I feel safe. When I close the loover drapes at night his big nose has them separated checking the outside. He starts off on my bed, but likes to sleep at my doorway into the hall....though in the morning, he's on his bed beside me. I know he'd never attack , but feel others don't. Now ElinHunter will have to tell the story of her " Grill Cheese" and the hunter in our old home !!! Any NashnRude of her fierce Black Lab during night robbery !!!
Not sure what your very last sentence meant But, anywho... I think the story you're referring to is when we were in the house I grew up in... out in the country on 10 acres in the country, and we would have a problem with hunters crossing through our property while hunting. We were against hunting. And these guys were coming down our driveway to cross over to the next field. And the dogs were out and Copper especially put them at bay barking and barking ferociously. We came out and said "THERE IS NO HUNTING HERE! PLEASE LEAVE!" And they were like "Lady, we're not going anywhere until you call that dog off!". She was the sweetest golden retriever you'd ever know
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Old 05-20-2005, 09:31 PM
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Anna is a big softie, but she actually is very protective and intuitive . She mostly just barks as alerts around the house; the more serious she is, the quieter she gets. The barking is when she's either behind a wall or leashed. Posturing, is my guess.

The puppy is only 6 months old but is starting to protect the front door a bit. I can tell he doesn't really know what he's doing or why, cause he'll bark and then look at everyone to see if he did right. He's going to take a lot of watching to keep form becoming overly protective. He's a bit of a bully and a hyper spas as is.
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Old 05-20-2005, 09:46 PM
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That's the story....except you said " go get them !' and she started barking and dropped their guns......I think Copper had a bigger grin on her face than we did !!!!
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