How's Your Watch Dog?

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  1. EliNHunter

    EliNHunter New Member

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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! :rolleyes:
     
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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 :eek:
     
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    :( I guess I am not allowed to talk about my pugs watch dog capabilities :D 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 :p . He was my guardian and I miss him dearly.
     
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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 :rolleyes: 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! :eek: 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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    That's priceless! God Bless your Baby!
     
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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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    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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    Not sure what your very last sentence meant :confused: 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 :p
     
  9. Stanna

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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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    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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    Mary watches o'er the house..and Victor learns from Mary..i know a approaching growl...low and so quiet you almost dont hear it means "someone i don't know is walking down the street..look and see if it is ok please" to a sharp bark that means Onyx is out i see her! or a tail thumping i hear angela's car coming down the street..yipee a friend is coming...and the same for Logan..thump thump thump
     
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    Peanut is a great watchdog. She is turning 1 year old sometime this month (shelter didnt know date) and she is great. She will investigate ANYTHING that is new or unfamiliar. If we're playing and she hears a noise, or sees someone walking past our house, she will drop her toy, her ears will stand erect and she will make a deep grunting/barking sound. If the person has a dog with them and the dog "returns the favor", she will pull as hard as she can on her leash and will start barking. I swear she barks like a wolf. lol. She even scares the neighbors pitbull, who doesnt like her very much. She loves me sooooo much, and will stand her ground against any dog, human, whatever, just to make sure that I'm ok and unharmed.
     
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    Nemin u reminded me of something i had not thought of in a long long time.it was the stands her ground part..i got whippens when i was little and my mom would have to lock my little dog picky out of the bathroom..anyone that raised a hand to me even in jest and she would back up growling ..and snarling. She was a little dog too..i posted her pic in my stinky dink story..she was the fuzzy one. i am glad peanut loves you like that!
     
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    Lol, its nice to have a furry guardian angel, isnt it?
     
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    That is a great story. I wish Peanut would follow ME to school.lol. And that is a great pic in the newspaper. I'm sure you miss Dinky alot, he sounded like a great dog.
     
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    They all were in different ways,,picky was different from the dink..she needed me and wasn't so independant..when i was gone she would drag a piece of my clothing to the front door (there were three windows in a column next to it) and she would stay there until i got home.even if i was on visitation at my father's for a week.she would stay in that spot until i returned...She was the heart dog of my childhood and held the key to a lot of my sanity. She could ride my pony with me as well..stuck her feet against the front and wedged her body against my stomach..she could really stay on even during a good gallop. my mom wasn't phsyically affectionate..and the children she babysat drained her to the bone..she just didn't have anything left at the end of the day for me so i think i relied on my dogs for my unconditional love and affection.
     
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    I'm sorry for your great dane.I know they are great watch dogs and such sweet and gentle creatures!
    Amira is a great watch dog.She barks at every sound she hears or everyone who's at the door...I just love that big goof!She's my baby
     
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    My dog has a set limit of protection zones around my house which is funny. If a person is standing on sidewalk, my pup ignores them. Person comes on lawn, pup gets up and watches them.

    Person crosses lawn to our walkway, pup growls and barks.

    Though most of the time, he will usually let the person in just far enough that the person has very little chance of escaping then he strikes. (Thats how he does in tests we did, no live action yet and hopefully never :D ).

    IF he is sleeping on his place in middle room, he hears the doors open, he lets the person inside, when the person closes the door he goes after them. He waits for the door to close so the person cannot escape from him :).

    Its funny how many different ways he has of really luring in the intruder and then neutralizing him.

    Gladly ALOT of signs about guard dog and such should prevent most people from trying to get into my house :)
     
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    My Chihuahuas are great watch dogs...their hearing is out of this world. They hear things before my Doberman does sometimes. And they bark. And they bark. And they bark. LOL.

    My Doberman started showing his protective instincts at about 4 -5 months of age...that low, throaty growl and alerting to things that were not normal occurances. At 8 months, an incident occured in the middle of the night where someone came into the house univited. We both jumped out of bed and he ran in front of me and stood, growling/barking viciously at the person, but didn't lunge or bite.

    There was another weird thing where a strange man came into the house with my niece to let the dog out of his crate for me. This was before he was trustworthy in the house loose.....as an older pup (he took till he was like 17 months till I coud leave him loose in the house while I was shopping or something). I was not home. He knows and loves my niece, but growled quite viciously at this man with her. It worried her and she told him to get outside NOW and go in his car. It's strange how with my niece, he wasn't OK with this. If I had been there and let the guy in, he would have been fine.

    Anyone I'm friendly to, he's fine with and will be quite friendly after a few minutes. He watches the person, then my face and back to the person again. A lot of his assessment is taken from my mood toward the person.

    He has the reputation of a Doberman...will stand his ground and not back down, but has an uncanny ability to discern between a friendly stranger and one who is up to no good. Absolutely fascinating how he can tell. Delivery people can come up to the door or even sales people. He'll bark when they're first coming up the driveway and then just watch. He's suspicious of strangers at first, but doesn't fly off the handle. A lot of that also comes from extensive socialization....so very important. How else can they know what's normal and what isn't? I think a lot of the dogs who ruin their reputation are either poorly bred or not socialized enough. They are unsure of things and then more apt to bite. They have to be confident, fearless and educated about things. Then they do their job the right way.

    Like Renee said, anything that is out of the normal, these protection dogs really notice. My Doberman isn't one to lie down, stay put and let the world go by. If there's any unusual sound outside, he's up in a flash, checking it out. This could drive some people nuts, this restlessness, but it makes me feel more secure. And I've gotten use to it.

    He's still young...a little less than 2 years old. It will be interesting to see how he matures....at about 3 or so...that is when my trainer I had said that he'd turn into a Doberman. LOL. She had a Dobe at one time. She said to be careful...as he's learning about things, to keep him from going balistic at the window. Her's knocked down her mini blinds and almost broke through the window to get to someone. She said that I have to let him know that barking is fine, but not to go so nuts that he breaks a window. A-h-h-h.
     
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    Best guard dog ever.

    I don't even hear foot steps or the door bell ringing.

    There's different tones in Rocky's voice. one's that say "give me food" when he barks or "something's not right".

    I can differ from those two very easily.

    For example, today my friends parent came to pick him up when I start hearing this loud, low barking, I'm like, "Your mom must be here."

    Then I hear a doorbell.

    He's done this on numerous occasions.
     

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