!!!!...Guard Dog....!!!!

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  1. CubaMex Memo

    CubaMex Memo XDTalk Newbie

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    Hello fellow xd holders,

    Well my girlfriend is scared to be home alone when i go to work (graveyard) even though she has two shot guns and an XD 40 bi tone... with hollow points in our bedroom. So she says she wants a dog. What do you suggest. Boxer, Rotti, etc... you name it ...thanks

     
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    Verm XDTalk 500 Member

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    Akita
    loyal til the death, very emotional and loving, they don't bark as much be they tend to talk, and if anyone tries to hurt you, they go for the throat. :)

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    SKYMEDIC XDTalk Newbie

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    Take a look at my avatar, Do you think anyone is going to try to come in my house with those two roaming the grounds?

    Look into buying one that has what they call a SCHUTZHUND 1,2,3 title, 3 is the best, this means the dog is trained in obedience, tracking and protection. ( Will bite on Command, not anytime else )

    You can get involved in training your own dog, or you can buy them already trained to this level. Most police dogs are trained to a 1 level, just do a search for breeders that sell these, or I got mine from Enckhausen Kennels. Google it, you will find what your looking for.

    NOTHING beats a German Shepherd when it comes to this kind of work. plus they are very loyal friends and are great with Kids, and awesome to take camping and fishing and hiking.

    any questions, shoot me an email..
    good luck.
    John
     
  4. CubaMex Memo

    CubaMex Memo XDTalk Newbie

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    I forgot to mention that i have a 17month old son...so it needs to be kid friendly. thanx
     
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    Verm XDTalk 500 Member

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    still suggest looking at Akitas then.
     
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    [TASF]Overkill XDTalk 2K Member

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    Akitas, according to the "Akita website"... don't co-exist well at all with new dogs, new small animals, new children...

    Look like a great dog if you're living alone, but I gotta say I'm a big fan of a dog that doesn't have to be on a leash everywhere I go, and where if someone moves in with a cat, it won't look at it as a snack. :)
     
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    Does your girlfriend want a dog so that she _feels_ safer at home, or do you believe she _needs_ a dog for protection? Think carefully on this, along with how much time, energy, and money you and she are willing to put into the dog.

    Any dog will be a decent deterrent to casual theft/trespass. My neighbor's yappy little lahsa being a prime example. Obedience training is the first step, but as SKYMEDIC mentioned, you go on from there if you want the dog trained in protection. If you decide to go that route I strongly suggest working with your breeder or a local trainer.

    I'm fond of both shepards and Akitas. If going for a purebred shepard be careful in chosing a breeder and be careful about bad hips in their line. This is not a knock on shepards, but I've had to take care of a dying shepard with bad hips, and no bowel control before he died. It brought to home for me the consequences of what I feel is an over-emphasis on show conformation in breeding shepards (and many other breeds). I've not heard of Akitas having problems with their hips since they've not been as "show bred" as many of the shepard blood lines. Sorry, end of rant.

    If you decide to go with either of these or many of the other common protection breeds (rots, dobbies, Rhodies, etc.) don't forget that these are big dogs. They are high energy dogs that will need a fair amount of exercise, especially during the first two years. If you and your girlfriend are struggling to keep up with your kid you might want to think about whether you have the time and energy for a big dog. [My daughter is now one month old and if we had a new puppy I'd probably go nuts.]

    If youy and she decide that a dog will do as a deterrent, you can go to the local pound, pick up a mixed-breed mid to large size dog. Obedience train them yourself and then if you want to go on from there to protection you can do that with a local trainer. There is some risk to this path since you have no information on the puppy's background, but a lot less commitment up front.

    My two cents, your mileage will vary.

    Good luck,

    rwc
     
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    Do you want the dog as a guard dog or as a watch dog?

    With the available firepower she has at her disposal I would go for a "watch" dog. That can be anything that will bark and raise a ruckus if someone is on the premises. I have multi sensor K9 alarm system that ranges from a Toy Poodle to a pair of Labrador Retrievers and nothing gets by them.

    Remember the old adage - - - Never mind the dog, beware of the owner!
     
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    here is my new hunting dog (i dont think that he would make a very good attack dog)
    he is about 3 and a half weeks old in the pic (was taken about a week ago)
    so, he won't be coming home for a couple of weeks yet

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    he is a purebred chocolate lab
     
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    How about a great dane or a mastiff? Those are two very intimidating dogs on sheer looks and presence alone. Plus, Great Danes are about as beautiful as a dog gets.

    I think boxers are great too and they're known for being great with kids. They naturally tend to have a very protective tendency around children. I'd try to get one with big parents so he/she would tend to be a little bigger. My boxer, Roxie, is smaller because her mom was the runt of the litter. I don't mind though and my wife wanted a smaller one anyway.

    Here she is "guarding" her frisbees:

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    And here she is mad at me because I'm not playing with her:

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    The only thing about boxers is they are very active even into old age so they need to be played with or walked daily.

    brad cook
     
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    akitas are sweet. i believe they are used as gaurd dogs in the far east.
     
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    I'll second the Great Dane. Their size makes them intimidating to most everyone. The are good watchdogs and have a very healthy bark. Despite their size they are very agile and playful. They are really big gentle babies, I've had several over the years and they are great dogs.

    And nothing says "hello" like pulling up in someone's yard and having a dog looking at you eye-to-eye standing on their own 4 feet while you're seated in your car.

    Biggest drawback.......what goes in - - -comes out.

    bd
     
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    i think temperament (sp) is kinda what you make it. don't teach it to be mean...just alert. a well timed growl, can have you moving to a gun in no time. you know? i've had a rotti-doberman mix before, and she was the most playful dog you could find. she didn't know how big she was either. 140 lb "lap dog" comes to mind. we currently have two boxers. one is just learning how to "guard the house" and the other knows how to hide behind the big one. they love my niece and nephew, and they know when enough is enough. a buddy of mine in the army had a full blood pit bull. named it OZ. dumber than a bag of hammers. but they also smoked it out multiple times before enlisting. that dog had presence. i had to house sit during a rainy time for them, and my instructions were to wipe his feet off before coming in the house. i did it once. the second time, he growled when i lifted his back foot :shock: ...down it went...and out i went :arrow: ("stage right" style) . to hell with the carpet. if you know what i mean. additionally, he'd let the dog "play" with his worn out mud tires for a lifted Dodge 1500 crew cab...thingy (i don't know trucks too well). that dog could literally toss one across the yard, and not even worry about it.

    so...i don't know if i helped or not...i'm no dog expert, but i know the dogs, and dog experiences, I'VE had. good luck. :)
     
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    I would say a German Shephard. They are smart, they are loyal, and they will protect. I have some relatives who have one and she is the sweetest thing if she knows you. She guards their little boy like a treasure, and if you make a sudden movement towards him or any kind of aggression she's gonna run at you barking in that deep 'I'm not messin around' tone.
     
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    Just a toy poodle, but can hear a ant sneeze at 50 paces. No protection whatsoever, but will bark to let you know there is something wrong.

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