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04-18-2019, 07:43 PM #1
RiskyRob Master Blaster
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I didn't intend for my two dogs to be guard dogs, but I've ended up with two excellent ones. Some of the neighbors have said that they have bought expensive dogs that didn't guard as well.

The female is a pitbull mix, and the male is an australian shepherd, so part of their guarding is instinctual. I'll  also reinforce it by going out and seeing why they are alerting. This morning, about 9AM, two skeevy-looking men in a battered SUV were parked in the high grass off the road. They weren't technically on my property, but Dina and Halo didn't like it, and barked aggressively. I went to the fence, read the license plate, and then after they left, checked the spot.

Dinah and Halo see that I appreciate their vigilance, and I think that reinforces their guarding.

One downside, is that sometimes they hear things in the middle of the night, and wake me up to let them out. At 12:30 AM this morning, that happened. Both went out to investigate. Dinah came back in, but Halo spend the rest of the night guarding outdoors.[Image: 5cdIYeD]
04-18-2019, 08:25 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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Our dog is a pretty good guard dog as well. Unfortunately he misinterprets threats quite a bit, but he gets better as he gets older.
He finds mentally challenged people as well as colored or "suspicious" people worthy of his growls 15.gif

Got pics?
04-18-2019, 10:21 PM #3
RiskyRob Master Blaster
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(04-18-2019, 08:25 PM)Octo Wrote:  Our dog is a pretty good guard dog as well. Unfortunately he misinterprets threats quite a bit, but he gets better as he gets older.
He finds mentally challenged people as well as colored or "suspicious" people worthy of his growls 15.gif

Got pics?

I've taught them not to bark at kids, but they really go off on scruffy men. Their perception of threats is pretty accurate.

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04-19-2019, 03:08 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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What a cutie! Thanks!

Our dog loves kids! He'd be a perfect dog for a kindergarten, he's really gentle and would never be mean, but he barks at their parents because he's so protective of their kids. chuckle.gif
04-19-2019, 03:42 PM #5
RiskyRob Master Blaster
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(04-19-2019, 03:08 PM)Octo Wrote:  What a cutie! Thanks!

Our dog loves kids! He'd be a perfect dog for a kindergarten, he's really gentle and would never be mean, but he barks at their parents because he's so protective of their kids.  chuckle.gif

A faq on how to post pictures would be helpful. As I recall, isn't there is a specific site to use to host the images?
04-19-2019, 09:25 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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There are a number of image hosting sites you can upload your photos to. I use imgur.com because they offer a https:// option and it's the only kind we'll embed.

Generally you can right click on any image online and choose 'copy image location', then click on this icon above


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Then paste the image link you copied into the url field:

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Click ok and your photo will show up when you post. Your image link should have those [ img] tags around it [Image: 2w9Ypuz.png]

[Image: 200w.webp?cid=790b76115cba0ff97150696841f122ce]
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04-20-2019, 02:16 AM #7
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(04-18-2019, 10:21 PM)RiskyRob Wrote:  
(04-18-2019, 08:25 PM)Octo Wrote:  Our dog is a pretty good guard dog as well. Unfortunately he misinterprets threats quite a bit, but he gets better as he gets older.
He finds mentally challenged people as well as colored or "suspicious" people worthy of his growls 15.gif

Got pics?

I've taught them not to bark at kids, but they really go off on scruffy men. Their perception of threats is pretty accurate.

[Image: jrd8u5LGu4JTk1oYA]

aww baby! PS. Who does his nails? ;-)
04-20-2019, 12:53 PM #8
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I would consider their barking at anything making noise (raccoons?) in the middle of the night a problem for me.
04-20-2019, 10:49 PM #9
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,552 Threads:1,590 Joined:Feb 2011
Choose a dog that checks your boxes and fills your needs.

Choose a poodle for intelligence, terrier for attitude (and intelligence), labs for big dog love doodles etc...



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