Posted by: Ron | 2009/02/14

German Sheperd


I have a 4 year old german sheperd bitch. she is very very friendly and has been rasied in a friendly relaxed environment.

I sometimes wonder if she would attack strangers if they were to come into our yard. also would she attack if someone came in and she sensed that i or a family member was under threat.

so my question is, do you think she would have the instinct to protect us and attack? the reason i ask is that she is so friendly and has never been exposed to hostile etc. situations.


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Posted by: WR | 2009/02/16

Be careful here 

If you are seen as the Alpha in the pack, your untrained dog will most probably look at you for protection.
They will be better alarmists or deterrents - if not trained.

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Posted by: cathy | 2009/02/16

I' m of the opinion that dogs protect " their"  people or pact and not things i.e. furniture etc. Our dogs throughout the years certaintly where always ready to protect " their"  people.

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Posted by: Big dog lover | 2009/02/15

When I was a child we had a Bulldog. She was the friendliest dog one could imagine. When my mother had her first stroke + was bedridden for the next eight mths. after that during the day when we were at school + father was at work this dog would lie in the passage right by my mother' s bedroom door. The only other person she would allow into the house was the maid who looked after my mother during the day. Once a week the doctor used to do a visit + then the maid would have to drag the protesting Bulldog into another room + shut the door. So I think that most family dogs do have a built in sense of protection towards their folks in the house.

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Posted by: Chill | 2009/02/14

I' ve asked myself that question before too. There' s no way of knowing, until it' s necessary - frankly I think these dogs'  greatest value is as a deterrent.

Is your dog a good watchdog? Does she bark at strangers, and do her hackles go up if someone is at the door/gate?

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Posted by: Carol | 2009/02/14

My experience with dogs , especially those raised in loving homes is that they do in fact make the best watch dogs.

My 2 boxers are very friendly and love evryone , but dont come into our yard without an invitation, and dont threaten anyone .. especially me ... just raising your voice to me is going to get them going.

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