Fun question. Dog or loaded gun ? Hard to imagine such a simple choice as that. More likely is a loaded human, a misplaced gun and an empty dog...... as viewed from the Criimals point of view. Actually, dogs and guns are equally dangerous to criminals and victims alike. Too often the person who feels protection is necessary is the person who hasn't trained the protection dog, and knows little or nothing about firearms. I could be wrong, but it would seem to me that the criminal would have the advantage on firearms, or won't be long in the business if they don't. Its part of the job to case the place and be prepared. If firearms are involved, most victims are in "react" mode, and are shaking too much to take proper aim. Unless well practiced, that .357 Python in the top drawer will blow the fireplace off the wall, but very few can hit a shadowy target the size of a man at 10 feet. Miss your first shot, and most half asleep victims will be searching for the gun on the floor on all fours; perhaps a little too much weapon ? Then there's the dual barrel 12 gauge shotgun a number of shooters choose for close-in personal protection. A lot of furniture is destroyed that way - but it creates jobs in the wall repair industry ! Large or small breed, protection trained or tail-between-its-legs fear biter, the dog is going to bark, first warning the criminal and second alerting the victim. Almost always the criminal is warned; very rarely is the victim alerted. One is awake, pumped, expecting a dog to bark; the other is asleep, disoriented when woken, and not sure about the noise - was it real or was I dreaming ? More often than not, the victim makes a fatal error trying to avoid shooting the dog or the dog's behavior affects the victim more than the criminal. The odds are better for the criminal to take the dog out of the equation with a stale-dated piece of meat. The same piece of meat has been known to take a few victims out as well, come to think about it. You never know - choose the right peice of meat, and the dog may join up with the criminal. So what's best ? Based on what I have read on the topic, I'd keep the gun locked up, the dog in its kennel and cut a deal with my wife to investigate nightime noises in exchange for me keeping the toilet lid closed. I am awed by her first strike capability whenever I am the threat of the moment. Once the target has been engaged, its missile lock, fire, then ask questions of any survivors fiound in the area. Sorry if I didn't treat the question seriously. Its just that the question is a little too unrealistic to attract a genuinely serious answer. The only thing one can ever rely on is oneself. If the need for protection is real, the best action plan would include a rigorous physical and mental fitness program, a healthy diet, and some night school courses on criminology, psychology, and basic survival skills. Extra time could be used to take a basic sales course, the Dale Carnegie course, and St. John's Ambulance First Aid. Better yet, focus on avoidance and prevention. Be sure to keep the dog, and the gun for sentimental value.
hey people we need to understand WE humans were the ones that have breed all dogs for what they do, that was our choice not theirs. WE were the ones that breed certian dogs for what they do.WE HAVE NOBODY TO BLAME BUT OURSELVES , and need to take responisbilty for our actions no matter what they are!!! saying one breed is better than the other is not right. their are good and bad dogs in every breed! like i said i've been around dogs all my life, rescue dogs and the pit bull just fits my life style. no i am not a drug dealer , trailer trash, or poor. my family is well known, rich but not to rich,were not snobs.we have a family run bussness, roofing.i do alot of hiking, walking, weightlifting, and love doing stuff outside.i've had many type of dogs including labs, chihuahuas,spaniels, "other yappey dogs"hound dogs, mutts, and just about any mix or breed. i just found the american pit bull terrier to fit my life style, they fit perfect.sorry if it makes people mad but thats my choice! not yours!
Have you ever noticed on tv/news when there is a story about someone robbed, murdered or raped in their home there was no dog, mabe a gun but, no dog!!! Or a scary movie where someones in the house ready tho kill the person, I'm screaming "Why don't they have a dog?"
I've thought about a gun. Isn't it scary sometimes to watch the news! Especially when you have a family to protect! I wasn't so paranoid before I had children. We have a Great Dane that is protective of his yard. When the doorbell rings they KNOW we have a BIG dog! His bark is so loud! Anyway, if someone knew that you had a dog & had been watching the house or something then they would just bring food, meat or something like that to deter the pet. I'd be afraid of a gun though but sometimes I wonder if we should own one!!!
I've thought about a gun. Isn't it scary sometimes to watch the news! Especially when you have a family to protect! I wasn't so paranoid before I had children. We have a Great Dane that is protective of his yard. When the doorbell rings they KNOW we have a BIG dog! His bark is so loud! Anyway, if someone knew that you had a dog & had been watching the house or something then they would just bring food, meat or something like that to deter the pet. I'd be afraid of a gun though but sometimes I wonder if we should own one!!! My Great Dane inspired me :o) www.bowwowbeds.net
sorry but food don't work on our dogs.if they don't know you and their in "their yard" they'd would rather eat you!!!!!!! lol !!thats just the way they are. now if i had them out on a leash and have them in public its differentt.They've been trained the when too and not toos.its very inportant that if you have a protection dog, it must be properly trained.just wanting a viocious dog is never the answer to any thing. thats when you get yourself into trouble and your dog also.myself would trust a strange pit bull than a strange human, but that is just how i think!!!
I live out in the country and we own a gun that is locked in a lock box. The key is in our nightstand. We have an eight-year old son who is very curious, so we showed him the gun and told him the dangers of using one. We wanted to take him to gun safety classes, but I guess the lecture scared him - he won't go near it. Anyway, my husband took a job that requires him to be out of town for several days a month, and there had been a recent outbreak of break-ins out where we live (meth related). I decided that even though I knew where the gun was, how to use ect., that I would prefer something that would discourage anyone not invited. So we bought a guard dog. She is wonderful with my son and a great part of the family, however if anyone she doesn't know even comes near our house, we are the first ones to know. I personally think that even though a gun is cheaper, it is definately more beneficial to have a dog in the house.
Old topic but still interesting. I prefer to have both. If you are unfamiliar with guns a gun is the worst thing you can have around. Actually the same can be said for guard dogs. You need to learn all you can about whichever you have for protection for safety's sake.
I agree with most of you. I would much rather have the dog. I used to have 2 APBT's. I never felt that me and my kids were in any danger when they were around. Not only was I not worried about them being used against me or not being handy when I needed them, most people wouldn't be dumb enough to enter my home knowing they were there. I now have a bull mastiff mix. I got him because i missed having a big dog in the home. I love our toy poodle. But there is nothing like a 90 lb. lap baby. I love large breeds for so may reasons. And one is because they make me feel safe and secure. My poodle may let me know when someone is around who shouldn't be. But Big Ben will make the think twice about stopping by to visit.
Just an after thought. In most cases of home invasions the people don't seem to have owned any dog let alone a large breed. I think any type of dog would be a deterant to a would be invader. Any thoughts?