To make a long story short, our house was broken into Tuesday, they took our 46 inch flat screen TV. Nothing else was taken. I got to thinking what if we had been home. My husband and I don't own a gun, closest weapon we have is a butcher knife in the kitchen, and our bedrooms are down the hall and if an intruder broke in we would have nothing to defend ourselves. I do not personally want to purchase a gun, I just don't feel comforatble with that in the house and kids around. I understand you can hide them, lock them up, but that would make it hard to get to if someone did break in. I am thinking of purchasing a baseball bat and pepper spray instead. LOL. My dogs were not taken, two lil chihuahuas. I wonder if we had a bigger dog, would that make them leave or not want to enter. Anyone have stories to share about dogs protecting them. I was thinking a German Shepard might be nice for protection. Any thoughts?
1.) Are you looking for a dog that will HOPEFULLY just scare away intruders?
2.) Or do you want a dog willing to go the distance and protect both you and your home in the event that physical intervention by the dog was necessary?
The first thing to consider, is that even a breed known for it's protective streak will have individuals that are anything BUT. If your interested in option 2, when looking for a dog, get an adult that's already showing this protective behavior (and harness that in a positive manner), or look for a breeder with good lines, and parents that are/were working guard dogs.
You can find a protective dog or a mutt in a shelter, one that barks when people knock on the door, or are roaming around your house. But those same dogs which bark as a warning for you, may end up doing next to nothing if/when an intruder actually breaks in.
There's only one way to know. Testing, and ideally, training.
We have a music studio in our home and we are American Pit Bull Breeders, and with all the people who are in and out of our house, NO ONE has ever broken in. My dogs would protect us with there lives. They are truly Great Loving dogs and would give there lives to protect our kids and us. People are so judgemental when it comes to Pit Bull Terriers, but they are great dogs.. If you were to get a puppy and let it grown up with your other dogs, they would do great together. Just a true lover & supporterc of my breed.. :)
Chances are if you were at home, they would have moved on to the next house. I've read where presence of a dog (*any* dog) is enough to make most buglars move on.
You were burglarized, not robbed (i.e. someone snuck in and out vs. someone held a gun to your head). It's a different mindset for the perpetrator, and therefore you need to take a different strategy to protect yourself from each.
Burglarized, robbed, same thing. The house was broken into and no one was home. What if the burglars had been surprised by the homeowner, while thinking that no one was home ? A simple burglary could turn into something much worse if they had been surprised in the act by the homeowner. There had to be more than one thief involved,to be able to carry a TV of that size out of the home.
A home security system would be a start. Also , a neighborhood watch program is always a good idea. That way you not only get to know your neighbors, but also have extra eyes on your home when you are away. Also. you can not place protectiveness on a secific breed. There are even some GSDS that are big babies. Some dogs are just naturally protective of the family, others will show the burglars around the house. So sorry that you were robbed. Hopefully you have insurance, so that you are able to recoup what was taken from you.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
we have american bulldogs and they protect what is theirs including the car they are in and yet they love my 2 year old granddaughter. we use to have the same problem here but since we have gotten the bullies no one bothers us now. and we live in the boonies. not scared to stay at home alone with my bullies in the house.
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Thanks for all your responses. I agree Dusty burglarized and robbed means the same thing to me. The neighbor saw a white van parked at my house with two males and a white female driving. But the neighbor did not see them carry out a tv, only saw them knocking on my door then leave. I believe before my neighbor got outside they already had the TV loaded in the van, saw my neighbor, got scared and left. THe reason I think it went down like this is because out DVD player that is in our playroom was on the couch in the living room. I guess they were going to take it but left in a hurry. When I got home my front door was still locked and my back door wide open.
I think an alarm system might be best. Just wondering what thoughts were on a guard dog. I have read you need to be a firm handler to train bigger dogs, and I am an old softie, so it may not be best for me. And I have met GSD that were big ole babies :)
Homeowners will cover a small portion. And when I say small, it's small! LOL Insurance to me is the biggest rip off in America. I just feel bad all this happened, kinda get scared going to bed at night. But we are alright, and will now look into a security system. The neighbor was able to give a good description of the van and the guys at our house. Hopefully they catch them, but I doubt it.
You talk to anyone one in security, weather it is the police, survelance systems or security systems, they will all tell you that a larger barking dog is all that is needed. As long as it barks at people at the door reguardless as to weather you are home or not, is the biggest deterant to burglers. I was taught this while doing courses on installing security systems, and I work on monitoring and programing systems still, but a barking dogs is what you need. Most dont take the time to see oh its a lab it wont hurt me, they hear the deep bark and they leave, they dont want to risk being bitten. And pretty much any barking dog fits that bill, weather it is a baby towards you and your family all it needs to do is bark. There are some breeds that are less likly to bark Akitas tend to be quiet as are basenjis so I would stay away from them, check your local shelter and see what is there.
Here I go again, harping on shar peis, but they are verrry family loyal, good with kids and highly protective of what they view as theirs. I have no fear of any one even trying to get into my house while we are sleeping or gone. Most of our friends that come around are weary of them, but they have never bitten anyone. They even look aggressive( more so than they can be) these dogs do need a firm hand, though because they tend to a dominant dog.
our austrailian shepherd barks at anything that moves. she's taught our lab/husky todo the same! so loud lol! but i feel safer with her around than i did before we got her. i am sorry your house was broken into. that is very scary.
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I didn't mean to belittle your situation -- a burglary is still an awful violation of your space, and I'm sorry you had to go through it.
Look on the bright side: At least they didn't take anything of sentimental value. The jerks that broke into my parents' place took, among other random things, a ring of my dad's. Shortly before my grandfather died, he gave this ring to my dad (he was still a boy). There's no way those idiots could have have gotten more than a couple bucks for it.
BTW -- My mother suspected a kid in the neighborhood as the culprit, but had no evidence to back it up. I don't know how that may impact your decision on how to best secure your home. Good luck.
***Edited By: NoDogYet on 11/2/2007 7:09:48 PM*** Reason: add
Please do not take this wrong..but..the box the tv came in...where is it...or was it? My parents had an item stolen and we know who took it. It was one of the city garbage men... who had taken the box a couple of days earlier! (disc..matched him...and he quit his job with in the same time period) Now my parents.... burn thier boxes immediately!!!!!!!! That way also some one just driving or walking by..doesn't say.."oh they just got a...tv..etc." Just a little advise!
Obviously I would say Boxers. There are many dogs that 'fit the bill'. I guess it depends on personal preference. Boxers are EXCELLENT with children, but all they will do is intimidate, most are not aggressive enough to 'attack' even an intruder. Although some would.
Good luck, we have never had any break ins, but I am sure it must be extremely upsetting.
"Chances are if you were at home, they would have moved on to the next house."
That depends a lot on where you live. I'm from Miami, where they just change strategy from burglary to home invasion.
In my family's neighborhood everybody has an alarm system. It's important that you pay for central service monitoring, so realize that an alarm system is not only an up-front expense.
My family has an alarm system plus two loud mutts. The dogs only need to be LOUD when they hear a noise outside. We have had meter readers run out of our yard when the dogs, inside of the house(!), started barking. I don't think you need a specific breed or size, say maybe 45 lbs and up.
When I was working at a vet there was this decrepid old boxer named Pooh. The owners did everything for that dog, because a long while back when the wife was home alone an intruder broke in and attacked her. The dog bit the guy, sending him running, and he was later caught and positively identified due to the bite wounds.
We have a basset that has a bark of a St. Bernard. Many times when people have come to the door they are looking around trying to find the dog barking. I point at my tiny basset (38 lbs full grown) and they can't believe it.
I feel safe with her around due to her bark. As long as someone can't see it's her I think I would be alright. She really does sound fierce and ready to take your head off.
german shepards are good but stay away from anything not temperament tested and watch for a dog with too much drive. if you and your children cannot see the mom and dad . then do not buy the puppy. the puppies temperament will be the same as the parents.
Beauty is Nice. Peace of mind is Priceless!! Solid stable temperment is EVERYTHING!!
Personally i owned Dobermans and they can and WILL protect if needed. they are excellent with their family. LOVE their kids can be leary of strangers. need a firm consistant loving owner. ALL dogs MUSt be socialized with MAny people the first 2 years
Beauty is Nice. Peace of mind is Priceless!! Solid stable temperment is EVERYTHING!!
So sorry your home was violated. To say it's unsettling is a vast understatement. I also understand the "what if we were home" line of thought.
We live in an area that, like many communities, has seen a change, not towards improvement. We have the ADT alarm system, sign clearly posted and county permit on the door clearly displayed, with window stickers.
A friend of my daughter's is with 911 as a dispatcher. Several friends are with the sheriff's department. Imagine our surprise when the friend who the dispatcher called to tell us that a group who had been robbing homes in the area had cased our home for a hit.
They decided against it, not because of the clear warnings about the alarm system, but for 2 other reasons. 1)Those people have them big _____ed dogs and 2) Them people are crazy! Ok, I'll go with th crazy if it keeps us from being burgled or robbed.
As for the dogs, none of them would hurt a flea unless they were protecting their "flock", especially the kids. Heaven help anyone who even thinks about harming one of their kids!
Bear in mind, this breed will take on wolves, bears and mountain lions to protect their own. HOWEVER, this is not something we share with anyone outside the family. They are large, they bark and anyone who has asked has been told the truth, they are guardian dogs. Not my fault if they don't understand the difference between "Guard and "Guardian"!
A Pyr is not for every person though, the same as any other breed. They are stubborn, independent, love to roam, hence a Pyr off lead and not trained to sit/stay is know as a "Dog Gone" and (as part of their guarding tendencies) bark~ a lot, they shed a ton when blowing coat (dog's hair on one's clothing is a fashion statement) and if poorly bred can have a range of problems associated with the giant breeds.
In looking for a "Guard" breed to protect your children, your family, your home, you also have to consider the breed, the bloodlines and your life style as well.
If you bring in a breed you intended to protect that comes from a breed not known to be tolerant of children, comes from poor breeding and who is not properly trained and socialized, you may be putting your family at greater risk for harm and injury.
Hard decision. I hope they find the slugs who did this as well as the little snot who stole my wallet (and identity) from my purse, out of my desk drawer last Monday! Think all thieves and liars should have a big "T" or "F" in the center of their foreheads so we'd all be forewarned~
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful".