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post #1 of 75 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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What would your GSD do if someone walked in unannounced at night?

What would you say is a "normal" reaction, from a balanced dog, in the following scenario?

You and your family are in your basement, sound-proofed home theater.
Your dog is loose, and resting in his crate, upstairs.

A close relative (doesn't know the dog) sees your vehicles in your driveway, assumes you're home, rings the bell, and walks right into your home.

Would your dog attack and / or bite?
Would it just bark and do nothing more?
Would it do nothing?

I'd like to know what your dog would do?

What would you consider "appropriate?
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post #2 of 75 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 05:15 PM
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i don't think my dog would do anything. i would have to set it up
to know for sure. what did Kira do?
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post #3 of 75 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 05:20 PM
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If it was a non threatening stranger at night who just walked into my house uninvited, Aiden and Penny would both bark and charge forward, but I am sure they wouldn't bite without any reasoning to do so.

If the stranger was threatening, Aiden may bite him. Penny would still bark but probably would never bite.
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A stranger? She would do a natural bark and hold. I've seen her do it during the day. If she knew them? She would wiggle all over them for butt scratch.

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When Lucky was alive there were maybe 3 non-family members that could walk into the house safely without being let in by one of us.

Anyone else? No, including blood relatives. My family doesn't come to visit us because it is too expensive, we are expected to spend the money to go visit them in Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia.
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I don't know if Lila is a normal balanced dog or not, but she would bark like crazy. She would not bite. She barks when anyone comes into the house. I would consider this reaction normal and appropriate. I would also expect the relative, when faced with a large barking GSD would go back outside and ring the doorbell.

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post #7 of 75 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 05:28 PM
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Ruki would run up and wag his tail and lick them, but he is only 9.5 mths old. My ex-husband accidently let him outside and a man was over fixing the garage door and Ruki ran right up and greeted him enthusiastically.
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post #8 of 75 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 05:30 PM
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Let me give you my address and see.....lol

Seriously, I know my newfie would bark...and growl....if he heard you coming towards the door. Once inside....I don't think he would do much.

Stella...who knows... She has just recently started barking at things she hears when in the house.

I like what my newfie does. He is big and pretty intimidating when he barks and growls. He has this really deep deep bark. I would not be opening the door if I heard him.

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post #9 of 75 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 05:33 PM
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Bella would hide and stay asleep she the least protective dog I have ever had. I would like to think she would protect the house but that's just not her she's a wimp lol. Now if it were my dobe/boxer the house would be well taken care of. Who knows maybe Bella would surprise me if it really came down to it but I doubt it... Oh and I should probably add no barking no growl not a sound from her so she makes an awful watch dog lol but I love her..

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post #10 of 75 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 05:34 PM
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Stosh would definitely bark and probably hold as well. I doubt he'd let anyone venture very far into the house.
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