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EscapeTheFate 12-18-2013 10:35 PM

A little too territorial of property?
 
Hi!

I live in Tuscany, Italy, in a small villa with acres of fields surrounded by gates. Lately, if any person strange to my dogs (mostly my male German Shepherd and male Dogue de Bordeaux) approaches the gates, my dogs will run to the gates, snarling, snapping, and barking at the person until they leave.

In one case, the person didn't leave, and my German Shepherd ran forward and leaped onto the person. He didn't bite, but pinned the person to the ground.

I'm getting a little worried, as my female dogs don't act this way. I'm worried because I have a 2 year old daughter in the area, and my 9 year old little sister. If my dogs mistake them once for an intruder, the kids could get hurt.

Is this a male-dog thing? Are they protecting their land, or themselves? Most days, my 5 males (A German Shepherd, Dogue de Bordeaux, Rottweiler, Neo Mastiff, and Cane Corso) will spend their time patrolling the walls, and growling anytime they hear a noise. My females (A GS, Rottweiler, and Maremma Sheepdog) just remain calm, watching them with confused expressions on their face.

I rarely have family come over, since I live with my cousins, sisters, and aunt and uncle. But when they do come, my grandfather was almost attacked by my male GSD until Cesare recognized his familiar scent.

So my question is....

Are my dogs being too territorial? Do I need to control them more, as in keeping them indoors or something. They are both out and indoors. Is there something that is bothering them? I get nervous, thinking somebody that could do harm to my family is out there.

MaggieRoseLee 12-19-2013 11:29 AM

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Originally Posted by EscapeTheFate (Post 4694522)
Hi!

So my question is....

Are my dogs being too territorial? Do I need to control them more, as in keeping them indoors or something. They are both out and indoors. Is there something that is bothering them? I get nervous, thinking somebody that could do harm to my family is out there.

Yes, because you have allowed them to be.

Untrained and with no guidance or instruction for who IS really a mass murdered or relative, our pups may just start guessing.

And, frankly, growling/barking and generally attacking is a bit fun....

Since it's not really up to my dogs to decide my parents are murderers..... but I'd rather have my dogs cue from me on who's coming up the path... I actually socialize and teach my dogs to look/listen/learn from me.

Fact is, I haven't been murdered EVER! Really, never :) But, instead, my dogs and I have met hundreds of great friendly or at least neutral people.

So I make it my 'job' to prepare my dogs for my real world full of good people they don't have to attack and pin to the ground. But instead greet in a friendly manner BECAUSE I'M CALM AND GREETING THEM THE SAME.

You able to find any trainers/classes in your country to start learning how to be the leader in your dogs life? That would be the fastest and easiest way to get a handle on this. In the meantime those dogs would not be out and allowed to freak everyone out.

Blanketback 12-19-2013 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by MaggieRoseLee (Post 4696642)
And, frankly, growling/barking and generally attacking is a bit fun....

LOL! Too true :D My dogs would LOVE to have free roam of the property, telling everyone they see to back right up and vamoose. Unfortunately, they'd also be telling the neighbors that they can't hang their laundry...that's not good.

You have to prevent them from doing this. My puppy would have also liked to chase cars - poor little guy didn't get away with that one either. Such a rough life, lol.

pets4life 12-19-2013 05:19 PM

its just how the dogs are they are suppose to be territorial what makes them good protection dogs

YOu need to make sure no one can get in the gates and properly introduce kids to the dog when you are around, and dont let them jump on anyone and pinn them, you have to make sure they listen and know what is right and wrong or else they will judge just like your shepherd did


Just put a lock on your gate so you can control who comes in and out


They seem to be stronger and MUCH more dangerous if they are out there with another dog they are bonded to, pack mentality or pair mentality i dont know what it is

EscapeTheFate 12-20-2013 10:51 AM

Okay thanks for the help, everyone!

Our nearest neighbors are 12 acres away, so not many people walk through. Where I live, there's not much modern technology, so people stroll through, greet us, and be on their way.

Sadly, our gates are wooden, no locks are possible. But I could try binding them with rope.

And unfortunately, I don't think there's any dog trainers in the area. Any other suggestions? Sometimes I walk to the city (we have no car), but that's miles away. And if I did go, there may not be a trainer, which would be pointless.

pets4life 12-20-2013 11:49 AM

bind it with a chain and bike lock and put a no tresspassing sign


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