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01-25-2013 10:38 AM
KatsMuse We just had another thread on this subject:

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...otect-you.html

Maybe you'll find some answers there.

Kat
01-25-2013 08:22 AM
skew12
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Originally Posted by RowdyDogs View Post
It does depend on the dog, but the only way you can count on your dog to protect you is with training. Otherwise, you're just guessing. Just like with people...some freeze up in frightening situations, others spring into action, and you'd never know who was who by how they act in day-to-day life. It's why police officers and soldiers get so much training, much of it geared towards functioning in stressful or life-threatening situations. Every animal, humans included, needs a lot of training to know for sure that they can overcome their natural fight-or-flight response and react appropriately.
I can agree with this.
01-25-2013 03:30 AM
Safzola : happyboogie: "WOW" thank you all so much
01-25-2013 02:02 AM
codmaster
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Originally Posted by Muneraven View Post
It does depend on the dog.

It is best to get the dog some training if protection is a priority for you.

That said, you never know. MY first dog, Noah, was very much a one-woman dog but he never growled at anyone else. Then one night a man tried to take the screen off my open window to get in. I was just 19 years old and was asleep. I lived alone and didn't even have a phone yet. Noah turned into a growling, screaming I KILL YOU machine. I had no idea he had that in him! He scared the guy off.

How did you react to him afterward? new respect? A little fear or did you think that your guy was still the same dog and just as cuddely?

I have seen that reaction in some folks when their dog "acts like an animal".
01-25-2013 02:01 AM
codmaster
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Originally Posted by Safzola View Post
would our GSD protect us if we were attacked , or would it have had to have professional training. answers please

A normal GSD with a good, (standard!) temperament most assuredly will do their best to protect their "pack" - esp., in my experience, the kids if any, in the family.

Not to say that today, many GSD's will probably look to their owner for defense to a threat (have seen WAY too many such GSD's actually hiding behind their owner if threatened).

For example, we were in an OB class a while ago and we had the dogs off lead one at a time doing a recall.

A friend had her GSD doing it when the dog (2yo male GSD) happened to wonder toward another dog in the row waiting their turn, and the owner of that dog went loco thinking the GSD was threatening his Dobie (he wasn't even coming close at all), BUT the guy came charging at the dog yelling and waving his arms above his head.

I thought the GSD was going to wet himself and he ran back to his owner and got behind her. Bad temperament and would not protect her - if he wouldn't even defend himself.

With a normal adult GSD, I think that guy would have at least been stood up by the dog! And probably gotten himself bit (and would have deserved it in my opinion!)

But it was a good test of GSD temperament!

BTW, it was good for that guy that my dog (same age male GSD) was leashed and a few feet away from his stupid action - he roared to the end of his leash and gave the famous loud, stacatto barking and lunging display of a really pissed off GSD. He took the guys actions as a threat to me and to him and reacted.

My dog got quite a reaction from a couple of other handlers in the class! Then in 10 minutes or so he was back to his friendly sociable self.

I also told that guy that he was an idiot for reacting to an innocent dog like he did, and also that he might get himself bit if he trys it with the wrong dog!

But the point is that one really doesn't know how their dog will react until some situation comes up and you actually see it.

(Like with people in emergency situations as well!)
01-24-2013 11:47 PM
Muneraven It does depend on the dog.

It is best to get the dog some training if protection is a priority for you.

That said, you never know. MY first dog, Noah, was very much a one-woman dog but he never growled at anyone else. Then one night a man tried to take the screen off my open window to get in. I was just 19 years old and was asleep. I lived alone and didn't even have a phone yet. Noah turned into a growling, screaming I KILL YOU machine. I had no idea he had that in him! He scared the guy off.
01-24-2013 02:44 PM
RowdyDogs It does depend on the dog, but the only way you can count on your dog to protect you is with training. Otherwise, you're just guessing. Just like with people...some freeze up in frightening situations, others spring into action, and you'd never know who was who by how they act in day-to-day life. It's why police officers and soldiers get so much training, much of it geared towards functioning in stressful or life-threatening situations. Every animal, humans included, needs a lot of training to know for sure that they can overcome their natural fight-or-flight response and react appropriately.
01-24-2013 11:20 AM
KZoppa depends on the dog. In her day, Zena would have ripped your arm off given the chance if you threatened her mama! Shasta, not even close but I love her anyway.
01-24-2013 10:59 AM
Safzola
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Originally Posted by mandiah89 View Post
It all depends on the dog really... My GSD Diesel who passed would have taken a bullet for me... I remember walking downtown one night, and this group of "gangsters" started following a little too close to me and started whistling and what not towards me, I knew these guys were bad news and I started to tense up and Diesel could sense this and when one of them tried to grab my shoulder I screamed and thats when Diesel turned around and lunged at them heckles up, growling and barking at them, needless to say I dont think Ive seen a bunch of grown men look so scared and they took off so fast! Diesel never had any formal training, she wanted to protect me because of the bond we shared.
wow well done Diesel i bet that was scary
01-24-2013 10:34 AM
Marnie Some will. Loki was a very reserved GSD. He always seemed to observe but seldom barked or growled. My other dog was a collie and she barked at anything/anyone she wasn't familiar with. One evening we caught 2 men in the tack room of our barn. The collie trapped them in the tack room and stood at the door barking. Attempting to flee, one of the men kicked the collie. Loki was on the man in an instant, biting his hands and jumping at his face. Lucky for all of us, Loki allowed me to pull him off. I'm certain if it had been me the man kicked or hit, Loki would have reacted the same way.
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