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|02-15-2014 12:25 AM|
|Lauri & The Gang||Malinois are smaller than GSD but every bit as intimidating.|
|02-14-2014 05:53 PM|
|Harry and Lola||
Originally Posted by Cassidy's Mom View Post
|02-14-2014 04:12 PM|
Originally Posted by gsdemack View Post
|02-14-2014 03:38 PM|
Sounds like you have the daily 'pack sing along' at your house too.
Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
|02-14-2014 01:42 PM|
Sorry my title was meant to be
Is the standard breed size (bitch in my case) too small to be intimidating
|02-14-2014 12:35 PM|
Originally Posted by Gwenhwyfair View Post
|02-14-2014 12:23 PM|
I've just started dabbling in SDA training and most of the protection phase is based off of the dog's bark and intimidation ability rather than the actual bite.
The thing about dog fear is that if someone is inherently fearful of dogs (usually medium sized and bigger) or just fearful of a certain breed, the size makes no difference. And in general, people that do not fear dogs, will not fear any dog of any size if it is acting normally and civil. So unless that dog is either barking/growling/lunging, a person without a natural or environmental fear of dogs, will not be scared of that dog.
OP, I have a 55 lb female and an 85 lb male. Sure, he's more intimidating just walking down the street, but the people that are fearful of him, are also fearful of my female. It has nothing to do with size, and more to do with the fact that they're both GSD and are fairly large dogs (most people are not going to be scared of the smaller breeds).
|02-14-2014 11:52 AM|
Wasn't it your daughter and her very loud beagle that saved the day when she had a bad character at her front door?
I've got two full grown GSDs backed up by a soprano Aussie.
|02-14-2014 11:24 AM|
|Lilie||People find both my 35lb hard bodied Lacy and my 96lb hair ball GSD, intimidating. Each for different reasons.|
|02-14-2014 11:09 AM|
Agree, partly. Someone once said if a thief is willing to challenge or break into a house with a full grown GSD, he needs to be shot.
Having said that, in blue below, most property crimes are crimes of opportunity, thieves look for easy targets.
My parents house was broken into last year. After the break in, neighbors came by to console and support them. As they talked more then one person had observed a women who was not living in the neighborhood walking around. One of the neighbors did stop and question her, she told that neighbor she was 'looking for house cleaning work'.
They put two and two together and realized she was casing the houses for easy targets and they reported the information to the police who agreed.
My parents had no dog, no alarm, a private backyard with fencing and lots of shrubs. So they broke in through the back door, ransacked the place and ran.
Same with a client of mine. The people who broke into her house were caught and tried. She went to the trial and later asked the crooks why they chose her house, they responded "You can't see the house well from the street".
So they are *mostly* looking for easy targets.
I can see if you have something exceptionally valuable and one of the 'bad guys' knows it's in your house then ....yeah... your scenario can hold true but the stats (and my LEO friends) show that most of the time bad guys will pass by the house with large barking dogs (often even a small yapping dog is enough).
A friend of mine who was special OPs military and then went on to be a high ranking police officer in a large metro area said that too many people don't pay attention to having a good 'defensive zone' around their houses, keep shrubs trimmed, strategically placed lights and other steps to deter property crime.
Originally Posted by Alwaysaworkingdog View Post
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