|03-03-2014 01:06 PM|
My GSD did defend me when push came to shove: someone broke into my home and came inside while I was home alone. He did a "bark and hold" and he has never been to Sch/IPO training. He never bit the person, but the person never gave him a chance as he ran out the door after he realized my dog meant business. Not even ten minutes later, he was happily allowing the cops to give him scratches and belly rubs.
My first GSD was all about the protection factor. It wasn't aggression, it was just truly protection. He was the only dog I've owned that I truly feel would have bitten someone if the intruder gave him the chance.
Here's the rub. I do not expect my dog to protect me...I am here to protect him. I like the fact that he will protect me and can discern a real threat (weird, sketchy guy that was hanging around my house) from the UPS guy delivering a box, but defense is not what I expect from him. I expect him to bark at the weird, sketchy guy and give me enough warning that I can call 911...anything after that is a bonus.
|03-03-2014 11:37 AM|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Very nice, and nice looking dog too. Thanks for sharing.|
|03-03-2014 09:30 AM|
|glowingtoadfly||Oh good, another Gildafer.. I'm kind of the home for troubled teens so I don't think my experience is typical lol.|
|03-02-2014 09:48 PM|
I have a son from Blaise vom Gildaf by another breeder. He's super ball driven, has great handler focus, and is a powerhouse of speed. If the closest Sch club wasn't 6 hours (one way) from us I def would have tried getting him involved. When the time comes for me to look for my next shepherd I will be start by checking Gildaf litters first. I can't speak to the others as I have no experience with them.
Sounds like you've narrowed it down to some great choices though. Best of luck!
|03-02-2014 05:47 PM|
|meldleistikow||I know from what my neighbors and family have told me that my dogs (especially Dude's) bark is very different and more ferocious when they have come to our house when we weren't there. They have said that it is much scarier than when we are home and they bark at the door. I guess that means that they are being more protective, but I hope it never gets tested. In fact, if I am not home and someone breaks in my house even after they see two barking German Shepherds, I hope my dogs run and hide so they don't get hurt. If someone breaks into my house with big dogs barking at them, they probably have a gun and are going to shoot your dogs, or they are crazy. My house is full of things. Things are replacable, my dogs are not. You could never really know until it happens.|
|03-02-2014 03:22 PM|
Staatsmacht, Gildaf or Other MN, WI or IL Breeder?
It really depends on the dog, and what instincts they have inherently. I'm a firm believer that a dog that doesn't have it in them, wont have it in them. If they're selected to be trained in protection, then they obviously have the nerves to do it. Keep in mind that a German Shepherd is almost always a strong deterrent, just by sound / looks. Most people with bad intentions will more than likely NOT test out wether that large booming dog is going to greet them or eat them.
My working line male has the temperament of a golden retriever but a lot of people cross the street when I walk him, ask if he's friendly, refrain from letting our dogs meet etc simply because he looks rather scary to the average person.
I know my father's GSD went through their front bay window when the post man tried leaving a box in the door way....
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|03-02-2014 03:03 PM|
|Greyhorse||I don't think it's nearly as simple as sport dog or not. I'm guessing that a lot of people who say their dog would for sure protect would be surprised when reality hits. My older dog, who has IPO3, put his head through a large window while I was away one day. Why he did that I'll never know, but I guarantee if there was a person there they didn't stick around too long It's far more important to me that they would protect me than the property when I'm not here. Would they? I hope I never find out!|
|03-02-2014 02:40 PM|
Thanks and one more question:
I appreciate all the advice. Its great to be able to tap into all these thoughts and opinions. I will throw out one more question to hear your thoughts: For those of you that have dogs that have matured (2+ years of age) do you think your dogs would protect your house, your car, etc. if they were in it and you were not around?
It's an interesting question in my mind because we talk about having a dog capable of doing work and being under our command, but what about when you are not around? I really want to know that my dog has the protective instincts and nerves to protect my family if/when I am traveling or if I leave the dog in my car that I don't have to worry about it.
I'm not talking about a dog that will bark so that most people will just leave well enough alone. I'm talking about an animal, that, when push comes to shove, does the most important job it can do and can discern what is real threat and what is not.
Is this the difference between a protection dog and a dog that is trained in sport?
|03-01-2014 07:52 PM|
This is a sister to the puppy gsdsar had seen. I just saw this girl training this morning. She was higher drive than the other female, which is why that guy got the other, but with good training she looks like this:
Really nice female!
|03-01-2014 07:30 PM|
|glowingtoadfly||High drive dogs are so much fun.|
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