|04-14-2014 06:42 PM|
|rchjr2091||Great story !|
|04-10-2014 01:11 PM|
|04-09-2014 04:18 PM|
I was asked how I kept Zeus quiet while I was talking to the kid, presumably through the door when the kid returned and wanted a ride.
Zeus was left in the back yard throughout the whole incident but before I walked with the kids I armed myself and opened the back door so I could call Zeus into the house if needed. When I returned and started watching TV I left the back door open as I thought the kid would return. When he did and when he caused a ruckus at the front door Zeus alerted, came into the house, warning barked when he saw me agitated and then went full-bore vicious attack dog when he leaned down and spied the guy through the window banging on the door.
I didn't have to keep him quiet. He alerted to the sounds and got involved.
I was also asked if I called the police. I believe I mentioned this in the post but it was one of the alerted neighbors who called the rent-a-deputy when I explained to them what had happened. He deputy came, got a description of the kid, found him in the neighborhood, talked with him but didn't arrest him but came back and told the neighbors that the kid was on parole.
|04-09-2014 01:56 PM|
Just admiring the training.. Titan was a butthead yesterday with workers over even before they were in the house... quieted eventually but man on man do I wish he could jsut determine threat from not.. lol. Yay Zues!
|04-09-2014 01:00 PM|
|Redrider469||Glad you trusted your instinct and all worked out!!|
|04-09-2014 12:44 PM|
|Blanketback||LOL Whitney, same here - but then again, I doubt either one of us would be offering to walk the sketchy dude anywhere. So let the dogs bark on, right? I really love how GSDs take their property seriously. I know that they'd be the meticulous type too, if they could actually get involved with caring for the property. Lawn only just so long, nothing collecting in the eavestrough, immaculate paint jobs, perfectly trimmed hedges....sigh, lol. Good job Zeus!|
|04-09-2014 12:30 PM|
|wyoung2153||What a great story!! One of those feel good, justified stories... now my question... I wanna know how you got Zues to be quiet while you were talking at the door ot begin with.. LOL I was equally impressed with that part of the stroy|
|04-09-2014 03:01 AM|
I love this story. What is funny is that before I logged on here today and read this I planned on writing the same title about Gunther but I'm glad I didn't as his experience today does not even come close to yours. I was proud of Gunther today because as we sat outside, 2 neighborhood kids rode their bikes into our driveway (we have a long driveway for the city). The children were about 12-13 year old, and no threat and Gunther did not act aggressive at all. The second child stopped his bike halfway up the driveway without even knowing there was a dog but the first child came all the way up to the garage. I think he was just curious about the old vw van in our driveway, no big deal. However Gunther lets his presence be known when people enter the driveway. What I was proud of was that he did not charge the fence. He stood about 2 hedges away from me and barked, then turned and looked at me to make sure I saw them. I called him to my side, he came to me and watched them ride off. (poor kids rode off faster then I've seen before) I did not reward or punish Gunther's behavior as I felt he reacted perfectly appropriately. He let me know of strangers on the property, did not treat it as a threat, and came to my side instantly when called and stopped barking. Some might say I should discourage him from barking at children, but he does not bark at children or adults walking on the sidewalk. Only when they come all the way to the gate. I was pleased with his behavior.
But more importantly, I feel your pride for Zeus. Personally I would have taken Gunther with me on the walk, but I'm glad it worked out for you. One question, did you call the police anyway? I would have, just in case the teen targeted someone a block or so over. Not saying you did anything wrong, just curious.
|04-08-2014 10:49 PM|
|DonnaKay||Sounds like Zeus gave that kid a real coming-to-Jesus moment. Good boy! There really is no breed that compares to GSD.|
|04-08-2014 10:38 PM|
Great story, great breed! I have had numerous similar experiences through the past 45 years of my adult life, especially during a couple decades of living in a neighborhood where crack cocaine gradually flooded the area. I shared a house with two sisters and 4 young nieces/nephew, and our house was the only one never broken into--thanks to my GSDs. Recently, in a much better neighborhood, my rescue/rehomed GSD former brood bitch, who's been with us only four months, showed her true mettle and stopped what I feel was an attempt to get into our house, which had been vacant for a while before we moved in. Jade is fine-boned, not over 65 lbs., but when she is in full fighting mode, her longish, fine black coat bristles from the back of her head down to her tail, her snow white teeth gleam, and she leaps at the door, looking twice as big as she really is. She is one of the most intimidating dogs I have had, and I have no doubt she would back up her show with real action if necessary. The man who had no business trying to get inside our house fled like a little girl.
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