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06-04-2014 10:15 PM
Chip18 Best advice is still get a dog that has been there done that! GSD or MAl pretty much end of story!

But since I basically threw Boxers under the bus! There is potential in them! The American lines... ugh NO. They are my true love however. But the Euro Boxers are a whole norther world! The Boxer guys try and convenience me that the Euros are indeed "goofy." But sorry I'm not buying!!

I present Cliff Bachvett!
Cliff vom Grand Kevin
06-04-2014 08:42 PM
Yoshi
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My gander gets quite nasty during breeding season, he'll hiss and carry on at you if you get close to the nest, but he's all bluff--all you have to do is bend down like you're going to pet him, and he runs away. Just don't turn your back on him! Even during nesting, the girls are quite tame--they were hand-raised and will allow you to pet them.
That there, pretty much describes my gander. All bluff, unless he attacks other animals. When he gets really nasty I just give him a hug and he usually stays fairly quite.

That's such a sweet photo. Love the Sebastapols but I couldn't find any close-by so settled with the Pilgrim goose instead.
06-04-2014 11:05 AM
Chip18
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I love Boxers, but I can't imagine them being a good protection dog. They seem too playful, goofy and are to easily distracted imo. I've never owned one, but that is my impression of the breed.
Aww yeah!
06-04-2014 10:51 AM
Freestep
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Ganders can be very intimidating, but the girls can be just as scary too! I remember going to one of the neighbor's farm to catch a few babies from their feral goose flock, so we could raise them to eat and ZOMG, they were really into it! Having a flock of geese after you is scary, but yeah, it was fun dodging them.

My pair of geese that I have now are fairly tame though, but only to me and a few people. You really just need to show them who's boss.
My gander gets quite nasty during breeding season, he'll hiss and carry on at you if you get close to the nest, but he's all bluff--all you have to do is bend down like you're going to pet him, and he runs away. Just don't turn your back on him! Even during nesting, the girls are quite tame--they were hand-raised and will allow you to pet them.

Still, most people are terribly intimidated by geese, which to me is hilarious. Many people weren't afraid of my 130-lb Akbash dog, but wanted to make sure the geese were put away before coming into the yard!

Still, I find them cuddly. Ours are Sebastopol geese, which are known for gentle temperament.
06-04-2014 12:55 AM
MustLoveGSDs
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Donkeys are good too. Never getting on a property without a donkey going off!!!


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I had to restrain, get blood, do injections, get a stool sample, and clean hooves on donkeys on my farm rotation when I was in school. I know exactly what you speak of...
06-03-2014 08:14 AM
blackshep Where I used to ride, my dressage trainer had a pond we'd cool the horses out walking around, and we all lived in fear of 'Papa Goose'. This big Canada Goose who lived there, that thing would chase us and our horses, we were terrified of it! lol
06-03-2014 06:36 AM
Yoshi Ganders can be very intimidating, but the girls can be just as scary too! I remember going to one of the neighbor's farm to catch a few babies from their feral goose flock, so we could raise them to eat and ZOMG, they were really into it! Having a flock of geese after you is scary, but yeah, it was fun dodging them.

My pair of geese that I have now are fairly tame though, but only to me and a few people. You really just need to show them who's boss.
06-01-2014 10:47 PM
Juliem24
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Years ago I used to train with a renowned dressage trainer who more often than not had millions of dollars worth of horseflesh in his barns at any one time. He entrusted guarding those horses to a large flock of geese. Never had a moment's worry. I know when a friend and I trailered horses down for lessons once a week, we would always check to see where the geese were before we got out of the car!

Susan
I have scars on my butt from the neighbor's gander. I hated that thing, but the property was protected. That hissing thing still scares me!
06-01-2014 06:45 PM
CharlieB.Barkin
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Plan on adding a Boxer/American Bulldog as a third dog. Although as I have learned on here the Johnson American Bull Dog looks like a massive stocky Boxer?? So I'm still processing that myself.
I love Boxers, but I can't imagine them being a good protection dog. They seem too playful, goofy and are to easily distracted imo. I've never owned one, but that is my impression of the breed.
06-01-2014 02:59 PM
gsdsar Donkeys are good too. Never getting on a property without a donkey going off!!!


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