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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
metal - do NOT do this! (Where do you live?)
Best thing to do is get a lock for your gate to keep strangers out. Most dogs will only bark but not actually attack. Attack training focuses on building the dog's confidence so that they feel that they can take anybody on and win, beating up a dog will do the opposite, and that is make them feel defeated and weak, and they are less likely to engage, but more likely to run away, or barring that, they get so paranoid about being attacked that they will in a pre-emptive strike, attack and bite anyone that comes close to them - even family, friends, and little kids. This is a dog that will now need to be put down because it is unstable and dangerous.
It takes years of training to get a reliable protection dog, starting when they are young, building their confidence, socializing them to the world so they know to differentiate between a little old lady walking with a walker and a real-life threat, and giving them a solid and reliable obedience base so that they 100% respond to your commands.
A protection trained dog also needs rock solid nerves, and advanced obedience training. It takes a lot of training to get a dog there, and they are trained to engage on command - you don't want to be out with your dogs and they make decisions on their own to bite someone - can you say: "I'm going to get my pants sued off me, and my dogs euthanized?"
Your best bet here is to put a lock on your gate, and get a more secure fence to keep people out.
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