Someone who is serious and has a weapon will shoot the dog. I have been a cop and handler for many years and we never knowingly deploy our dogs into a situation involving a weapon. They are a deterrent but not the answer if the crook is serious and armed and you might end up shot yourself
Sure if they really want to get you. However if they are just looking for an easy mark having a growling dog is a great deterrent.
Go back and read how OP was robbed already while
she had the dog with her. What's the new plan? Make the dog more aggressive so next time the perpetrator can shoot or harm the dog?
Here is the thing that makes me nuts about this board. You can all jump on and debate until the cows come home if it is good or bad thing to teach but hey how about answering the OP first and tell him how to do it.
Go back and read exactly what OP is asking. She wants to train her dog to behave aggressively and falsely believes that her dog's aggression will protect her from a robbery. People suggested getting a gun, mace or taser and her answer was that the robber will use force against her if she were to pull out of a weapon.
So what's the reasoning? Put the dog out there and hope for the best? Are you seriously advocating that the board members answer her question? You want those of us that participate in protection sports to start giving her tips on agitation and aggression? Sure, I can give her tips on how to get her dog lunging and barking. I know how to agitate a dog into that type of behavior. But what kind of ethics is that? If the members on this board feel that her plan has serious logical flaws and don't wish to contribute to the fruition of that plan, why should they answer her?
Let me give you an example. Back in college, I worked as a student liaison in health services. One day, I had a girl come in and start asking odd questions about starvation and weight loss under the guise of it being for a project. I realized that she was asking for ways to hide her developing eating disorder. I immediately reported her to student services.
Now, should I have answered her questions? Was I being judgmental by not doing so? No. I took an ethical stand and refused to take part in her thinking.
My way works ok but others might have some better ideas and I'd love to hear those ways as well. Lets give the OP some real advise mixed in with the debate.
We are lucky enough to have a police officer on here contributing to this discussion, and she
is telling OP that this isn't a good idea and to find other ways to protect herself. OP would be well advised to listen to Renee.