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post #1 of 171 (permalink) Old 01-02-2012, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Do you think an untrained GSD will protect you?

I have heard both, I personally think that an untrained GSD will protect you if you are in trouble. I am not saying that all GSD's have that protective instinct. All dogs are different. I also want to hear why or why not if you have the time. And of course you can tell of personal incidents where your dog has protected you.
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Not to sound like a Congressman, but it depends on your definition of "protect."


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I would think it would also depend on the dog.
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Not to sound like a Congressman, but it depends on your definition of "protect."
Yes, this.

Too many variables... At home? Yes, he will bark and look ferocious and if I didn't give him an "ok, thanks," the barking and posing would go on. Attack? No, I doubt that very, very much.
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Against an all out attack? No.
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Depends on the individual dog. Some would, some won't.
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If it's at night, absolutely. Daytime, probably not, but I haven't met any skeevy people in the daytime like I have at night.


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The GSD I had growing up did. She had no formal training but was very protective. Granted I was a child and she was very motherly. I think it has to do with the dog and most importantly your bond with the dog.
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Hachi & Bella are both barkers not biters LOL

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I've found out recently, Sasha "protects" mostly out of fear so I question her willingness to take on a true attack if her barking and lunging doesn't work like she wants it to. Strangely enough though, I really believe that my Cattle Dog would defend me to the death. This is the same dog that got hit by a car and jumped up and "attacked" the number before realizing that she was kind of sore She doesn't back down from much and is my constant shadow.

Probably just depends on the dog as well as their stability and nerves. My friends GSD (5 y/o male), untrained in protection, has attacked an intruder but he is confident and stable. Sasha, not so much....

Do you think age has anything to do with it? Older dogs more likely to follow through on a threat because their possibly more confident?
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