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post #21 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 02:33 PM
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Yes I feel safer. I would definately not go hiking or riding my bike deep in the trails by myself, with all 3 dogs I have no problem heading out in the dark.

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post #22 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 02:39 PM
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Yes.
Right now I have a labrador, a great dane and a toy poodle.
The lab is a love bug, came from a neglect situation, the great dane is old and came from an abuse situation, and the toy poodle is your typical neglected yappy dog..... but the fact alone that they're there makes me feel safer.
I wouldn't expect my lab to protect me, I've seen the great dane show aggression towards certain people, before her health started declining... and the poodle...well, she'd maybe bit their shoe laces... but their presence makes me feel safer.
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Oh they sure do.

3 GSDs that are not particularly thrilled about strangers during walks (especially at night) is pretty intimidating. I walk often at night because of work and the weather here. During summer months it's just WAY to hot to go further then the end of the driveway. Although our neighborhood and general area is very nice.... it's not gated, and anyone can walk through. You never know who could show up one night.

For the most part, people usually avoid using even the same street as us. lol! If anything was to happen, I would at least have a warning to do what's necessary. I would protect my dogs first, but I know Duke would bite (probably wouldn't hold... but he would rip a good chunk out), Zira would freak out and probably just bark... or run away peeing herself. However, Storm lives for the fight, and the more you go at her... the more she fights back and the stronger her bites are. I have a feeling, as an adult... Storm will have no problem protecting and staying in the action.

Even without them doing anything, I feel they are a good deterrent. I don't understand why anyone would pick a fight with a person and 3 large GSDs. Joke would be on them anyways, I don't carry cash and I never wear any jewelery when I workout or go for walks. All they would win is a hospital stay. lol!

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post #24 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 02:53 PM
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Oh, and wanted to add... I usually walk at night with a friend of mine (Wild Wolf on this forum) and her dog Hunter.... so it's us two girls and our 3 German Shepherds..... yeah... people think twice... or three times for that matter.

Do you live near conestoga mall or fairview? Love the pic!

As for the question do I feel safer having gsd's. I know for a fact that Piper would not let anyone she didnt know into the house and if you are that unlucky someone coming unannounced into my home I wouldnt want to face my girl. I dont believe she would ever bite anyone but she sure looks like she would!( barking growling, hackles up, baring teeth) Zeus is a social butterfly and would allow anyone to come into the house. But I feel safe because i have two large gsds with me and know that alone would deter people from doing anything bad. I live out in the country and behind a cemetary so I dont think anyone would want to come to my house anways lol.

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LOL I live near Fairview - right near it actually.. lol.

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LOL I live near Fairview - right near it actually.. lol.
That's awesome..would be neat living so close to a mall..Sorry if I've creeped you out lol..I work in Kitchener at a vet clinic and am there 5 and a half days a week. Also used to live in Waterloo when I was a kid until I moved out by Innerkip/Bright area...Was just curious I love your pups..beautiful dogs

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No problem!

If you ever have Piper and wanted to do a walk or something let me know. Am always up to meeting other GSD owners!

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Yes my dog makes me feel safer, it is hard to sneek up on a dog at night. So a good warning system. She makes sales people go away fast though she only gives one alert bark and sits by me when I answer the door. They don't know the danger of all the licks they might get if she could get to them lol She is a people lover. Only once did she go crazy at my door when some man knocked and I did not answer because I trust her judgement and one time she really barked at a man walking down the street and this is in only times the year that I have had her.I am glad she does not bark at every pasery by but alerts when they come on my property.
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My one GSD is working line. The other day two fellas came to install my new HVAC. I was absolutely not thinking and let my two out to greet them. Off leash, Ziva would not do anything initially but hide behind me. However, Jethro took off at high speed and penned the one guy against the side of the house with his best Schutzhund bark. I swear he loves to see people jump! He is not Schutzhund trained but has seen dogs work. Note to self: do NOT allow my dogs to greet people off leash for awhile, especially if they are wearing cold weather coveralls, which could be mistaken for a bite suit.

My two are good about 'alerting' me to strange noises outside. Not the same as being 'yappy' at all.

Do I feel safer? Most definitely!

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post #30 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 04:28 PM
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I am very hard of hearing, so it was nerve wracking for me not having GSD's in my house. Grim still doesn't bark if someone's at the door, but the girls do. He just hangs there... and waits. I think that's more intimidating (for me anyway) and something my bitch used to do. He's always been more 'alert' on night walks, which I really like. Now that he's 'found his bark' it's even more fun, LOL! Nothing like a dark faced GSD barking at you. He has no fear, either. Even at just shy of 7 months, I feel MUCH safer with him here. The hotel on our one side is blocked by a tall row of bushes. The other side is nothing, especially after the hardware store down the way closes. Behind us is a UAW hall. So we're really isolated, and this isn't the best small town. However, I wouldn't hesitate still to walk him at night here. He's handler protective already...so my biggest fear is someone hurting him when he's trying to protect me. I hope we're never in that situation. Over all, though... yes. He makes me feel very safe.

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