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Re: My Personal body guard!

Postby Syn » Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:06 am

I am so pleased with my dogs instincts to keep us safe, though I have to watch as it has proven she will go after people , other dogs, will take on wildlife and removed a black bear from my chicken coop last night . So I do have to watch that I am not careless thinking she will be okay with people , anywhere, because she has snapped into defensive mode . I made the mistake in the past saying she was okay with people and dogs, well selectively . So now I more careful.
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Re: My Personal body guard!

Postby Zana » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:38 am

Just a note. I used to breed and show StBernards. One of the breeds in their past are Tibetan mastiffs. You are right about them being mushes with the family but very protective. My Saints seemed to have limits though. One day friends came over and our two daughters were fighting over a toy. The other Dad stepped in and grabbed each girl by the wrist. My saint stepped in quickly and grabbed the arm that was holding our girls wrist. She was gentle but firm and as soon as he let go so did she. I was pleased with her response. If they are like saints though they won’t guard your stuff. Only if you are in it like your truck.
The reason I wore though is with pups we removed back dewclaws early. The way we could tell they harkened back to Tibetans was that some had back double dewclaws. Hope your pup has had them removed. They are fleshy enough that if they catch on something and rip the dog can breed out. Enjoy him!
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Re: My Personal body guard!

Postby Zana » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:40 am

I didn’t proofread well. I meant to say the dog could bleed out.
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Re: My Personal body guard!

Postby HopeImReady » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:50 am

I just wanted to pipe in that Dobermans are/were specifically bred to be personal protection dogs. You don't need to train them that way (although it is essential to train them in obedience, like any dog), it's their natural instinct. They are indoor dogs and will only protect property if it's their space or you/family that is threatened. I have a dobie, and they are very intelligent, great with kids, don't shed much, and most are friendly yet observant. The only things are that they are short-haired, so not hardy for our winters, and there are some health problems that run in the breed that could cause issues over long-term SHTF.
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Re: My Personal body guard!

Postby farmgal » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:38 pm

I have to agree with Hope I am ready, I have a girlfriend that has a very active farm/family/small children/often has farm gate sales coming and going and I have found over the past ten years that her Doberman's have proven to be outstanding farm dogs, learning how to move stock, being good with newborns, good guard dogs that back folks up and warm up quickly once their mom says its all good and then still back you up the next time..

I have known two of them since puppies now with a third up and coming and even though they cuddle and adore me.. even I needed to lead them into their side yard, close the gate and then go into the house area when my friend was not home, and not just walk in.. because without her telling them, I am good.. I would be leary about going in.. but I have been taught their commands and they do listen to me.. just better safe then sorry as they say.

They do require boots and coats in winter but they are game and smart.. they will be up on that hay bale to keep their feet out of the cold and wet in a flash.. but sadly yes, they seem to die very very young to me from cancer.

She does have livestock guard dogs that live with the flocks and herd's as well outside full time. I personally like my herding dogs still but I will admit that I have learned to admire her chosen breed as well.
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