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How would your pooch react to an intruder?
CBS ATLANTA ^ | Nov 12, 2012 | Jeff Chirico

Posted on 11/12/2012 6:03:49 PM PST by Daffynition

ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

How much faith should you put in Fido?

CBS Atlanta News conducted an exclusive experiment to see if dogs would protect their homes from a would-be burglar.

Some fight. Another flees. And one gets carried out the front door.
 
Our subjects include the following dogs:
 
Calico is a Brittany Spaniel who weighs 38 lbs. Find out how Calico reacts to the intruder here.

Bindi is an English Staffordshire Terrier who weighs 29 lbs. Find out how Bindi reacts to the intruder here.

Star is a Papillon mix who weighs 10 lbs. Find out how Star reacts to the intruder here.

Roxie is a Rottweiler who weighs 82 lbs. Find out how Roxie reacts to the intruder here.

Kevlar is a German Shepherd who weighs 100 lbs. Find out how Kevlar reacts to the intruder here.



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1 posted on 11/12/2012 6:03:50 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

My small dogs bark at everything outside. I hope they would alert to an intruder.


2 posted on 11/12/2012 6:07:41 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: Daffynition

I have a 10lb maltepoo and his 4 lb daughter. Both would raise hell, but both like people too much and would probably be carried out. My boy MIGHT bite, but how much damage would he do?


3 posted on 11/12/2012 6:08:16 PM PST by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: Daffynition

Without even watching, I bet I know the answer.

:)


4 posted on 11/12/2012 6:09:12 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Daffynition

Have two shelties here . . . I’d think they’d bark their heads off . . . like they do for the quarterly bug man, and others who enter our home or descend upon our front steps. They serve as my alarm . . . then I’ll grab my gun.


5 posted on 11/12/2012 6:09:48 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: Bronzy
Only thing our Lab has goin' for him is he's *big* and *black*, and he too, barks at any activity outside the house.


6 posted on 11/12/2012 6:11:34 PM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Daffynition

Are they bringing bacon as an offering? Venison? Smoked Squirrel? Stewed woodchuck?


7 posted on 11/12/2012 6:12:09 PM PST by Paladin2 (.)
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To: Daffynition

If the intruder were quiet, then my Goldendoodle wouldn’t wake up. If he did, then the intruder better be ready to deal with some serious licking!


8 posted on 11/12/2012 6:13:49 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Never Underestimate the Power of Evil or Evil Doers)
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To: Daffynition

Could the experiment be flawed if the burglar does not exhibit anxiety or hate while committing the crime? Don’t dogs pick up on the demeanor of a person to determine if they pose a threat and react accordingly?


9 posted on 11/12/2012 6:14:11 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: Daffynition

My parents had this old mutt for around 15 years. He was half German Shepherd and half mutt. He was the most easy going dog I have ever seen.

I can remember my two year old daughter ordering him around and he immediately cowered with his head between his paws. I can remember some of my nieces and nephews playing with him and he would let them literally cover his coat with spanish moss without even shaking it off until they went away.

One day two of my Mother’s Sisters stopped by to visit but my parents happened to be gone. One of them needed to use the bathroom so they went to the front door.

They later told Mother that the dog got between them and the door and absolutely would not let them approach it. He growled and barked and generally acted vicious.

That really surprised all of us.


10 posted on 11/12/2012 6:14:44 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Daffynition

They originally did this study with assistance by the local police department. Unfortunately, the dogs’ reactions were not measurable — the cops shot the dogs as soon as they entered.


11 posted on 11/12/2012 6:14:53 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Global Warming is a religion, and I don't want to be taxed to pay for a faith that is not mine.)
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To: Daffynition

My Springer would bark her head off while they are outside and want to curl up in their arms when they made it inside. Watch dog, not a guard dog.


12 posted on 11/12/2012 6:15:40 PM PST by needmorePaine
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To: Daffynition

More worried about how a damn cop intruder would react. They shoot all furry moving things.


13 posted on 11/12/2012 6:16:19 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Daffynition

Bring a sausage and mine will shake hands.


14 posted on 11/12/2012 6:16:42 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Daffynition

The German Shepherd was a total coward.I have a German Shepherd that I would like to loan them if they want to rerun the test.The intruder might want to look for a helmet with face shield before meeting Hannah.


15 posted on 11/12/2012 6:17:31 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Qwackertoo

Exactly.


16 posted on 11/12/2012 6:18:06 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Daffynition

In his latter years, my Dad had a big, tough looking German Shepard. I thought somewould would have to be crazy to break in with that thing around. And one day, in the middle of the night, someone did.

The dog did absolutely nothing.


17 posted on 11/12/2012 6:18:14 PM PST by rbg81
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To: Daffynition

My dog definitely reacted to Kevlar’s barking (the German Shepherd). Unfortunately, I think he would react to an intruder the same way Kevlar did. “Can I help you carry anything out? Got any treats?”


18 posted on 11/12/2012 6:19:19 PM PST by JustaCowgirl (Revolutions are not born out of success, they are born out of despair)
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To: Daffynition

When my neighbor goes away from town we walk her dog for her. She gives us the key to her place so we can fetch him. If we let ourselves in we have to hunt all over the house until we find him, usually sleeping on a bed. Now we ring the bell and he comes running down barking up a storm. So if the burglar was quiet the dog would be pretty much worthless.


19 posted on 11/12/2012 6:19:31 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Daffynition

My little Maltese barks at anything. We’ve changed her name from Clio to Doorbell. My Siberian Husky (mostly an outside dog) looks like a wolf and growls at every stranger that nears our door. She has never attacked anyone, but I think she would if provoked. Between the two of them, I feel protected.


20 posted on 11/12/2012 6:20:25 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Daffynition
LOL. My Lab always picked up her baby (toy) to run to the door. Or, sniff the backside of anyone in the yard. That always made utility workers jump.
21 posted on 11/12/2012 6:21:49 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: Daffynition

Too bad Australian Cattle Dog is not on the list. Our one is especially aggressive towards any stranger, and always barks at anything in the range of her senses.


22 posted on 11/12/2012 6:22:55 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Farmer Dean

My Dad’s German Shepard was absolutely useless. It didn’t bark at the intruders. It only started barking when he scuffled with the intruders, but did nothing to really protect him.


23 posted on 11/12/2012 6:24:08 PM PST by rbg81
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To: Daffynition

Our Shih Tzu might bark a little, but she considers every visitor to be a new best friend so she’d probably roll over on her back for a tummy scratch.


24 posted on 11/12/2012 6:25:35 PM PST by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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25 posted on 11/12/2012 6:27:51 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Daffynition

I have a black lab that weighs in at about 120 lbs, he loves people and when you look at him he smiles. It is creepy and freaks out strangers, he wags his tail and bares his teeth at the same time, kind of a silence of the lambs thing.


26 posted on 11/12/2012 6:28:46 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Daffynition

We were burgaled a few years back. We had our small beagle/basset mix in the back part of the house with the doors closing off that part of the house. She’s a small dog with a big bark and the burglars didn’t enter that part of the house.


27 posted on 11/12/2012 6:31:33 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Daffynition

Years ago I read an article on guard dogs and hope it was not an Urban Legend. Some guy saw a German Shepherd for sale - CHEAP - in a local classified.

Intrigued, he visited the owner, who ran a small country general store. The owner had been burgled a couple of times and bought a “vicious” German Shepherd to guard the place at night.

Sure enough, one night a buglar broke in and ransacked the store. The dog slept through the whole thing.

When the Sheriff came to investigate, the dog woke up and bit him.

Hence the low sale price.


28 posted on 11/12/2012 6:33:05 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Daffynition

LOL, Kevlar the Shepherd is a big baby!

We don’t have a dog, but my sister-in-law had a gorgeous German Shepherd for protection. He was trained in the Schitzhund (sp?) method. He would likely have killed a real intruder.

With family, though, he was a sweetheart. I miss that dog.


29 posted on 11/12/2012 6:33:22 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: dangerdoc
"bares his teeth at the same time"

Showing some tooth as part of the Happy Smile is not big deal. It's when the lips are retracted and the hair rises that it becomes a concern (like my part Chesapeake).

My Black Lab has big white teeth (that's all they can see, 'cause NO light is reflected by the dog) that scare folks (who obviously don't know Labs) when she smiles the Happy Dog Smile.

30 posted on 11/12/2012 6:34:03 PM PST by Paladin2 (.)
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To: Daffynition

I don’t know how our dogs would react. Our newer dog is a chow mix but she’s pretty cautious and I would not put it past her to at least bark and growl. Whether she would bite I don’t know. They alert to anyone walking by the house. Our Rottie/GSD mix is big and intimidating but he wants to be everyone’s friend. He did growl at someone he saw approaching the front door. How he would act once they were in the house I don’t know. The problem with pets is often they are reprimanded against barking or growling at anyone in your home, so unless they are trained, they aren’t likely to do anything to anyone once they’ve entered the home IMHO.


31 posted on 11/12/2012 6:36:03 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: Daffynition

My wee angels? They bark, but that’s it. Not a bit of threat to anyone, ever.

Of course I’m the one with the trigger finger.

We make a good team.


32 posted on 11/12/2012 6:37:03 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (John Winthrop's "City upon a Hill" just became a midden heap. Infested with rats and other vermin.)
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To: Olog-hai

I’ve read that about ACD’s, they’re on my list of possibilities if and when I get a dog.

For now, my cat rules the roost. And she is one heck of a guard cat, too! Some workmen were fixing the electicals on the side of the house once, as soon as they got near the porch she turned into a snarling, yowling monster. Which was quite a surprise, because she’s usually such a people-cat.


33 posted on 11/12/2012 6:37:11 PM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: rbg81

It’s always a question of getting the right dog.I tell the breeder what kind of personality we want,and so far he’s provided the right dogs.The parents have always been Schutzhund rated,their offspring have had what it takes.


34 posted on 11/12/2012 6:37:37 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Daffynition

My poochies(Nemo-half Pomeranian, half maltese) would bark like crazy, then flip over for tummy rubs..Maxie(Pure bred Shih tzu) would just bark but do nothing


35 posted on 11/12/2012 6:38:05 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Paladin2
Photobucket This is my dog Chloe's "happy dog smile".
36 posted on 11/12/2012 6:44:25 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Daffynition

My dog Goober treats each doorbell ring initially as possible fresh meat and if she doesn’t recognize you, you probably will be!


37 posted on 11/12/2012 6:44:43 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: Daffynition
Don't come near my home uninvited ... Unless you've got BACON!


38 posted on 11/12/2012 6:48:32 PM PST by Baynative
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To: visualops

“The problem with pets is often they are reprimanded against barking or growling at anyone in your home, so unless they are trained, they aren’t likely to do anything to anyone once they’ve entered the home IMHO.”

My dogs, two shelties, continue barking until I tell them NO BARK. When they bark, whether it be thunder, or a package left on porch with bell being run, or whatever, they usually will not stop until I get up, go look and tell them it is ok and good little guard dogs. :)

That said, I hope I never have to find out. I spend a lot of time at home alone these days, I’m a SAHM, so I love having them and they give me a bit of a sense of security, not as much as my various guns do, but again, hope I don’t have to use them. I will though.


39 posted on 11/12/2012 6:50:41 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: All

I know right now what would happen. My Shiatsu-Yorkie mix would yap her ass off till they got in, the 60 pound border-collie/lab would not bark would lick attack and then show them where the silver was.

Like others I count on he little one waking me then I grab my bedside gun.


40 posted on 11/12/2012 6:52:01 PM PST by USAFJeeper (Who Dat Nation - Loving the Manning Face!)
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To: mylife
Bring a sausage and mine will shake hands.

He's thinking, 'Got a link?'

41 posted on 11/12/2012 6:54:13 PM PST by Ken H
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To: Daffynition
We used to have a German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix who was very protective of the family. Generally well socialized so he interacted well with other people, but if he thought one of us was in danger, he went into protective mode.

If someone broke into my house and we were home, and that person threatened any one of us, no doubt in my mind that dog (Jerry) would've protected us.

Jerry died 6 years ago, and now we have a Labradoodle (hey, he was a shelter dog, we got him for free and he's a great dog.) The only problem with this dog is, he's a lover - not a fighter.

Someone breaks into my house, this dog will show them where all the good stuff is! I swear it's true.

Unfortunately after I shot them dead for breaking in, I still wouldn't have the heart to shoot the dog.

42 posted on 11/12/2012 6:54:37 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Daffynition
My Dog will just spin in circles, roll over, and want you to scratch her stomach... Pugs;cute, but not good guard dogs!

43 posted on 11/12/2012 6:57:32 PM PST by Lilpug15 (The Forgotten Man: He works, he votes and he generally prays - but He Always Pays": Sumner)
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To: Ken H

He’s a goof!


44 posted on 11/12/2012 6:59:32 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Daffynition; TheMom; humblegunner

Sunday the neighbor behind us was getting some limbs cut down and a worker was in the tree next to our fence. Our pit bull / red heeler mix went out the doggie door with his fur standing up from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.

I guarantee if that guy had fallen out of the tree he would have been dead before he hit the ground. The rest of the dogs just barked.

However when guest show up PitStop is as happy to see them as he is to see us when we get home. He is as gentle as a lamb with the grand-babies too.


45 posted on 11/12/2012 7:02:20 PM PST by Eaker (Stripping Americans of their freedom and dignity and rubbing their noses in it is a very bad idea.)
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To: dangerdoc
I have a black lab that weighs in at about 120 lbs, he loves people and when you look at him he smiles. It is creepy and freaks out strangers, he wags his tail and bares his teeth at the same time, kind of a silence of the lambs thing.

My last dog, a German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix had what was called the 'Shepherd Smile.' When he 'smiled' it looked like he was snarling and ready to bite.

He'd wag his tail, come right up to you with that 'Shepherd Smile.'

I happened to love it when he did that. Folks who were just meeting him for the first time or service people who came to the house didn't have a clue and were terrified of him -- I liked it that way. :-)

One time some unsolicited salesman came to the door and was acting like a jerk. I whistled for "Jerry" to come running from where ever in the house he was. Sure enough, he came running with his 'Shepherd Smile' showing at which point I opened the front door and said "Get 'em!"

This jerk had no clue all Jerry wanted was to say hello and get a pet or two as he ran screaming down my driveway for his car. LOL!!!

I miss that dog. He died 7 years ago. Best dog I ever had, and I've had dogs all my life. Funny, every dog I've ever had has been great in their own way and they all have a special place in my heart. When I pray, I ask the Lord to send them to come get me "when my time comes." I miss 'em all.

46 posted on 11/12/2012 7:03:00 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

That’s it, my three dogs just advise when it’s time to get out the shotgun.


47 posted on 11/12/2012 7:03:06 PM PST by Quickgun (I came here screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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To: Daffynition

That’s a photo of your dog? What a beauty! I’ve never seen a black lab with such light colored eyes. Is that unusual?


48 posted on 11/12/2012 7:05:44 PM PST by This I Wonder32460 (Whiling away in Obamaville....in spite of my distress.)
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To: Farmer Dean

I agree. To make some stupid point they obviously picked wimp dogs.

They are welcome to try this at my house if they want a different outcome.


49 posted on 11/12/2012 7:08:26 PM PST by Eaker (Stripping Americans of their freedom and dignity and rubbing their noses in it is a very bad idea.)
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To: Bronzy
Photobucket This is Chloe having a good time in my yard. She is still a puppy. She is the worst one I have ever seen to chew everything she can get her teeth on.
50 posted on 11/12/2012 7:09:34 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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