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November 29, 2012

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Joel

I can't even get wild, ill-treated pit bulls stuck in kennels at the shelter to bite me, so this is hardly surprising.

I have two pit mixes at home. I would count on a lot of barking if a burglar were to approach the house, but if the burglar were to enter the home and let my dogs sniff him, my dogs would probably be perfectly friendly.

However, if I were attacked or accosted while walking my dogs, I do believe they would be aggressive with the perpetrator.

Erika

I've always taken these kinds of reports with a grain of salt, since I think people underestimate a dog's ability to sense our intentions. Dogs are pretty sensitive to our moods and body language, so I'd imagine the differences between a fake "thief" and the real deal would be enough for a dog to pick up on. One is actually somewhere they are supposed to be, and aware of the dogs' being there. The other is going to be on edge, and that tension is something a dog can sense.

Lynda Crawford

I'm sure my dogs would just bark. BUT, if I was being attacked, I know for certain my female Dane would protect me. This is really interesting!

Roberta Beach

The crucial component is no family members were home; were I home and sounded distressed, I have no doubt someone would react to help me (just how, I'm not sure). I once had an older Bluetick Coonhound go to the back door when a serviceman knocked; Harry plopped his butt down and howled like a banshee at the man - no way was he coming in but, I was at home. I have a laughable sign saying "premises guarded by Beagle" - all anyone would have to do was wave food at them and they would help them remove any valuables. very entertaining video.

Brent

Agreed Roberta. One thing I've always thought is that as long as a dog barks when someone is outside then the burglar would no doubt have second thoughts on entering the home as it would be just as easy to rob someplace else without taking a chance on what the dog might do. Particularly in my case because I'm pretty sure my neighbors have nicer stuff.

Randy

Good information. Thanks for posting. I don't think most people realize that a police dog for instance is taking its cues from the handler as to what a threat is. If you watch many K9 videos you can see the dog paying attention to the officer to get those clues. A domestic dog house pet which is used to being around people in most cases is not going to be able to make an independent judgement about what a threat is. And actually you don't want them too least some innocent gets hurt!

Jen Brighton

Playing catch-up with my favorite dog blogs after a month in Costa Rica where many dogs run free, unfortunately with all their parts intact. Of note, though, was the friendliness of the dogs and how they all seemed to get along with each other and mostly were indifferent to humans. Also of note is that German shepherds seemed to be prevalent. We spoke with one man who trains dogs for bite/protection work and his experience is the exact gist of this blog--that virtually no dog wants to bite or attack a human and must be taught to do so. He also mentioned that the pit bulls he knew were some of the friendliest. I guess pit bulls know no boundaries when it comes to spreading love, no matter what country they hail from.

In our month in CR, we saw two dogs on leash and about 50 roaming freely on beaches and roads. Of course, their lifespan is not as long due to lack of veterinary care, being hit by cars and some diseases they catch from the tropical climate.

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