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7/13/2013 10:06:31 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
uga1785
Dardanelle, AR
43, joined Nov. 2012


i have a dobie and a rott plus a pitt all 3 trained to protect my home. And unlock a gun when fired my dogs can stop in mid bite run. I dnt understand why more people dnt hav a properly trained k-9 over a gun. It mite have kept the tradgey in flordia from happening.

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8/22/2013 10:18:21 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
song_bird86
Over 4,000 Posts! (4,327)
Sparta, MO
31, joined Jan. 2008


I don't like guns so I would much rather have a protective dog over a gun. That being said, I don't want a dog that's gonna bark at the mail man every time he comes or will bark at the neighbor kids when they're out playing or come over to play because they don't "belong." Our Weimaraner does just that and I can't stand it. My son brought his friend over to play and the dog went nutso.

8/22/2013 10:34:25 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
cutelilkitkat
Ada, OK
29, joined Apr. 2013


I think more people don't have it because too many won't properly train their dogs. The dog ends up attacking a neighbor or a child and gets more punishment than the owner. If you are a responsible owner and you know what you are doing then I'm all for it...but some people shouldn't be allowed near dogs much less aggressive ones they can sick on people.

8/22/2013 12:54:19 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
cupocheer
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (286,639)
Assumption, IL
68, joined May. 2010


yep

8/22/2013 11:54:24 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
demonchaserdc
New South Wales
Australia
46, joined May. 2013


I have a English Staffy & a German Shepherd. Both seem to act like Big Sooks. But intact both have been trained as Watch/Guard/Protect animal.
They are friendly most of the time.
Unless a certain command is given.
Then They are in Protection mode.
I don't like or use Guns. But I am trained in Several Martial Arts, Bo/Quarter Staff fighting. As well as Sword, Battle Axe, Knife Fighting.
I am an Archer, using a Bow.
I also know how to throw Knives & Axes. Too.
Last time someone tried breaking in here. They lost an ear....
Taken off with a thrown Knife.
Then held to the ground by my dogs until the Cops arrived.

8/27/2013 12:35:19 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
rainyyy
Tahaneh ye Ney BastehKaiserslautern
Germany
45, joined Aug. 2013


BOTH!

8/27/2013 2:19:05 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
cupocheer
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (286,639)
Assumption, IL
68, joined May. 2010


The OP has deleted.

8/29/2013 1:24:55 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

mrpixel
La Puente, CA
40, joined Jan. 2011


I have both...

8/29/2013 11:39:39 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
cupocheer
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (286,639)
Assumption, IL
68, joined May. 2010


dead thread --- the OP has deleted

8/30/2013 6:12:30 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
anthonytra
Over 2,000 Posts (3,659)
Fort Worth, TX
40, joined Mar. 2013


(this post has been flagged as inappropriate, sorry.)

9/6/2013 10:29:35 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
anthonytra
Over 2,000 Posts (3,659)
Fort Worth, TX
40, joined Mar. 2013


Quote from jazzychick:
yeah...but, can you get homeowners' insurance?



Yes I have HOI and have never had a problem in that area, I live in Texas and everyone owns a pit of some kind.

9/7/2013 9:53:57 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

computercat
Rozel, KS
68, joined Aug. 2012


Quote from digitaldog:





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Digital Dog
And ALL my friends....



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9/8/2013 4:23:33 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
gsd_nz
Chahar Deh ye GhowrbandAuckland
New Zealand
67, joined Sep. 2013


mine is my german shepherd

9/9/2013 5:01:17 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
islandia8_2
Over 4,000 Posts! (5,219)
Tacoma, WA
52, joined Jun. 2013


I have never owned or touched a gun, however, I currently own five large dogs. They all look intimidating but 3 of them are special needs dogs. All are rescues.
My old Chow was the best guard dog I've ever owned. A wonderful breed with natural guarding instincts, a definite must for any single woman living alone.

9/9/2013 5:56:57 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
gsd_nz
Chahar Deh ye GhowrbandAuckland
New Zealand
67, joined Sep. 2013


you are lucky to have so many dogs.I have a samoyed and a gorgeous male german shepherd and i want to get a female shepherd one day,not for breeding.

9/10/2013 3:46:37 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
islandia8_2
Over 4,000 Posts! (5,219)
Tacoma, WA
52, joined Jun. 2013


Quote from gsd_nz:
you are lucky to have so many dogs.I have a samoyed and a gorgeous male german shepherd and i want to get a female shepherd one day,not for breeding.


Thank you. Being big dogs they do cost and and a leg to feed but they're well worth it since they came from sad backgrounds. I've found that rescue dogs seem to sense they were saved from bad backgrounds. Samoyeds are almost like Chows (one man dogs, loyal and protective).. My purebred white German Shepherd is huge but he suffers with severe epilepsy.

Good luck to you. You sound like a big hearted animal lover. As I said before on your blog: Kia ora.

9/10/2013 4:18:49 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
gsd_nz
Chahar Deh ye GhowrbandAuckland
New Zealand
67, joined Sep. 2013


I want to get a female shepherd but not for breeding,for the cuddles.I reckon female dogs are awesome for cuddling.Their coats arnt so rank as the males.My samoyed is a great cuddler and she loves people too

9/10/2013 4:30:18 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
gsd_nz
Chahar Deh ye GhowrbandAuckland
New Zealand
67, joined Sep. 2013


my first samoyed used to have fits too.My vet never did find out what caused them but it was horrible to watch

9/10/2013 2:31:07 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
jrupp0604
Over 2,000 Posts (2,666)
Stoughton, MA
68, joined May. 2011


My dog always has my back

9/13/2013 6:39:24 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
islandia8_2
Over 4,000 Posts! (5,219)
Tacoma, WA
52, joined Jun. 2013


Quote from gsd_nz:
my first samoyed used to have fits too.My vet never did find out what caused them but it was horrible to watch


Oh you are true about the dogs fits/seizures being horrible to watch. I feel so helpless and can only pet him and wait until he (Mr. Wolf) comes out of each fit. He's always disoriented and feels the urge to bite on something so I always have a snack with his epilepsy meds (4 Phenobarbital 30mg pills) stuffed inside his snack. My vet cannot diagnose why he has fits too. I feel for you having had to watch your first samoyed having seizures. It is truly a heartbreaking experience.

9/14/2013 12:29:04 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
islandia8_2
Over 4,000 Posts! (5,219)
Tacoma, WA
52, joined Jun. 2013


Quote from guitarz622:
It's really odd, and not a joke, but my cat is vicious. She growls like a dog and hisses at anyone she doesn't know, and some she does know. She's my security.


That's so cute. What breed is she?

9/14/2013 12:55:15 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
kristen587
Calgary, AB
27, joined Sep. 2013


I'm actually in BC right now for a Shutzhund competition with my dog. She is much better for home protection because she will bark to warn off intruders first and is a great companion all the time. I also have a gun but nobody would know that before trying to break in to my home and it's pretty usless just sitting in my drawer

9/14/2013 3:56:22 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
gsd_nz
Chahar Deh ye GhowrbandAuckland
New Zealand
67, joined Sep. 2013


my boy is a good watch dog as well.I dont show him at all.He is just my protector and best buddy

9/14/2013 5:43:24 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
islandia8_2
Over 4,000 Posts! (5,219)
Tacoma, WA
52, joined Jun. 2013


Quote from gsd_nz:
my boy is a good watch dog as well.I dont show him at all.He is just my protector and best buddy


Your boy is super handsome!!!!

9/14/2013 6:53:56 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
gsd_nz
Chahar Deh ye GhowrbandAuckland
New Zealand
67, joined Sep. 2013


thanks and i make sure he knows it every day.!!

9/14/2013 6:55:06 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
gsd_nz
Chahar Deh ye GhowrbandAuckland
New Zealand
67, joined Sep. 2013


Kristen what breeds are part of the Shutzhunds?



[Edited 9/14/2013 6:55:35 PM ]

9/15/2013 12:12:26 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

shakey216
Over 4,000 Posts! (5,972)
Lecanto, FL
64, joined Mar. 2010


both......

my weimaurna justs needs to let out a woof and im going for the gun....

9/15/2013 9:24:30 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
kristen587
Calgary, AB
27, joined Sep. 2013


Shutzhund isn't a breed it's a dog sport from Germany that includes Obedience, Tracking and Protection Work. Originaly only German Sheppards, Dobermans & Boxers were allowed to train but now most Shutzhund clubs allow all breeds.

9/15/2013 1:40:42 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
islandia8_2
Over 4,000 Posts! (5,219)
Tacoma, WA
52, joined Jun. 2013


Kristin, my Chow was Shutzhund trained by a branch of the US Federal K9 division where my ex worked. Most of the other dogs there were German Shepherds.


Shakey, your dog (Weimirana -- spell?), is also know as the Ghost Dog for it's beautiful eyes and coat. I love that breed, they are so smart.



[Edited 9/15/2013 1:42:46 PM ]

9/16/2013 8:20:17 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
kristen587
Calgary, AB
27, joined Sep. 2013


I was just at a Shutzhund competiton in BC and most of the dogs were either German or Belgin Shepherds with only 2 other Dobermans, one Boxer and one Bull Mastif. Any dog can handle the Obedience part, most are good with the Tracking but many breeds loose points in the Protection trials because the "bite" and hold are not natural actions for them. It's a ton of fun and a great way to bond with your dog.

9/18/2013 4:12:13 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
babes51
Charleston, WV
55, joined Sep. 2013


Both

11/11/2013 12:45:58 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
hometown88
Over 7,500 Posts!! (8,906)
Miami, FL
98, joined Jun. 2013


Was the Dogs now they are gone Now its my Fist!

11/11/2013 9:05:27 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
lostinthread
Over 4,000 Posts! (4,793)
Climax, MI
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11/11/2013 9:53:25 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

autumnsmile
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (16,449)
Counce, TN
53, joined May. 2009


I keep both with me at all times.If Im in the shower you can bet there's at least 1 dog waiting on the other side of the curtain.

11/18/2013 6:21:36 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

tardsmasher2
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (17,013)
Douglasville, GA
55, joined Jun. 2010


Both

12/8/2013 2:06:31 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
350zgirl
Chicago, IL
41, joined Sep. 2013


Both

12/11/2013 7:16:31 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
theplagu388
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (10,485)
Chicago, IL
26, joined Sep. 2013


Well a gun kills you in seconds where as a properly trained k9 may take longr

12/11/2013 3:42:12 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

autumnsmile
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (16,449)
Counce, TN
53, joined May. 2009


Quote from kristen587:
I was just at a Shutzhund competiton in BC and most of the dogs were either German or Belgin Shepherds with only 2 other Dobermans, one Boxer and one Bull Mastif. Any dog can handle the Obedience part, most are good with the Tracking but many breeds loose points in the Protection trials because the "bite" and hold are not natural actions for them. It's a ton of fun and a great way to bond with your dog.


Seeing Sholoh actually attack a human{appropriate cause}in truth it kinda scarred the hell out of me.He dropped him on command but HOLY COW!....Makes BOTH my gsds look slow and awkward,and I assure you,neither are.I have to keep a close eye on Liberty,though.And my Dad's dog,Boomer?I can't adopt that dog out...hes OVER woman and child protective.No training.My animals could be better trained and Ive thought of this for a while.
Sholoh is always such a happy go lucky show off.He can be trusted around other species,PREY species,small children,he is shy around canes and foot warry around wheel chairs,though.But boy when its time to do his job,he's instantly down to bussiness.I credit that animal with a great deal of my ability to recover from the past.I cant imagine my life if he'd never come into it,or after he passes.One thing's for certain,because of him,I'll never be without a wolf by my side.Maybe not a full blood,but a high content wolfdog at least.Yes,I do know each is an indivual.One can't be replaced by another.

12/11/2013 10:29:29 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
cupocheer
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (286,639)
Assumption, IL
68, joined May. 2010


the one whose bite is worse than it's bark

12/12/2013 4:05:05 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

autumnsmile
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (16,449)
Counce, TN
53, joined May. 2009


Id rather shoot someone than have my dogs do their job...a LOT less hassle and protects them from the perps defensive efforts.

12/22/2013 2:15:38 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
hometown88
Over 7,500 Posts!! (8,906)
Miami, FL
98, joined Jun. 2013


If I had a dog it would be a dog right now Its my fist

12/22/2013 8:39:10 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
farms46
Over 2,000 Posts (3,240)
West Palm Beach, FL
50, joined Oct. 2013


Both

12/22/2013 10:35:16 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
hometown88
Over 7,500 Posts!! (8,906)
Miami, FL
98, joined Jun. 2013




12/24/2013 11:41:42 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
cupocheer
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (286,639)
Assumption, IL
68, joined May. 2010


weapons trained guard dog

12/25/2013 9:43:34 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

ladypat81
Over 2,000 Posts (2,121)
Baltimore, MD
36, joined Jun. 2013


I have a rottie and she does the trick.

12/26/2013 10:36:28 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

autumnsmile
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (16,449)
Counce, TN
53, joined May. 2009


Quote from hometown88:
If I had a dog it would be a dog right now Its my fist



Hon,you live in Miami...buy a good handgun and a dog.Get your permits.

12/29/2013 3:17:17 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
cupocheer
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (286,639)
Assumption, IL
68, joined May. 2010


My home security is a post-menopausal, experienced, senior citizen with a loaded Mossberg.

12/29/2013 7:01:23 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

autumnsmile
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (16,449)
Counce, TN
53, joined May. 2009


Quote from cupocheer:
My home security is a post-menopausal, experienced, senior citizen with a loaded Mossberg.


1/3/2014 9:00:56 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

fastination
Evans, GA
63, joined Aug. 2008


Having had both, and both is the right answer, I prefer guns over dogs:

Dogs are daily maintenance & annual vet visits
Barking is an issue
Travelling is a problem
IF the dog has to attack, chances are the idiot public will want it put down
Guns, like dogs, can have an intimidation factor, so neither has to be used

Now if you're going to have a dog as a family pet anyway, it makes sense to have one that can back up it's bark. A little yippy dog nipping at a burglar's toes won't do much. You would be better off putting the key to the safe in the aquarium with a couple lion fish.

As mentioned many times, the dog has to be properly TRAINED, plus considered a member of the family (furry kid) and NOT - no frikken way - NOT chained to a tree in the yard.

1/3/2014 8:00:43 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

autumnsmile
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (16,449)
Counce, TN
53, joined May. 2009


NOT - no frikken way - NOT chained to a tree in the yard.[/

1/9/2014 1:16:15 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

autumnsmile
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (16,449)
Counce, TN
53, joined May. 2009


 photo Libertysmiles.jpg


Liberty cheesin' for the camera



[Edited 1/9/2014 1:16:43 PM ]

2/6/2014 10:03:29 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

dances_in_woods
Over 7,500 Posts!! (7,632)
Henderson, TX
51, joined Mar. 2011


Both....but sadly they can shoot your dog while your busy unlocking your gun. My weapons are fully loaded & ready. No kids here to get to them

2/22/2014 5:03:32 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
naturesbounty
Plantsville, CT
48, joined Nov. 2013


Gun. If someone comes on your property without consent , meaning a robber, i would shoot. I would not want anything happening to me, my animal or property.

2/26/2014 8:58:01 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

chris2913
Over 1,000 Posts (1,846)
Saint Cloud, MN
34, joined Sep. 2013


I have 2 rottweilers and two pits. They love everybody and I dont see them as being aggressive unless someone was trying to harm me. My Rotties are young still but I see them being better guard dogs than my pits.

2/27/2014 4:12:34 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
dead_end
Over 2,000 Posts (2,590)
Greenville, SC
33, joined Feb. 2014


My mutt is my alarm, my guns are my protection. One within arms reach no matter where I am sitting.

3/8/2014 9:33:33 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
onemoretime2c
Over 2,000 Posts (3,258)
Boca Grande, FL
63, joined Apr. 2012


My K9 was my working partner and my best friend.His perception was I belonged to him and he would not let any harm come to me....btw,,, He would do that on a "Smile" command

Quote from autumnsmile:
 photo Libertysmiles.jpg


Liberty cheesin' for the camera


3/26/2014 5:07:51 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
nitalu00
Anderson, CA
33, joined Jan. 2013


Both. Well the dog isn't for protection but he is good at alerting me if someone is in the yard. I have a 9mm Sig Sauer, a Smith and Wesson 38 special revolver, a couple shot guns ( 12 and 20 gauge), and a rifle. I also have a 22 caliber semi automatic pistol for target practice.

3/27/2014 5:21:38 PM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
real_1_here_4_u
Marion, OH
38, joined Nov. 2013


Even if I could have a dog I would choose gun, of which I have 3 and plan to own more. I have nothing against dogs and have owned them in the past when I was growing up, I have more faith in my firearms. I know exactly where they are and what my firearms will do, whereas the best trained dog in the world could run, hesitate, or disobey. I do not mean any disrespect at all to those who own and love dogs, I only give my thoughts and opinion related to this topic.

3/28/2014 6:02:10 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  
dead_end
Over 2,000 Posts (2,590)
Greenville, SC
33, joined Feb. 2014


Quote from nitalu00:
Both. Well the dog isn't for protection but he is good at alerting me if someone is in the yard. I have a 9mm Sig Sauer, a Smith and Wesson 38 special revolver, a couple shot guns ( 12 and 20 gauge), and a rifle. I also have a 22 caliber semi automatic pistol for target practice.


This is my feeling as well. My dog growls at any sounds outside, then goes nuts if it turns in to footsteps or voices.

My Sig P229 is in my nightstand, S&W M&P Shield is in my computer desk and M&P 9c is in my coffee table. Those are for any undesirables who make it in the door.

3/28/2014 7:41:28 AM Security dog or gun what is ur home security?  

autumnsmile
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (16,449)
Counce, TN
53, joined May. 2009


I am well armed and have many canids...even the tiniest will bark,but it's Sholoh,Liberty and Guage I depend upon.None would hesitate to do their job and I love them with all of my heart.I don't much go anywhere without one by myside...part of that ptsd issue,but I must be gaining some ground on that because Im finding that while its difficult ,I CAN and do go some places at some times without them having to be with me.On the home front,a perp wouldn't stand a chance.If 1 member of the pack attacked,all of them would...it's pack mentality.Sholoh,he'd drop em on command,as would Guage...but Liberty?I can't yet trust my answer to that.Willow and Shamuk...In the heat of the moment?No....and my maltipoo?He has no concept that he isn't 10' tall bullet proof...we call Tuffy the ball grabber