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Old 08-09-2016, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by tijlover View Post
This woman is from the Philippines, and perhaps it's common back there to use dogs for security purposes only.
for us who grew up in the countryside in the Philippines, dogs are pets and security guard and when there was no law criminalizing cruelty to animals, they were meant as food too (for those who live in northern Philippines).

but we don't leash our dogs in the countryside. how could they act as guards if you leash them?

that lady probably is from the city where they leash their dogs
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Old 08-09-2016, 06:11 PM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Originally Posted by tijlover View Post
A co-worker of mine recently purchased a dog for home security, and, what was crushing to hear, is she doesn't even like dogs! It's only purpose is for home security, with a cinder block walled backyard.

I simply can't imagine that. To me, it borders on animal abuse, and it makes me wonder how many others do this, with no affection, love for the animal.

I sometimes wonder, being a night shift worker, either taking long walks at night in the neighborhood alone, or walking my ferret, awaking any number of dogs, that these dogs, that are there for security purposes only, are seeking revenge on their owners by needlessly barking and waking them up, for being deprived of love and attention?
A good security system is cheaper and as effective or moreso. If she doesn't like dogs, chances are she doesn't understand them and is headed for real trouble with her guard dog one day. A dog is at its best when it is considered to be a family member and shown respect, love, and tolerance (assuming the dog doesn't have "baggage" that interferes). Violate any of those three requirements and you increase your likelihood of future behavioral problems that you won't be able to solve.
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Old 08-09-2016, 11:32 PM
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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A friend of a co-worker had her house burglarized, and when she returned home from work, her 2 small yappy dogs were hiding in the closet! Yup! Great security!

I own a ferret, and last year when my roommate went out of town for 2 months, he returned one night, entered the house very quietly, softly walked down the hallway to the kitchen (to surprise me), my ferret spotted him and leapt for his lower leg! He just didn't recognize my roommate, and thought he was a burglar?

So it makes me wonder how much my little ferret (they can be vicious fighters/biters) would protect me if I was being attacked.

I don't think I want to know!

I will make it a point to occasionally talk to my co-worker about her dog, try to enlighten her on the value of treating the dog more like a pet, and see how she reacts.
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Old 08-13-2016, 10:11 AM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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In terms of safe, practical reality, a person has a couple of options with dogs. They can get a dog trained for security and then they also need to get training for themselves on correct, safe handling of the dog, or they can get a pet to treat it like a pet (give it love, respect, tolerance with a goal of making the dog happy i.e. well adjusted) and that pet will protect her and the home anyway. Pitbull/retriever or bulldog mixes can be very good for this when carefully selected. They can be very loving and enjoyable pets, but good protectors.
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