Have you ever thought about whether your dog would really protect you in the event of an emergency? I would say my last dog, Sebastian, definitely would have. He would bark ALL. THE. TIME. If he heard a car door, he’d bark; when he saw a person walk by, he’d bark; if he saw another dog, well you get the point. One time he was being perfectly nice while I was having a friendly convo with a neighbor, until that man took a step towards Jayden. Sebastian stepped right in front of Jayden, and started growling! While I would never wish my dog to bite anyone, it was certainly nice to know that he’d protect us!
Moving on to my current dogs…I can say without a doubt, Lucy would NOT protect us. She is scared of shadows, and if anything is out of place, she backs up and waits for me to go first! (Gee, thanks Luce!) She hardly ever barks, and if she does, it’s only because she got scared of something, not because there is someone at the door or there was a strange sound. As I’ve said before, she has never met a stranger, and I am certain she would invite anyone in with open…paws!
Oscar on the other hand, I would venture to say he would definitely protect us. When we are out for walks, or at events, he has been fine and never barks at anyone. In the home or car though, he’ll bark if he is not a fan of someone! Before the weather got too hot, I used to take him with me to pick Jayden up from school. Usually he just hangs out the window, wagging his tail at everyone. One day though, he started growling and barking like crazy, and would not stop until this person was out of sight! Another time, in the middle of the night, Shiloh got spooked and started barking loudly, waking the entire house. Oscar immediately woke up, stood on top of me, and growled like I have never heard before! As soon as he realized that it was just Jayden, Oscar curled up into a ball and was snoring within seconds! He is so funny, too. He has this “on alert” face he makes, and then he howls!
Here is a video of Oscar’s howl…click here…I think it is so hilarious!
So, while I obviously hope he never has to act in protection mode, it’s nice to know that I have some back up should I ever need it! It also makes me think he’d be one of those hero dogs, saving us from a fire or some crazy awesome thing like you hear in the news from time to time!
Now, with all that being said, let me reinforce that I do not advocate people USING their dogs for protection (aside from professionally trained dogs, like police or military dogs, of course). I believe dogs should be family pets, getting to live their life inside the home, being cherished and loved. Some dogs are naturally loyal & protective of their loved ones, and as long as you manage the pet appropriately, they will always be the loving, sweet beings that they want to be. Oscar is SO sweet, he even asks for hugs on a daily basis! So while I believe Oscar would protect me if I ever needed it, 99% of the time, there is a whole lotta this going on:
So tell me about your pups! Do you think they’d defend your honor if they needed to? Would they run and hide in an emergency? I’d love to hear your stories, so please share!
Have a great weekend, my friends! 🙂