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        03-03-2013, 02:34 PM
      #11
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Animallover707    
    So I should get rid of my dogs and get a different breed? Someone told me I could try tying them up at night which would make them more protective.
    It's up to you. I would have no problem walking into a yard full of pits I don't know, just because I know that the majority of pits are big lovers. On the other hand, German shepherds and rotties (heck, even some Queensland heelers) can make me hesitant to enter a property because they are more likely to be distrustful of strangers.

    Honestly, I have a problem with the fact that you got three or four pits just to piss of your neighbors and because they "look mean." At least that's what it sounds like from your posts. If you wanted protection, you should have done your research. Why do you think you don't see many pits as police dogs? Most of the time you see GSDs and malinois because these dogs were bred to protect and guard.

    Tying the dogs up won't do anything but severely limit their exercise. Do you walk all these dogs or do they just run around the yard?

    Sorry, not attacking you, just being honest.
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        03-03-2013, 02:39 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    It's up to you. I would have no problem walking into a yard full of pits I don't know, just because I know that the majority of pits are big lovers. On the other hand, German shepherds and rotties (heck, even some Queensland heelers) can make me hesitant to enter a property because they are more likely to be distrustful of strangers.

    Honestly, I have a problem with the fact that you got three or four pits just to piss of your neighbors and because they "look mean." At least that's what it sounds like from your posts. If you wanted protection, you should have done your research. Why do you think you don't see many pits as police dogs? Most of the time you see GSDs and malinois because these dogs were bred to protect and guard.

    Sorry, not attacking you, just being honest.
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    No I got them because they were all doomed to be put down(well 3 of them) and recent robberies have been in my neighborhood a man came home and found his two kids and wife tied up and the wife had been raped, I was left with my lab. The other one is a little female I found at the local dump skinny with no hair(which is fixed now and she is a beautiful pup).

    A pit bull saved me from getting beaten with a shovel over the head when I was a little girl and I have loved the breed ever since. The dog stood in front of me inbetween us, the man yelled at it and when it didnt move he started beating it, it just stood there and took the beating for me.

    O and also I put up a big bamboo fence so my neighbors can't see my animals. They havent complained. Out of sight out of mind I guess.
         
        03-03-2013, 02:46 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Do these dogs just run loose in your yard or do you interact with them and walk them every day?

    I ask because I've noticed that dogs that aren't interacted with by their owners don't have a reason to "care" about them or protect them, as they don't see them as part of their pack, but rather as simply a source of food.

    Again, just because you were saved by a pit when you were younger doesn't mean that all pits are going to protect you. Heck, that'd be like me saying that because the only dog I've ever been bitten by was a Pomeranian, that all Pomeranians are going to bite me. It depends on the individual dog.
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        03-03-2013, 02:47 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    O and yes they do get walked, also I have a large agility course in my back yard. I take them up to the ranch when I go riding and we sometimes ride for 6 hours. At least an hour a day. They are all trained in basic commands except one that's half border collie and is incredible stupid/ I can't even get him to sit I think he has some sort of psycological problem, my vet said something isnt right about him like he is "slow" in the head.

    However we do not go off the property but my property is 80 acres, and we go for walks up the hills/ in the creeks.
         
        03-03-2013, 02:51 PM
      #15
    Trained
    I know it's not what you want to hear, but there's really no way to make these dogs more protective (I don't like the word "aggressive" in this case, as you don't want them to be aggressive because that can be dangerous to you and others). If it's not in their personality, it's just not going to happen. Especially not the poor guy who is a "little slow in the head."
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        03-03-2013, 02:53 PM
      #16
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    I know it's not what you want to hear, but there's really no way to make these dogs more protective (I don't like the word "aggressive" in this case, as you don't want them to be aggressive because that can be dangerous to you and others). If it's not in their personality, it's just not going to happen. Especially not the poor guy who is a "little slow in the head."
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    So what should I do? I don't think I can just get rid of them. Maybe I should just stay in the house and lock the doors unless I go to take care of my grandfathers ranch. Its really bothering me that people are comming in my yard at night.

    I believe the guy slow in the head was abused as he is very head shy and will start "screaming" if you touch him in the wrong spot.
         
        03-03-2013, 02:57 PM
      #17
    Trained
    From what you've said, you don't sound like the sort of person who should be living alone (and I mean without another human...animals don't count). If you lock up and go into a coma when presented with a situation where you might have defend yourself and can't live anywhere else, maybe you need a roommate who CAN defend the property/you in case of an emergency.

    Or talk to the police and see what suggestions they have.
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        03-03-2013, 03:07 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Labs, and pits are both very friendly dogs and terrible guard dogs, aside from their size, looks and a pit's reputation (though, I have more fear of a chihuahua than a pit). I would say, in your case, probably going to be better to get a better fence and landscaping to deter thieves. (High fence, thorny, thick hedges, etc.). I rescued a very badly abused dog (a catahoula) who is both large and very timid toward people. He's turned into a good guard dog but not by intention.

    As a general rule service dogs are trained to be accepting of strangers, and social situations. You can try rewarding your dogs for barking when folks are around, try with friends or some such, starting with a "speak" command, and then transition into only using that command when people come around. Eventually they associate people with the command. You can also teach them certain bad habits, such as jumping and such. I doubt you would ever really be able to make them aggressive.
         
        03-03-2013, 03:09 PM
      #19
    Started
    I agree with above - can you find a room mate, or would moving to a new neighborhood help your anxiety? I think your issue goes beyond the dogs - you don't feel safe and possibly the best thing you can do is move elsewhere.
         
        03-03-2013, 03:10 PM
      #20
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    From what you've said, you don't sound like the sort of person who should be living alone (and I mean without another human...animals don't count). If you lock up and go into a coma when presented with a situation where you might have defend yourself and can't live anywhere else, maybe you need a roommate who CAN defend the property/you in case of an emergency.

    Or talk to the police and see what suggestions they have.
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    Ok ill try for a roommate againbut its hard way up here. They all want to grow dope. Plus I don't get along with other people that well... I got kicked out of school for it. Well... plus the vice princable made a rude comment(about a ******ed kid) and I punched him in the face(I was a TA for his class). I can 'defend myself' just not when I get scared. I do have a Boyfriend, I see him a few times a week, if we get serious I could ask him to move in.
         
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