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misfitmorgan

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Weird stuff going on all over. Last week a white van stopped in front of our house on the side of the road while DH and I were in our garage talking. They were staring at the front of our house, took a picture then saw us and left. Only reason im not super creeped out is firstly our dogs hit the windows and go nutz when someone approaches our house, second the loaded 10 gauge above our door, third the passenger was a little white hair old lady.

I'm hoping they were simply wanting a picture of one of the flowers to get some for themselves or some such.

For your situation I would say you def need a better guard dog and possibly something like nest cameras or some other type of camera.
 

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I think i would like to have a LGD named S.W.A.T. He will keep everyone safe.

edit to add: his doghouse can be named the headquarters. We have a fence kennel that we can put tarps and a roof over it. We can put pallets for the floor and store our feed and straw.
 
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I’ve had Anatolians in the past and they did a good job. Both were euthanized for age related issues. I’m wondering if the dogs are familiar with this guy hence no barking. My LGDs are very good at flock protection but I haven’t encouraged them to do much else. Unfortunately my attempts to get to know the new neighbors were unsuccessful. One family speaks no English and the other simply isn’t interested. I’m pretty sure I showered those days, didn’t have an army boot on top of my head etc.
Anyhow looks like a new dog in the future.
 

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Home security comes in many forms. Dogs are still at the top of the list!
while impressive, these guys are too slow to bring to action. They span a 30 year time period and all went to “good homes”.
 

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I’m wondering if the dogs are familiar with this guy hence no barking.
He could have easily tossed them a treat. That readjusts the dogs focus just enough that maybe now you become less of a threat. Couple of treats they really relax. When they didn't get anymore, lost interest walked away. Didn't see him as a threat, it's easy to do. Doesn't mean they won't protect the owner or property from that person. Just takes the edge off the dog. Not so hurried to bite the hand that feeds them. Sausage patties work great. Little dogs are wired funny, I may trust mine never trust yours. Big dogs, not all but a lot of them, belly runs the brain.
 

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We have a big black Labrador/Great Dane cross that loves to run and bark. As a pup, he was mainly an inside dog. As he grew, he discovered he could stay outside all night and bark, sleep on or under the porch and have a lot more fun than hanging out in the house with us. He and his trusty sidekick, our big male Great Pyrenees make quite a pair. Trip jumps in and out of the pastures and goes where he wants.

You need a good yard dog.
 

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Labrador crosses are generally pretty good all around dogs. I've had three, one lab and beagle , 2 supposed to have been lab and shepherd. Way less trouble than any of the rest I had. Really easy to train. Quiet enough that when they barked something worth checking out was happening. One Shep mix did back off a pushy salesman that scared Mom. Went from 60lb couch potato to teeth bared and growling, walked that fella back to his car. Kinda scared Mom cuz he'd never before acted like that.
 

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I love labs and lab mix dogs for general farm dogs. Courage to the max, knows when to bark and when not to, GREAT family dogs, easy to train, sharp as a tack. My best dog was a full Lab and second best was a Lab/BC mix. Haven't found their equal all these many years later.
 

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That sausage trick worked for me with a wound tight rotweiler. She could reach my fence and would jump up and growl and I was worried about the chain it was on not holding. I tossed a piece then another finally got so I could pet her. Took awhile and the chain broke. Owner screaming her name I clapped my hands she came to me.
 

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