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Old 08-16-2012, 22:49   #21
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And here is a pic of my previous boxer Jack. He wasn't tough at all, and loved people. He would probably have never protected me from anything, he was way too gentle, but I loved him just as much.
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Old 08-16-2012, 22:49   #22
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Protect me? Yeah probably, if he was pushed to it and thought I couldn't handle it.

Try to get my mother? You'd have a better chance trying to storm the gates of hell. From day one he's felt the need to protect her. Don't know why.

ETA: not the pup in my avatar but my lab. Pup in the pic is too much of a sweetheart to get anybody.

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Old 08-16-2012, 22:53   #23
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I have no doubt that my dog would die for me. Unfortunately it probably would accomplish nothing.

As it stands now, He is the only Yorkie I know of that goes around with an escort with a .357 Magnum. My dog is important to me.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:09   #24
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A weapon, nah, more of a deterrent. Most folks don't want to mess with a 180lb South African Mastiff, well will be. He's just shy of six months old and already around 60lbs.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:53   #25
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My current dog nope! She'll bark a growl at strangers at the door. She'll let em know something isn't right. But defend against an attacker I doupt it! I could be wrong as I've never put her in that postion. Now my former dog Jake (90 Lbs Golden) you bet that dog was fearless and would defend to the death! Hell he even jumped me one night coming in the door-until he learned who was the alfa dog in the house!
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Old 08-17-2012, 14:20   #26
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My dogs aren't weapons, but they make pretty good alarms. They normally bark if someone is too close to the property or get near my vehicles. They even recognize the neighbors and seem to notice when someone doesn't belong.
I couldn't have said it better. My lab is about 115 and is very vocal about anybody he dosen't know walking by our house or anything out of the ordinary going on at night and his bark might scare somebody and it's a perfect first alert to get me alert to a possible situation. Truthfully, I don't think he'd hurt anybody unless maybe if somebody was messing with my daughter, he's barked his head off, hair standing on end if she goof's around with her boyfriend in front of him
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:41   #27
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Under Ohio law in order to utilize deadly force the following criteria must be met:


1. The threat must have the apparent ability to cause you serious bodily harm or death.

2. The threat must have the reasonable opportunity to cause you serious bodily harm or death.

3. You must be in fear for your life.

A dog of substantial size acting in a aggressive manner certainly meets the above criteria.

A dog meeting the above criteria set loose after a person certainly can qualify as a weapon as well in my opinion.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:57   #28
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I have a male German Shepherd Dog of East German/Chec bloodlines. He is my ever alert sentry and protector. No doubts with him doing his job what so ever. Bill
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:46   #29
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My dogs are family members, not a weapon. Will they attempt to stop an attack, yes. But they are part of my family and thus under my protection. Ideally, I don't want them to clutter my field of fire.
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Old 08-18-2012, 17:51   #30
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Yes, any of our Basset Hounds could be used as a weapon.... if fired out of a cannon. I doubt they'd even wake up during an attack unless the attacker was rustling a treat bag. My German Shorthaired Pointer would be off in the woods looking for a stick for me to throw for him on the off chance I survive the attack.
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Old 08-18-2012, 18:03   #31
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Great alarm and I'm sure she would defend us but I wouldn't call her a weapon.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:48   #32
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No, my dogs are not weapons, they are early warning systems. I have Jack Russells, when I walk them I carry guns to protect them from larger dogs. My male has been attacked twice while I was walking him. I have not had to shoot a dog yet, but I have pepper sprayed a couple along with a few kicks to the head. I would shoot a dog if it was trying to kill one of mine though.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:55   #33
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My dogs are only a threat if you don't play with them, tennis balls will be dropped all around you and you will fall. Or if the have gas which is about half the time, they can make me proud when they pass gas.
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Old 08-19-2012, 17:44   #34
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the only thing i rely on my dogs for is to bark, which is all i need him to do. i am a pretty light sleeper and normally get up with any noise but if they bark i get up and grab the g23 other than that it is too much to ask from them.
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Old 08-19-2012, 18:11   #35
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Anyone that wants a dog as a weapon should not own a dog.

My dog is not a weapon, but he IS a burglar alarm.

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Old 08-19-2012, 18:19   #36
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My Rottie is my baby all 130 lbs. 27 inches tall pure mass of destruction. LOL
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