It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. Glass shatters. A window is broken. You hear the unwelcoming sound of footsteps walking across your living room floor. Those same footsteps stop at the bottom of the stairs that leads up to your bedrooms. Your ears strain as you listen for the next sound. Your heart’s pounding. Your pulse is racing. Beads of sweat form on your brow. Your ears strain listening for the sound of the familiar creak of the stairs that he’s climbing that is leading him to you. Where’s that darn dog when you need him?
If he’s a German Shepherd with the ideal temperament for his breed, than the intruder never made it across the living room floor to the staircase. As soon as the intruder put his sorry little leg into the room, the dog pulled him in the rest of the way and was shaking and ripping at his trousers. The sound you heard were not footsteps coming up the staircase. They were feet that were running to the front door trying to escape from the lunatic that has him by the seat of the pants!
If he’s a German Shepherd with a timid temperament, he’s hiding right next to you under the bed. The pounding of your heart is actually the bed shaking from the nervous coward hiding under it. Better get the baseball bat out of the closet because you’re going to have to fend for yourself and your dog!
If he’s a German Shepherd who is a fear biter, there is a very, very slim chance that he could help you (err, I mean help himself). Maybe when the intruder comes into the living room, the shrinking violet might feel trapped and will bite him and the guy will run away thinking there’s a big mean old dog in the house.
If he’s a German Shepherd who loves everyone, he’ll just let the guy in and show him where the silver is! The intruder will give him a bone which he carries in his pocket just for these types of dogs. The dog is happy and the intruder is even happier as he makes off with your belongings.
And then there’s one more type of German Shepherd that the intruder can run into. He’s the aggressive dog. He sees the man coming up the lawn and watches as he breaks the glass. As he starts to come into the living room, the dog already has him by the throat and his breaking and entering days are over.
If nothing else at least your dog will be a good alarm system for you. He’ll let you know that someone is trying to break in and enter. Hopefully this will give you enough time to call the authorities before the creep is in your house. Most dogs you don’t need to tell them what to do. If they hear a strange sound, they’re up investigating it and making a lot of noise barking at it.
Someone once told me that what’s the good of having your German Shepherd? All the intruder needs is a gun and your dog is dead. Well that’s why I always keep more than one dog in the house at a time. I have three. If one of them doesn’t get the intruder, than the other one or two will! Dogs are very quick and before the intruder knows what hit him, he should be knocked off of his feet.
Some people don’t feel that all dogs will attack someone if they tried entering their house. Some say that not all dogs will bite. I must admit that I have read about this when doing some research for another article that I wrote about. Many people are under the assumption that because it’s a German Shepherd, he will protect you and bite the intruder. Just because a dog acts like a maniac when someone knocks on a door, doesn’t mean that they will attack that person once he’s inside.
Of course, we all hope that this never happens and if it did that our dog would be there to defend us. Let’s hope that they never have to prove it.
My rating: German Shepherds as watch dogs: (4)