Thursday Funny: What will your dog do in a home invasion

If a masked intruder broke into your home, would your dog attack or run away?

In a recent case, a robber kicked down the door of a home with two dogs, but instead of teaming up to take him down, the canines took off.

Inside Edition put some dogs to the test to find out whether they would confront the burglar or wimp out.

As you saw, both a yellow Labrador and the black pit bull-lab mix wimped out, running away instead of protecting their owners.

But Ellen Icamp’s much smaller dogs — the medium-sized Frodo and diminutive Dobby the Chihuahua — proved to have the heart of a lion.

~Eowyn

46 responses to “Thursday Funny: What will your dog do in a home invasion

  1. tysm,was amazing to watch it,but now you made me wondering…if my dogs(4 sharpei) would do something for me …just in case…give me the adress of these fake burglars! lol hmmm

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    • dear pal….my very menacing-looking almost-primal-looking Shar-pei/Lab/Mastiff mix was large, muscular/powerful and very evil-looking if she was protecting our property by barking at strangers, with her muzzle all bloated up and red with anger/warning….at first, my vet was fearful of her no matter what I told him about what a cream-puff she was when not threatened…..but later, they all cried at the vet office when we had to put her down in old age (14) b/c she became known to them as the “gentle giant.” Example: once attacked by a neighbor’s Pit Bull on our front porch….on the leash with my husband coming in from a walk….she DID NOT fight back. We never knew if she was not fighting b/c she was on a leash/attached to my husband and was more involved in protecting him by circling him (which is what she did–taking the entire attack on her body as she circled my husband’s legs)……or if she was just a big wimp. She only survived due to emergency surgeries……BUT…otherwise, our Lab-GSP mix, of the same time, was ferocious! He was attacked by another neighbor’s Rotty (again on our own front porch coming in from a walk on the leash) and fought back (but did not win). Again, emergency surgeries to save his life and even later, surgery to re-attach a knee that had been damaged…but took a few months to completely detach after the event…..He was so smart and loving with us….but totally NOT HUMORED by anything “foreign” to our property.

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      • OOPS…forgot to add we now are owned by a total mushy, fat, EX-breeder rescue Blonde Lab (Maggie May–adopted, of course, in MAY a few yrs ago)….who looks like she couldn’t run away fr a mouse or even a leaking /broken sprinkler/stream of water running across her napping pad outside …..which she doesn’t. She has nurtured litters of rescue kittens who slept w/her/ate w/ her…she is so laid back/ seemingly low-energy–you’d think she’d let anyone/anything onto our property/into our house….BUT….when she sees/senses something amiss….or a foreign persona/animal /threat, she literally stands up on her hind legs (all 125lb of her) against our fence, or against the leash–whatever–& becomes a GIANT WHITE ATTACK POLAR BEAR. She is ferocious against anything foreign on her property …. including–lurking people, skunks, coyotes, bobcats, feral dogs, opossums, chicken-killing snakes w/the peeps, ANYTHING….it has been an amazement to me/my husband, this dual personality that this sweet dog seems to have. To us….this is perfect for our lifestyle w/our rescued cats, chickens, etc, accepted to her…..but w/potential invaders to our rural area —-humans run off—& predators run off/sometimes killed in one snap of her bite/their head…..

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        • CalGirl:

          You should write a book on all the amazing dog and cats you’ve had. Really.

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          • 🙂 Our fur pets are so wonderfull…aren’t they? You’ve not even heard the stories of, for instance, our cat who woke us up in the middle of the night “yowling” as she paced the door to our youngest child’s bedroom (aged 3 or 4 at the time….) b/c a scorpion had been deposited into our home (Utah—they usually came in on your pant-cuffs or similar) and was trying to enter the room…….This beautiful rescue Calico “boss woman in our household” ran back and forth to keep this scorpion out of the bedroom…warning us…..to which, of course, we responded……and learned….. (she lived to age 18). Way before that, yes, there was more….when our mutt warned us of a predatory person in our apartment building when we were young marrieds…and chased this person down, cornering him in a bush for the police to haul in…..He was a full 8-10 lb Beagle/Dachshound mix….and THAT IS WHEN I LEARNED TO TRUST MY PETS IF/WHEN any of them gave me a warning of any type…..ALWAYS trust your pets and the “messages” that they are trying to give you. I have always been ashamed that, that night, I tried to “shush” him and even put him on a leash beside our bed to try and control his “warnings”” b/c I had to work the next day and needed sleep. BUT….once I heard the intruder (which this little dog “smelled as evil intent” ) and (belatedly) figured it out, I released him and he chased down the perp…….

            Our Vet/assistants love and trust us and our pets…as they are SO “human,” even unto them…..b/c they have had such special “character” even on a visit to the vet……Have to tell eveyone that I watch “The Amazing Dr. Pol” on the Nat Geo station, not only b/c he reminds me of my cherished/decease dad…but b/c of the people and animals who represent our rural base in this country…..without which….we’d all either starve to death or pay/give over our dietary survival to China. I plead with you all on this note to either plant a subsistance garden somewhere (your home, in planters, in community gardens……) or in hanging planters/big planters, or in-ground gardens…..NONE of this is HARD work……..

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  2. Ever see police doggies? They are the big ones, but they’re trained to go after the bad dudes. Whereas when they’re the little love bugs in a home, it’s totally different. However, I’ve been told many times that burglars are far more afraid of ankle biters than they are of big dogs. If you want a big dog to protect you, get a German Shepherd and have them trained as protectors. Little dogs make a lot of racket too, which can frighten away burglars when you’re not home. I’ll keep my two mini Schnauzers…they really go berserk when a stranger comes around.

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    • “Ankle biters” sure have earned that moniker….

      Those are the ones to be afraid of, for sure.

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      • Growing up I had a friend who’s family had a dog named “Chico”. It was a Chihuahua that constantly bit your ankles and, when you sat down, it stood in front of you shivering and growling.

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    • I have a Beagle who’s a world class snuggler. She’s a little heater too. Keeps me warm on cold winter nights. If she hears a sound she brays and barks.

      My other two dogs will raise a fuss as well. Any crook coming in my house means business. There is NO WAY they can sneak in.

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  3. Oh, my Barney, don’t know what he would but, bark, bark, bite and hide under the bed. I live for my Barney and Barney lives for me.

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  4. I have trained my animal to attack the groin area in the military they teach you to put you arm out when the dog attacks the arm you shoot him and that’s the end of it. So I trained my animal to attack the groin and if you try to shoot him your more than likely to shoot your self but it gives me time to get what is need to take care of business its enough time for any one to make the right decisions and that usually has 12 Gage in the name. And my dog is only 93 lbs. A mix breed of a Black lab and a Rott but he is a mutt seems they are the most apt to protect for some reason but training is the key.

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    • Brian you know what yuor doing. I have a doberman and what happens when people come around depends on the command I give. She reads my emotions too. She is trained in English and German but if I just make the sound tick she goes ballistic. She understands my vocabulary so well I have to be careful what I say. The words mouse, rabbit and squirrel are ones I must be careful with but she knows bacon and livermush too. Treat also is a powerful word. We have been together 10 years plus. She is getting old but she loves me and shows it.

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      • You are correct mine is the same way he reads my face and body language. And its funny if anyone who comes over even the people who come all the time when they first come in he places his self between them and my whole family. I use hand signals as well as voice command you never know when not saying anything gets the message to attack. The relationship with the animal is family. They know they belong so they become possessive of family and your property as well. Thank you for your post Philip.

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  5. I’m pretty sure my Dog Kita would hold the door open for the burglars,and would go for a long run afterwards to burn off some of that adrenaline. She makes friends,not that much of a fighter. Besides,she knows I have the gun,so she’d gladly leave the fighting to me. I CAN say the burglar would have a rough time getting TO the door unnoticed-she can spot a trespasser and tell me before they even get close to the house. Good Dog.

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    • I have two other dogs smaller who bark like crazy but the big dog we taught not to bark so they hear the little ones run in and then the big one is standing at the door waiting for them. They do it every day I come home you never hear the 90 pounder just the little barkers but when I open the door there is Zorro waiting to see who it is.

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    • My 9-lb. cat is my Early Warning Intruder System. With a hearing many times better than humans, he growls even before someone opens the garden gate.

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      • some kitties are really doggies inside…we had one like that who lived across the street and would come play with our little Schnauzer Jenny. His name was Spuds and he was the nicest sweetest cat I ever knew. He and Jenny died 3 mos. apart…really broke our hearts.

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      • LOL….I had a cat many years ago Dr. E…who would jump a person at my door whom he didn’t know/trust…..(like, uninvited solicitors) he was about 9 lb, too…..my “attack cat,” but nowadays…a litter I adopted 3 yr ago…are all about 15 lb each 🙂 and they are marshmallows–are my loves….BUT a previous adoption to this, &my NOW all -consuming “Curriculum Advisory Council”.management job at the district was…a weird single “attack cat….” and since she lives in our kitchen/dining room/ family room….that’s where her “protected” territory is……She has challenged person entering “”her” area (notably by jumping onto their shoulers upon theit entry into “her” domain). Then we have to gently introduce ea. “new” relative to her.

        Going to Bed. Praise God.

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      • At one time here in Memphis we had a guard company who had Dogs and Cats for rent to protect your business.

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  6. BTW-She’s an Aussie Shepherd/Chow,well behaved but has a stubborn streak a foot wide.

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  7. My vet has told me this for years. The smaller the dog, the meaner and more destructive they are.

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  8. Every Chihuahua I have ever been acquainted with was meaner than shiite!
    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

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    • Could it be they’re unhappy with the life they were in? Seriously, I think some ‘breeds’ are so overbred that poor dispositions become inherited, in default to ‘proper’ conformation, colours, stride, etc., none of which create personality. Just saying…. I once had the Peninsula Prince of Pomeranians as my #1 son for almost 14 yrs since birth, and now Dakota, a Dwarf Spitz, whose 10 lbs will be 8 yrs on August 30th. I bought the paper plates for his b’day party yesterday: it will be a deck BBQ w/steak for the World’s Most Affectionate Companion in the 10 lb class.

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      • Could be. I’ve met people since “Chico” died with Chihuahuas (especially the long-haired kind) that were mellow and very lovable. I’ve had dogs all my life. Al kinds and sizes. I love them all.

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        • And God & Heaven has blessed you for it. Excuse my Christian bias, but I think you already know it.

          Our furry-faced friends keep us centered, as St Francis knew and wrote. I can NEVER forgive the miserable PoS who eat dogs & cats, or who kill dogs after faithful service, as hunters in Spain do, to ‘save’ Winter feeding expenses. And in an RC predominant nation!! It’s part of the reason a Civil War was fought when I was yet unborn. Franco won, so there are still hunter-dog killers. I’m biased.

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  9. My dog would’ve stuck around, but may not have taken any action other than barking, not unless I pretended to get him jealous, by “hugging” a would-be assailant – lol!

    My sister had her own German Shepherd that would probably want to play fetch with the invader – he looked very intimidating, but was totally laid-back.

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  10. Many years ago, when I lived in Emeryville 1964, a galaxy far away, our modest cottage was diagonally sited from a black African American who trained German Shepards for the Oakland Police [not sure about Berkeley]. Every Saturday morning an Oakland cop car arrived at 9:00 w/2 or more cops, who then stood 35 feet away and watched the trainer put their trainee dogs through their paces. It was quite a show, and sometimes very loud.

    Our neighbourhood was about 50% black African Americans, 10% old-time Italian Americans dying off, and a mix of everything else. There were no complaints from anyone about the noises: it was futile directed to Oakland Police. Not much changes in 50 years, does it? You get my drift.

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  11. traildustfotm

    That is about what I expected. Some little dogs are surprisingly ferocious. When I was a kid with a paper route, the dogs that were the biggest hassle were the smallest ones!

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  12. That’s a problem, for sure, but when I was a kid with a paper route, the dogs that were the biggest hassle were the ones that didn’t pay their $2.50/month Chicago Tribune bill!

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