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I love their guard dog instincts!
  • wliu003wliu003
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    So my fraternity had a bbq this weekend at one of the local parks and I brought Kelly. My other fraternity brother brought his pitbull/boxer mix. They didn't really get along. The boxer was extremely hyper and Kelly got a little aggressive so we ended up separating them for a bit. We tied them to near by pillars so they can be near enough to socialize but not near enough to keep fighting (supervised ofcousre.)

    Anyway, the real point of my post. So while we were eating and sitting at the table next to them, a, for the lack of a better word, stranger walked by slowly. And both dogs immediately locked their eyes on him. They followed his movements without blinking. As soon as the guy took another step closer to us Kelly let out a strong and confident bark. Everyone there complimented us on both of our dogs for their watchdog abilities.

    Now, I am not saying that the stranger was a threat to us at all, he was just on the phone walking by without any suspicious behavior (to us at least). But I thought it was cool that Shiba's have such a strong guard dog instinct that if they don't know someone or someone that is approved by their master, they are suspicious.
    Post edited by curlytails at 2012-10-23 10:28:48
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  • jakkiharejakkihare
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    Its great our shibas look out for us isn't it not so much now but in the house if leo heard the slightest sound he would bark away at whatever it was he doesnt do it much in our house but if we stay over somewhere he does it every 5 mins it can get a little frustrating especially if your trying to sleep and don't want to wake the whole place up...
    When we are on dog walks with lots of other dogs if leo sees a hill walker he will march right up to them and bark bark bark this can be a bit of a night mare as people think your dog is crazy and i feel like i gotta explain myself usually i dont really care what people think especially on a walk with a few other dogs you get the odd person " oh you have alot of dogs" "got your hands full" "GET YOUR EFFING DOG AWAY FROM ME" hahah but hey shibas are the best and im glad Leo looks after me!!
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    Post edited by Rikka at 2012-10-23 10:23:02
  • BootzBootz
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    @Rikka, wow he caught on to somebody following you in a car?!?! and wtheck >_> thats scary.

    Jackie is very good at barking up a storm when she sees somebody at night, but I always say "its ok, i see them" and she calms down. Bootz rarely barks and one time I was walking the dogs, my bf met us up along the way, it was dark out and he had a hoodie on. Bootz stopped and gave a loud bark. Of course i laughed hella hard, but glad to know she was on guard :)

    Oh and since we're on this topic...one time my bf and I were in a verbal fight. Well mainly he's complaining/yelling. Jackie went to hide :( cause she couldn't handle it. Bootz hopped on the couch laid next to me and was staring my bf down. She didn't growl or showed teeth cause she loves him just as much :) but glad to see she took my side!
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    Post edited by Rikka at 2012-10-23 20:29:10
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  • Post edited by shibamistress at 2012-10-24 00:44:35
  • redcattooredcattoo
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    All I know is my Bear is NOT a great alarm dog ... he likes to bark at my vases of flowers on top of the china cabinet if the formal living room is dark, he likes to bark at a bush at the end of our street during our pre-bed walk, he likes to bark at himself in our sliding glass doors, he likes to bark at our male cat Rockie trying to get to play at all hours of the night, and recently we have discovered he even barks sometime when he is fast asleep (like a human who talks in their sleep I guess).

    Like the boy who cried wolf, we don't believe him anymore when we hear him bark ... we have never had a situation where he or the family was in any jeopardy, I imagine then we would know the difference and hear a real alarm bark, but for now hope to never find out what a real alarm bark would be like.
    Post edited by redcattoo at 2012-10-24 11:17:13
  • MacMac
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    My guy isnt much of a guard dog. The roomies like it when he barks if someone knocks but he doesnt usually.

    the few times he has been on the patio and barked at someone he was trying to get their attention to pet him. He even wiggles his butt and struts all cute trying to engage them. And when they don't he grumbles and huffs off.
  • britkotsubritkotsu
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    It has been 2 years and I still haven't heard Kishi bark. She is not a good watch or guard dog. If someone came near her she is uncomfortable with, which rarely ever happens, she runs as fast as she can and doesn't look back, lol. I need a GSD or AA I guess.
  • BrandyBrandy
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    With the weather changing here in Phoenix, I can now open windows. Brandy is hearing new sounds, and its pretty funny watching her be so protective. I also love it that she just bark when others dogs around are. So you know when she is on guard I like to look and show her everything is ok...
  • ArcticArctic
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    Sansa doesn't guard at all. She doesn't bark when people approach out door. When someone walks into the house she runs to the door to great them and try to get attention. Never barks. She loves everyone! That's ok with me, though.
  • xena_inuxena_inu
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    with xena she's more friendly than anything, but when it comes to strangers by our windows she'll let the whole world know, and then shell try and growl at them like saying back away from the window LOL if anything shes so much more protective toward other dogs near me my brother or my husband... i do kinda wish she was a bit more protective toward humans though...but then again i love that i can take her anywhere and not have to worry about her being mean..sigh just cant have it all LOL
  • BootzBootz
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    Bumping this thread with some questions.

    So Bootz is 2-3 months short of her 3rd birthday. Bootz is a very aloof and mellow dog. I've been living in my current house for about 6 months. Recently I've noticed she's been more protective of the house, and doing things i've never seen her do at my parents house (where I raised her as a puppy).

    1. She had started growling at any dog that comes by our house. She would hear them coming, run to the front door and start growling/barking.

    2. Our neighbors golden (who ran into our house before uninvited) she tried to chase/run down, and it wasn't to play!!

    3. Another neighbor of ours has a West Highland White Terrier that would always bark and jump at the door when we walk by its house. My husband walked Bootz the other day and met him for the first time. Bootz tried to attack him...which is the first time Bootz has EVER tried to attack anything...

    The common factor I see is the house. I noticed when I take the "house" factor out, she acts just fine - at hiking trails and dog parks. I am just curious if any other Shiba owner has the same problem, is there something I should do? Is this how it would be for the rest of her life? Can this get worst?

    Thanks!
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  • BootzBootz
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    @sunyata wow that is a big change. How are you and your dogs handling it?

    Glad to know this is normal. It was just very odd for me to see since Bootz is very passive. I live in a Townhouse community...so we are not as spaced out as we would like, and there is no front yard. We can put up a gate but I don't think its necessary. All the owners here walk their dogs on leash. It just so happened that one morning, my neighbor "thought" he had control over his golden, walked him off leash, and I HAPPENED to open the door to take my girls out at the same time they passed my house.

    Next house definitely has to have a yard :(
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  • AntoinetteAntoinette
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    Quake is an excellent watch dog!!! He is also very protective of me and makes sure to check people out when we are walking whether it's during the day or at night. I always stay in well lighted and populated areas especially in the winter when it's dark but it's great knowing that Quake is always alert and ready to protect me. I also keep an eye out for anyone who looks suspicious because I would not want to put my angel Quake in a bad position. I do carry pepper spray just in case we would ever need it.
  • BootzBootz
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    So...I walked Bootz and Jackie last night in our neighborhood.

    Another golden (not the same one from before) was walking offleash and spotted Bootz and Jackie from down the block. It started running towards us at full speed, not responding to any of the owner's commands ( "NO! COME BACK, STOP" ). Bootz and Jackie already saw it coming, so there was no way for us to sprint away.

    Jackie stood near me, barking her head off. Bootz stood her ground in front of me, the hair on her back was stiff, her teeth baring, tail up and was barking at the golden.

    Luckily, the golden stopped, a feet away from Bootz. The golden was confused as to why Bootz was barking, and wanted to greet hello. I was very surprised but proud at the same time. Bootz was not afraid. She did not attack the Golden, but was very clear and told the Golden to back up.

    How I handled the situation: When i saw the golden, I tighten my grip on the leash. During all the barking, I told Bootz and Jackie to stay. They did not move, but stayed their ground. I assessed the golden and notice it was not a threat. So I told Bootz and Jackie "its ok" and "leave it". After the golden moved away from us, I rub down on the stiff Hair on Bootz back and told her "Good girl" "its ok" and directed them home.


  • @Bootz, I heard conflicting thoughts on "strange dog charging". I heard you should drop the leash so the dog has more freedom to defend itself and is thus unlikely to panic? was that just internet nonsense?

    (and you know I am NOT criticizing you or how you handled this, right? Its more of a general edification question)
    Post edited by BanjoTheBetaDog at 2014-05-05 15:09:41
  • BootzBootz
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    @BanjoTheBetaDog

    I think that is "internet nonsense". Offleash "freedom" will not help the situation. If I had let go of the leash, there would be no difference for me since Bootz and Jackie do very well with my verbal commands.

    HOWEVER, I can't say the same for anybody else's dog. If it was a reactive dog with no offleash reliability...Their Shiba will be attacking the charging dog, and it would be very bad.
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    I just need to outrun you... lol
  • BootzBootz
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    Ok so...different situation happen last night.

    Husband and I were walking Bootz and Jackie. Husband was with Bootz on lead about 50 feet away from me. I was with Jackie, offleash, playing fetch.

    Out of nowhere my husband was yelling to me in a very low/soft tone and all i heard was "Jackie". So i looked over and said "what babe? i can't hear you" he looked at me then pointed at the other direction. I looked over and saw a chihuahua 30 feet from them, then 10 feet behind the chihuahua was an aggressive looking pitbull.

    This was the same Pitbull/Chihuahua pair my housemate mentioned to me about before - they stalked him a couple times when he returned home late, and sometimes he had to wait in his car before they leave.

    I quickly panicked. I called Jackie over and secured her in my arms. My husband was trying to get Bootz to back away, but her paws were firmly planted in the ground, and she was in a stare lock with the pitbull. I quickly walked over to my husband and recalled her. Then we backed away while keeping an eye on the pitbull.


    I was definitely frighten, but i'm thinkin.. what I could/should do if I was walking both dogs alone, and we were approached/attacked by an aggressive dog. I had a discussion with kumaDude, and one of the things he pointed out was to whip/hit the dog with the leash. Not sure if that would work...but it didn't cross my mind. First thing I would instinctively do is try to put my two dogs behind me and kick the aggressive dog, but knowing Bootz, she will try to jump in front and protect me :(


    oh and FYI. This infamous pair only comes out at night, and animal control only work regular hours i think?
    Post edited by Bootz at 2014-05-22 12:33:17
  • AntoinetteAntoinette
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    @Booz-I am sorry you've had those encounters while walking your Shibas. I had an incident while walking Quake last night. An unleashed dog that looked like a Golden came charging at Quake out of the blue. Quake started to bark and growl and stood his ground right next to me. I tried to get in front of Quake and yelled at the dog but Quake went up right next to me. I then saw the owner come up and I yelled at him "come leash your dog now or I'll spray him!"!!! I had pulled my dog deterrent pepper spray out and was aiming it. The dog's owner didn't say anything but he did get his dog and he put a leash on him and walked away. I walked away with Quake. This is the second time that same unleashed dog has charged at Quake and the last time I quickly stepped in front and yelled at the dog and he went away. I would only use the pepper spray as a last resort but there is no way I will allow Quake to be attacked. Quake was attacked by a Bull Mastiff six weeks after my son adopted him and sustained two serious bites. That probably the reason Quake is reactive to other dogs now although not all other dogs. I feel safer having the pepper spray with me even though like I said before it is meant to be used only as a last resort.
  • zandramezandrame
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    @Bootz, we more often encounter coyotes at night than stray dogs, but I would approach it the same way. The animals could be dangerous, so we try not to walk alone at night. We bring a knife, short stick (and a black belt who can use it :p), a marine whistle, and a super bright flashlight. I've considered an air horn, and pepper spray - but I would hesitate to use the spray near ourselves and Kouda, so would try other things first. I also carry a slip lead in my treat bag in case I need to catch a dog.

    For your strays, if you have your phone on you, could you take a picture of them with flash? It probably won't scare them, but you get documentation for animal control.

    In the scenario of you being alone with an aggressive dog, I would pick Jackie up because she is so small. But likely, if a dog attacks, you won't see it coming or have much time to prepare. Kicking or hitting may work, but could also redirect the attack to you. Keeping the dog at a distance with a spray or stick would be safer.
  • BootzBootz
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    @Zandrame

    Coyotoes?! My husband sometimes work night shift so I have to walk alone :( But when I am alone, I am more on guard due to the amount of times I have encountered offleash dogs. I actually watch for Bootz body language as well, since she can hear/smell/see them before me, and tenses up while looking in their direction.

    How can you carry so much stuff?!?! I usually only have 1. leash, 2. ball, 3. treats, 4. phone, 5. keys.

    My first instinct has always been to pick Jackie up, since she is so small, and will not be able to defend herself. I think i'm more scared of, if a dog was to attack, and I had Jackie in my arms, how can i protect Bootz? (One hand would be holding Jackie, other hand will be holding Bootz leash).

    Ideally, I was thinking of letting go Bootz leash, and then trying to block the stray while trying to hold Bootz back? Also if the stray starts to bite, where would be the best spot for me to kick/hit the dog so it will weaken them and potentially scare them off?

    The park is right next to our townhouse community, so I know if i scream for help, somebody is bound to look out their window and run out after seeing the pitbull...( i hope lol ).

    At this point i'm trying to mentally train myself. FYI - We already called animal control yesterday, for a DIFFERENT pitbull my husband encountered that morning. It was friendly, offleash, alone and no tags on. One of our neighbors actually held on to it while waiting for animal control to arrive.
  • zandramezandrame
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    @Bootz, lol! Most of the stuff I carry fits in the treat bag - the slip lead is the cheap ribbon kind - got a bunch from Amazon, it sits in the bottom of the bag, underneath the ziploc of treats. The house key is in the small front pocket of the bag, along with poop bags. The flashlight is also small, and will fit too, but makes it heavy so I put it in my pocket usually. Phone is in my other back pocket. The whistle is on a neck lanyard, for easy access. Leash in one hand, and stick in the other (but only when alone. Usually the other person will hold the stick). It only gets tricky when it comes time to pick up the poop. Then the stick goes under an arm. We don't usually carry toys, but if we do, Kouda's gotta hold it. ;)

    And coyotes, yes. Thankfully we've only come across single ones, and they scare easily and turn around. We have mistaken a corgi in the bushes for a coyote, and scared the crap out of her with a combined flashlight/whistling/stick-twirling charge!

    I agree that letting Bootz go would allow you more freedom. As for where to hit a dog, I would use mostly jabs with the stick to keep distance, aiming for the face. If the dog is latched on, i would use blows to the gut, with the stick or kicking. Or pry the teeth open with the stick. But honestly, I haven't had to test this! But body blows worked for Tara the cat!

    People with more experience breaking up dog fights could share techniques. I've heard dragging a dog by the hind legs works, but I can't imagine having the opportunity to do so in a frenzy.
  • shibamistressshibamistress
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  • Damn in Australia most of the dangerous wild animals would rather avoid humans and dogs, glad we don't have to deal with that.

    I had a bad experience with off leash dogs(well one in particular that stood out). I was on my normal walk when a little yappy thing came charging towards us. Kuma never backs down and even Oslo will defend himself if he can't get away so all I could think of was "oh god my dogs are going to kill this little rat". I can break up a two dog fight ut no way could I deal with three dogs by myself. Luckily he stopped before he got to us and I quickly moved on.

    It didn't end there of course as I walked around the corner I fell through the pavement. I didn't hurt myself or let go of the dogs but it was very unexpected. After picking myself up I continued but there was a guy playing with his dog in their front yard that incidentally, was facing a major road. This dog charges us as well although this time it's bigger than both Oslo or Kuma so I'm concerned for my dogs safety. He manages to grab the dog before he gets to us and apologise for it.

    This all happened within 10min of leaving the house so I decided call it quits and go home early, it was too much stress for so little time.
  • fisticuffsfisticuffs
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    @Shibamistress That's why I carry a .38 special.
    We don't seem to have problems with unavoidant coyotes here, but we hike a lot and I'll be damned if I'm going to let anything get Kiri or I.
    @oslo_and_kuma Ugh. I get scared of an Off-leash dog ruining Kiri. I wouldn't hesitate to sue - the only way people will stop behaving irresponsibly is if you make it more painful for them to continue doing so.
  • A few weeks ago my male Shiba starts doing his I need to tinkle stare. He is naturally pretty quiet so I just get the stare when it's time, which is rare as they know their pattern of going out twice a day and rarely deviate. So I grab him and run down the stairs and he is pulling me swiftly across the yard which he rarely does. This is usually his I really need to poop pull and it made sense because he was due for a doodee. However he darts right instead of left where he normally poops. At the very same time I hear something so I look up and about 10 feet to my right-front is a bear just looking at me and Lakota. He was pulling towards the bear and with a 6 foot leash he was almost there. So I know what you are SUPPOSED to do when you see a bear. I did everything wrong. It caught me by such surprise I immediately started pulling my dog with a sort of side trot backwards as fast as I could (with him still trying to get to the bear wasn't very fast). Lakota finally gave up when I got back to the stairs. Phew....I am not sure what he planned on doing with the bear once he got to it, but I really didn't feel like finding out. My female hates bears and would have attacked it. He is always more curious than anything and was probably just going in for a sniff followed by a fake tough man growl.

    Coyotes are definitely nothing to snicker at. They are very intelligent and opportunistic. A friend of ours had their 2 year old nephew carried away by coyotes, right off the front porch with the parents in the front yard, and he was killed. They work well in groups and unlike wolves, rarely have a fear of humans. On my hikes I carry bear spray for 3 reasons none of which is a bear....people, stray packs of dogs, and coyotes. I have run into all 3 where I wish I had my bear spray, but never again.
    Post edited by oneluckymug at 2014-06-01 19:31:32
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    @oneluckymug

    what the heck? Carried off while the parents were in the front yard?!
  • AntoinetteAntoinette
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    Coyotes sound very scary and dangerous. I'm glad not to have to deal with any coyotes. However, within the last 10 days Quake and I have seen a raccoon two times. Once was in the morning around 6:30 AM during our morning walk. The next time was about 7:30 PM on Saturday evening. I live in DC and was walking Quake in a residential neighborhood! I will keep away from that street because both times the raccoon was on the same street! I do carry pepper spray all the time and would certainly use it but I'd rather avoid any altercation altogether!
  • Post edited by oneluckymug at 2014-06-02 13:33:23
  • Kobe1468Kobe1468
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  • Not sure about Canada but the state I'm in they are considered pests. You can kill them year round (during the daylight) and don't even have to report it as long as you have a hunting license. You can kill them anytime on your own property (essentially) if you believe them to be a threat. I wouldn't kill them just because they were there though. Not only should you try to avoid killing almost any animal unless you plan to consume it, they are the only thing keeping the deer population down here. Amazing animals as long as they keep their distance.

    I obviously can't say what % of the coyotes around come close, as many I probably never know are there. However, I've run into them dozens of times around here. Often within feet. Maybe it's the popularity of the hiking trails (appalachian mountain and appalachian trail) but around here they seem to not care and will confidently trot right up to you. I know California has had a lot of coyote problems. Now back in the midwest I know there were plenty of coyotes, and I heard them often, but I never saw one.

    Luckily I haven't been that close with my Shiba. In fact it seems when she has been around they have been more cautious. I have had the opposite problems with stray dogs though when Montana is hiking with me.

    Back to Shibas guarding instincts. Montana stays by me all the time. She's 9 and still follows me around like a puppy. When she sleeps in our room she sleeps essentially on top of me and always has. There is an exception though. My wife is now pregnant with our 3rd. With every pregnancy she sleeps on the other side of my wife away from me, between my wife and the door. When there is a noise or something she normally ignores it, but when my wife is pregnant and we are in bed she jumps up at every noise and go's to investigate. She returns and lays by my wifes side. She did this with our 1st 2 kids until about 2 weeks after they were born, then returns to sleeping by me.
    Post edited by oneluckymug at 2014-06-02 23:36:17
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    @shibamistress

    Looked in the window??!! wow. Lots of balls.
  • fisticuffsfisticuffs
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    @oneluckymug a BEAR? I would have peed myself! I've never seen a bear in the wild, up close or otherwise, thankfully. Coyotes in general remind me a lot of dingoes in their demeanor and build (supposedly dingoes and Shibas have a common ancestor?) It's quite impressive how your dog understands pregnancy and protects you wife during it.

    We don't live in city limits, so it's legal for us to discharge a weapon here. Though, I'd fight it like hell if we lived in city limits and was fined for killing a coywolf/coyote that I had a reasonable expectation would have harmed me.
    The worst we've encountered here is opossum and a poor terrified raccoon we'd inadvertently trapped on the trampoline one night.
    Fortunately, Portland has so much green space that they rarely venture into neighborhoods, and I'm sure the geniuses that let their cats wander outdoors keep them well-fed enough that they don't need to risk attacking a human. I was talking to a neighbor that said they were commonly in the field where I walk Kiri until a couple years ago when the homeless people moved into the woods near there. So, uh, win?

    @Kobe1468 I'd be curious what killed the big coyote - was it near the road?

    @Shibamistress Maybe it's time to invest in a small revolver? I'd be terrified to walk where you are, armed or not. Most of the coyote problems in Oregon are either a couple hours East or South of me.
    Honestly, the biggest worry we've got here is this weird malamute problem where we normally hike - 8 have been found there in the last 2 months and 4 of them killed a goat (farmer shot two, and the other two took off). The ones they have are malnourished. Sounds like a breeder off-loading to me.

    The guard instinct (along with their aloofness and compact size) was the reason I chose the Shiba breed. Kiri hasn't disappointed there - she's great at it. She alerted me to a possum in the yard a couple weeks ago.
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