Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Six Month Old "Guard Dog"?

Snoopy, a 6-month-old German shepherd, was killed early Monday while guarding a construction yard in west Orlando.

Snoopy and a Doberman pinscher were held in a pen during the day and released by a ripcord when the last employee left at night…

This is the most insane K9 story I’ve read in a long while.

First off, a 6 month old dog is too young to guard anything. It can’t stand up for itself in a fight.

Second, guard dogs are OBSOLETE!! It is too easy to kill a guard dog, working alone without a human handler… as we see in this article. The day of the guard dog, working without a human handler, is over.

Tell me, how is a 6 month old dog supposed to fight off an attacker, especially one armed with a semi-automatic pistol? Yes, there was another dog present, but once the other (I assume adult) dog is dead, what is the younger dog supposed to do? Now, maybe the idea was that the older dog would help “train” the younger dog, and in a sense, I’m sure some of that can happen. But, this is what happens when dogs are put up against an armed intruder… the dog dies. And you have to wonder why the other dog wasn’t killed. Did it run away after the first dog was shot and killed?

I’d sure like to know, from the K9 company hired to deploy these dogs, what their rationale was for this kind of thing. On the face of it, it boggles the mind.

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