A stranger enters your house.
- runs and hides
- barks her head off or bites the intruder
- wags for joy
Which did you pick? And how sure are you?
What Dogs Do When Strangers Break In
A news station asked several dog people what their pets would do in case of a break in. Then they tested the dogs by having a dog trainer in a bite suit enter the house and caught the results on film.
Here’s what happened:
What a Real Break In Looks Like
This test made fun television. But it didn’t mean anything related to a real break in.
Burglary is something I know a little bit about. I don’t remember how many times we were broken into in Philadelphia. I only really remember the times we caught the thief in the house.
But here’s what I do know:
- Thieves look for low-hanging fruit. If they hear a barking dog, most will move on.
- The really bad guys won’t hesitate to kill a dog if he’s standing in the way of something they really want.
Oh, and I know one more thing. If you want to keep your stuff safe, buy good locks. Or a burglar alarm.
And let your dog do her job—being your best friend.
Do you rely on your dog for protection? Do you think he’s up to the job?
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