Your Protective Dog and Those Who Require Access to Your Home

I’m planning a new dog fence, and this has brought a subject to mind:

Keeping Uniformed Visitors Safe From Your Dog

It’s not safe to assume that your dog would never bite anyone.  It may be unlikely, but just about any dog will react aggressively if somehow it does feel threatened. Also, you may not know what your dog is like when you are not there.

Years ago I had one of the most social, lovable dogs in the world, a dog who I thought was a terrible watchdog. Once when I was home alone he looked out the window and growled softly but he didn’t bark. For an hour. What ever he was looking at, at the time I truly wanted him to bark! But he was everybody’s friend, not a protector type of guy.  Or so I thought.  Then one day a friend told me that he had come by to drop off a forgotten jacket as a favor. He told me that, finding I wasn’t home, he opened up the front door of my little cabin to reach inside and toss the jacket onto a chair, but “Alako nearly took my arm off!” I was shocked to hear this. My friend wasn’t actually hurt, just scared by my dog, but I could hardly imagine Alako being so protective! The experience taught me how little I knew.

It’s just a natural thing for a dog to protect his or her territory.  The safest thing is to assume that your dog would bite an intruder and go from there.

Emergency personnel are among the rare people in uniform who may come to your home and not be “successfully scared away” on a regular basis by your dog.  When the mail carrier or meter reader comes and quickly leaves again,  your dog may feel responsible for the departure. But when a medic comes in to examine you, this is a very different and potentially stressful situation for your pet. It’s confusing. Are these people harming you? Your dog doesn’t know.

The safest bet is to close your dog in another room or otherwise secure them, if possible,  before emergency services arrive at your home.

When planning for a first dog or new dog enclosure, don’t forget to keep your postal carrier and PUD meter reader in mind. The meter reader will need you to keep your dog confined and away from the meter during a pre-arranged several day window. If you can keep your dog fence enclosure away from your mailbox and your PUD meter, you are ahead of the game.


Further Reading:

Helping Dogs Cope With Visitors in General

Emergency Pet Checklist (Keep in mind that many emergency personnel say window stickers are ignored because they are often out of date and their presence doesn’t change procedure at all.)

Photo: Sahali