Ferocious Dogs and Bullies as Protectors
It’s just before midnight, you are fast asleep when you are awoken by a crash downstairs. Your three year old American Bully is lying next to your bed and let’s out a startled bark, but doesn’t move towards the door.
There is another noise and your Bully let’s out a series of barks and the barking is followed by an opening door followed by a loud slam.
You immediately call the police and come to find out that you were the victim of a home invasion. You quickly praise your Bully as a hero, but can’t help but to think what would have happened had the intruder made his way upstairs to your bedroom. Would your hero have saved you, or hidden behind your legs?
The American Bully and it’s fellow bully brothers are often portrayed in the media as ferocious dogs that are capable and more than willing to dismember a human being.
The truth is quite the opposite in most cases. Bully breeds are peaceful and most would rather lick an intruder to death, rather than bite them. The American Pit Bull Terrier who is most often the victim to the media portrayal of a monster or one of the ferocious dogs, was actually selectively bred for generations to remove any aggression towards humans.
A bark is often all an owner can expect to get from it’s American Pit Bull Terrier in the face of a threat. The public often confuses ferocious dogs, dog aggression with human aggression. The fact that some Bull Breeds were bred to fight other dogs, often makes the public believe that they would also be aggressive towards humans. This is a myth and has been proven wrong on a number of occasions.
Now there are individuals that have trained their Bully Breed in personal protection and not being ferocious dogs, and have done well in doing so. With the right training and motivation any dog can be trained to bite and protect it’s owner.
Certain breeds of course have been bred to excel at doing so. The sheer size of most guardian breeds give them an advantage in protecting a human from a human. Other breeds are intelligent and agile enough to perform the task. Training an animal to protect an individual is a complicated task.
It’s about trust and drive to see the job to it’s conclusion, yet at the same time being disciplined enough to release when the threat has ceased being a threat. Some Bully breeds have done well in this type of training, and have received high marks in controlled obedience trials that included bite work, and personal protection.
In cases where Bully breeds have been encouraged to be aggressive towards humans or ferocious dogs, by backyard training methods, the results have occasionally been tragic. These trainers train the dogs to view every human being as a threat. The dog is basically trained to fear strangers and attack people, before the human does harm to them.
This type of training for ferocious dogs is detrimental to the entire breed because if the dog ever gets loose, it has lost the willingness to approach strangers with the possibility of a positive outcome. The dogs can not, and do not differentiate between adult and child. Children often fall victim to these overly aggressive dogs, and the media often fails to report that the owners of the animals encouraged and provoked the behavior. These type incidents are what often spearhead breed specific legislation in areas where these bites occur.
Training of course is different than just an innate ability and desire to protect an owner and it’s property. This is where a lot of bullies fall short. By nature they are not wound to simply attack a stranger, in fact they should be more likely to lick and embrace an attacker rather than attack. However, Bully Breeds in general have been known to be highly in tune with their masters.
The anxiety felt between the bully and a frightened owner is usually enough to cause the dog to sense something wrong and prepare itself to protect it’s own. There are stories of Bully breeds not only protecting their families, but dying in the process.
There really is no sure way of knowing what your bully will do in the event of an attack. The only way to really find out what would happen is experiencing something horrible. The best thing about a bully breed is the negative stigma put out to the public via the media.
Most individuals perceive the breeds associated with the “Pit Bull” as formidable, ferocious dogs and just having one in your home may dissuade some criminals from trying to enter, but unless properly trained an individual should never intend for their house pet to protect them. Your Bully will hopefully be enough of a deterrent just being a formidable canine.