mr.garrett2 wrote:Ok so it can be said that the agressive/protectiveness is to the individual. However, I have a valid question for those that have or have had kids/grandkids and Chessies: would you trust your dog to play with little ones? I have heard from a few already, but I am curious if you would trust your chessie with your children/grandchildren? For instance...tonight I looked over to see my son riding our current dog like a "horsey" and she didn't even move; not that it was ok it just happened. I only ask because I am seriously considering a chessie. I like a little fire in my dogs except when it comes to my kids.
O.D.Lid wrote:Every chessie i have known has bitten! Many different owners many different scenario's!
O.D.Lid wrote:I'll admit I haven't known that many chessie's but i do run field trials and hunt test so I have been around many. It is a general feeling among most dog people and it seems here on this forum that chessies are protective to point of being aggressive. Just my experience with the few I have known. Didn't mean to offend.
stut8500 wrote:Also, anyone had any luck with sending Chessies off for professional training, or do they need to be trained by the owner?
Dawnsearlylight wrote:stut8500 wrote:I would like to hear more about the drunk stumbling in and getting attacked. I bet that's a pretty good story, and I find it pretty interesting the dog can determine a threat. My lab would of met them at the door with tail wagging and looking for a good pet. Very big sweet heart of a dog.
I was sick and sleeping on the couch near the front door, which no one ever uses. I woke up to the sound of someone fumbling around trying to open the door and my 100+ male on alert in front of it, quiet as a mouse. The guy finally opened the door, the dog said "bring it" and let him in get all the way in, determined he did not belong there and launched. It wound up with the guy flat on his back and the dog on top of him and lot of noise, I touched the dog and said "leave it" and he immediately broke off and sat next to me. The guy was so drunk he made a wrong turn heading home and wound up at my house instead of his own. There wasn't a mark on him except for a bruise where he hit the door sill, but it sounded like he was being disemboweled between him screeching and the dog roaring. He did sober up rather quickly once he saw Jesus and had fecal matter in his pants.
The only other time someone came in the front door at night was when my nephew used that door once, dog did the same thing and silently let him in, recognized him as "friend" and turned around and went back to bed, probably disappointed at no joy in that case.
Also had an incident with my current boy, guy I hunt with showed up with a big box of fast-grass for me, pounded on the door and threw it open and came in, completely hidden behind the box. Cirrus came by me like a shot with the nastiest growl I have ever heard from a dog and was right on top of the guy when he yelled the dog's name, the dog turned the aggression off like a light switch and started doing his happy dance. I have never seen a dog make a judgement and totally alter his behavior that quickly, and I have no idea what would have happened had the guy not spoken, nothing like that has occurred before or since.
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