GUARD DOGS Myth: “A dog locked away in a dark small box will be a fierce guard dog at night” – WRONG!

Guard Dog in Rural Kenya

Let’s be realistic and not expect our dogs to shield us from armed thieves. The primary use of a guard dog is to bark when strangers are around and alert you so you can take action.

Guard Dog in Rural Kenya

Guard Dog in Rural Kenya

MYTH

“A dog locked away in a dark small box will be a fierce guard dog at night”

TRUTH

First of all, it is ILLEGAL to keep a dog permanently chained or confined in a box.

Dogs have a natural behaviour. Dogs in the wild live and interrelate with the pack they live in. They also have their own established territory, and become aggressive when strange dogs enter it. They will drive them away or sometimes even kill them.

 


RESULTS OF SUCH MYTHS

Myths like the above result in untold suffering of the dog and angry owners as the dog is seen as unwilling to ‘perform his job’. Often the results are:

1. Frustrated and unpredictable behaviour

  • A dog that is unable to mark territory will be scared and insecure.
  • A dog which has ‘rested’ all day will be hyperactive and unpredictable.

2. Depression and unhappiness because the dog:

  • Is lying in his own dirt.
  • Doesn’t know his pack (family) and is therefore unable to bond.
  • Lacks interaction and affection. He is lonely and bored.

3. Curtailed instincts and a lack of (or bad) training can result in a dangerous dog and can lead to:

  • Death or injury of a person or other animal
  • Death of the dog (euthanasia)
  • Getting a new dog and restarting the same cycle
Dogs have a natural behaviour and interrelate with the pack they live in.

Dogs have a natural behaviour and interrelate with the pack they live in.

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