All Bark and No Bite – Dogs Lose Their Bravery When Gate is Opened

Being a guard dog is hard work. I have to keep watch all the time and make sure that no one comes into my property without permission. It’s a thankless job, but one that I carry with pride. My owner has charged me with protecting the area, and that’s precisely what I do.

My job would be so much easier if the neighborhood wasn’t full of other dogs who are always trying to start trouble. Every day, they come around to hassle me and try and get inside.

But, I always stand my ground.

Sure, there’s a fence between us, but that doesn’t mean much. I could keep all the riff-raff out without the fence – I’m just that tough. One time, I took on a whole squad of rottweilers, and I didn’t even get a scratch.

And they know it, too.

How does the saying go? A dog’s bark is worse than his bite? While I don’t like to bite anyone, I won’t hesitate to show them who’s boss. Just let them try to cross the fence into MY territory.

Oh, it looks like my owner is coming home. He has to get through the fence.

Here I’m telling these “ruff”ians to scram if they know what’s good for them. They need to make way so that my owner can drive in without running them over. Of course, he’s always pretty careful, but some of these dogs are small and may get trapped under the tires if they’re not paying attention.

As you can see, they’re already listening. My work is done, so I start to head back to the house. That’s what being a good boy (and a good guard dog) is all about.

Oh, what’s that? You have something else to say? Why don’t you say it to my face? Yeah, that’s what I thought!

With these neighborhood dogs, you have to be tough at all times. As soon as you give them an inch, they’ll walk all over you, no leash necessary. These mutts respect me so much that they honor the boundary, even when the fence is open.

That’s how you know I’m a good guard dog. I’ll be sure to pee on the border again later, just in case they forget who runs the place.
After all, they’ll all be back tomorrow, and we’ll do the whole thing over again.

It’s a ruff job, but someone has to do it.