Home Invasion: Despite popular belief, not all dogs are natural protectors of their homes and owners. The loyalty and protective instincts of a dog can vary greatly depending on factors such as breed, size, temperament, and training.
To put the common notion that “a dog is always the best defense system” to the test, Inside Edition conducted an experiment using several different breeds and sizes of dogs. This article will dive deeper into the study and examine whether your furry friend would indeed be willing to defend you during a home invasion.
The Staged Burglaries: Would Dogs Defend Their Owners? #
To carry out the experiment, Inside Edition teamed up with professional trainers Nate Bonilla and Michael D’Abruzzo from K9-1 Specialized Dog Training. Several staged break-ins were organized in various families’ houses who owned dogs believed to have some level of protective ability.
The goal was to gauge the reactions of these pets during a simulated home invasion scenario, analyzing whether they would try to guard their owners or flee instead.
Dogs Fleeing from Danger?
During one of the tests, a pair of dogs – one small and one large – exhibited unexpected responses when faced with a staged burglar breaking into their home. Instead of taking a defensive stance, both dogs fled rapidly in search of safety, leaving their owner unprotected against the intruder.
Perry the Labrador’s Response
Another trial involved Perry, a 5-year-old yellow Labrador reputed for being loyal and brave around her owner. However, when confronted with danger posed by the staged robber, Perry headed directly for the door rather than attempting to stand her ground and protect her owner. Despite the cutthroat reputation of the Labrador breed, Perry failed to demonstrate any willingness to defend her human during this unnerving event.
Ruby’s Unsuccessful Attempt to Protect Her Owner
During another home invasion scenario, a 4-year-old pit bull/Labrador mix named Ruby was put to the test. Although Ruby displayed curiosity when the fake intruder broke in, she seemed hesitant and ultimately unwilling to confront the attacker head-on.
The Exception: Frodo and Eikamp #
Interestingly enough, not all the dogs in Inside Edition’s experiment exhibited timid responses to intruders entering their homes without permission. Frodo, a small dog, showed remarkable courage during a simulated break-in. Alongside Eikamp, his canine partner, they confronted the intruder.
D’Abruzzo dubbed them “two little warriors” for their bravery. Together, they ensured their territory remained protected and intruder-free.
Home Invasion: Understanding Your Dog’s Protective Instincts #
This experiment from Inside Edition demonstrates that the innate protective instincts of dogs can greatly vary based on numerous factors. Whether your dog would take a defensive stance or flee the scene entirely during an attempted robbery is uncertain. Consequently, relying solely on your pet for protection may be unwise.
Professional trainers, like those at K9-1, can shape a dog’s response to danger. To make your pup a reliable protector, invest time and patience in proper training.
Can your dog really protect you in the event of a home invasion? #
Inside Edition’s experiment highlights the importance of knowing your dog’s traits and training. Some dogs, like Frodo and Eikamp, may defend their owners bravely. However, others might not act as expected in emergencies. Knowing your dog and seeking expert training, like K9-1’s, can prepare them better.
But assuming all pets will naturally protect their owners can be overly optimistic.