I visited a friend a couple weeks ago and was reminded of something.
As he notices himself, the local street thugs seem to detect when his body hurts more than usual and has a bit more trouble than usual moving around. But they also notice the big white dog next to him, that looks just like a Dogo Argentino but is actually a white Pitbull and Boxer mix.
On a different note, during the tactical entry course I took last weekend, dogs where also mentioned. Unfortunately we couldn’t bring along the dog they had, the instructor thought it wasn’t wise to introduce the dog to new “team members” during a thundering storm (it was pouring rain). We were told that the Rotty works well in teams, even with new guys, given that it differentiates good guys and bad guys based on the body language and the way you move.
Too bad we couldn’t try it out but again, I was reminded of the importance of having a canine partner for security both at home and on the streets.
This is a pretty good idea and something worth thinking about seriously, specially as we grow older in an increasingly violent society.
We’re not going to be young forever, and eventually we lose speed, strength and reflexes. A canine partner can compensate for that on the streets.
Its of course better if you get started now, learn how to handle big dogs, have at least a couple around at home.
You need to find a breed that is both intimidating and capable of developing a defensive/security role.
Also very important, you need to have the right “alpha” personality to handle these strong animals well, so that they understand their place in the “pack”.
Too many accidents occur because old women (or sometimes sissy guys) treat the dog like a person. You can get away doing that with a French poodle, the dog taking a leading position in the family, but do that with a big strong dog and it will attack family members or others when it feels they aren’t obeying him.
Certainly not for the novice, but well worth considering and investing some time. You also get to have some company, and an excellent excuse to walk more and exercise.