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Why Do Dogs Guard Vehicles?

 

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There is no doubt that you have probably seen a dog in a car while you were out and about and thought to yourself, “What a well-mannered dog.  I should go speak to him.” Just as you approach that well-mannered dog, he goes crazy. That dog does not want anything to do with you except to maybe eat you for lunch.

Why do dogs guard a vehicle? Is it really a brilliant idea to go up to a strange dog that is in a car or even to knock on the car window while the dog is inside?

The first thing you should realize is that the dog can bite you while it is in the vehicle. That dog is not fooling around.  It does not matter if that dog is a cute teacup poodle or a giant Mastiff, when the dog starts barking, growls at you or shows his teeth he is just as sincere as a dog who is intent on defending  his house. As a matter of fact, that dog is only worried about defending his turf. The dog may not be in his own home, however he is attempting to defend his owner’s premises and he is aware of it. This is the place where his owner has left him and he believes it is his job to guard the car until his owner comes back. This is general knowledge that any dog knows by instinct. And he is aware that you should not be approaching that vehicle unless his owner gives the okay.

If you wish to prevent the dog barking at you or biting you, then look at the situation seriously from the dog’s point of view. You may be attempting to be friendly, however the dog is trying to guard the property of his owner.

Even though a dog may have a relaxed attitude in his home when a person knocks on the door, when the dog is in a vehicle they may feel as though they are in a strange place. They will have windows all around them which may be nerve wracking. If a strange person approaches they will act in defense. The least the dog would do is bark.  If a strange person was to attempt to reach inside and pet the dog, the dog is very likely to bite.

When you leave your dog in your vehicle you should not expect him to remain relaxed and calm while you are gone. It’s possible that some dogs may be relaxed, however but other dogs may be anxious while you are away. Any dog may bark while being left alone in the car.  If you travel quite a bit with your dog and he becomes accustomed to being left alone,  in your vehicle, then he may have a more relaxed attitude when left there, still it is likely that he will become upset if a stranger should approach.

If your dog should become protective of the vehicle while you remain in the car then you should be able to have your dog pay attention to you and get him to stop barking. When you are present in the car and a stranger approaches, your dog should be able to relax in the car. You should be able to speak to other people when your dog is present in the car without any overreaction.

However, when it comes to a dog guarding their owner’s vehicle while the owner is away, this is considered normal behavior for a dog. Your dog understands that he needs to protect his territory and his owner’s property from any intruder. In this situation it is not smart to disturb a dog.

There is no doubt that you have probably seen a dog in a car while you were out and about and thought to yourself, “What a well-mannered dog.  I should go speak to him.” Just as you approach that well-mannered dog, he goes crazy. That dog does not want anything to do with you except to maybe eat you for lunch.

Why do dogs guard a vehicle? Is it really a brilliant idea to go up to a strange dog that is in a car or even to knock on the car window while the dog is inside?

The first thing you should realize is that the dog can bite you while it is in the vehicle. That dog is not fooling around.  It does not matter if that dog is a cute teacup poodle or a giant Mastiff, when the dog starts barking, growls at you or shows his teeth he is just as sincere as a dog who is intent on defending  his house. As a matter of fact, that dog is only worried about defending his turf. The dog may not be in his own home, however he is attempting to defend his owner’s premises and he is aware of it. This is the place where his owner has left him and he believes it is his job to guard the car until his owner comes back. This is general knowledge that any dog knows by instinct. And he is aware that you should not be approaching that vehicle unless his owner gives the okay.

If you wish to prevent the dog barking at you or biting you, then look at the situation seriously from the dog’s point of view. You may be attempting to be friendly, however the dog is trying to guard the property of his owner.

Even though a dog may have a relaxed attitude in his home when a person knocks on the door, when the dog is in a vehicle they may feel as though they are in a strange place. They will have windows all around them which may be nerve wracking. If a strange person approaches they will act in defense. The least the dog would do is bark.  If a strange person was to attempt to reach inside and pet the dog, the dog is very likely to bite.

When you leave your dog in your vehicle you should not expect him to remain relaxed and calm while you are gone. It’s possible that some dogs may be relaxed, however but other dogs may be anxious while you are away. Any dog may bark while being left alone in the car.  If you travel quite a bit with your dog and he becomes accustomed to being left alone,  in your vehicle, then he may have a more relaxed attitude when left there, still it is likely that he will become upset if a stranger should approach.

If your dog should become protective of the vehicle while you remain in the car then you should be able to have your dog pay attention to you and get him to stop barking. When you are present in the car and a stranger approaches, your dog should be able to relax in the car. You should be able to speak to other people when your dog is present in the car without any overreaction.

However, when it comes to a dog guarding their owner’s vehicle while the owner is away, this is considered normal behavior for a dog. Your dog understands that he needs to protect his territory and his owner’s property from any intruder. In this situation it is not smart to disturb a dog.

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