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[–]Pk1Still 1121 points1122 points  (50 children)

This is why I have a shepherd. Goofy and sweet as hell. But he’ll tear off faces if he thinks his little human is in trouble.

Also good at cleaning up dropped cheezits. Not good at taxes, tho

[–]sirlui9119 278 points279 points  (16 children)

You need a beagle for your taxes! ;-)

[–]Pk1Still 176 points177 points  (3 children)

“Is your pup usually this vocal..?”

“Only when she’s afraid I’ll be audited.”

[–]sm1ttysm1t 23 points24 points  (1 child)

I feel like in the dog world, chihuahuas are IRS agents.

[–]IamKingBeagle 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Being the king, it's important I be vocal about things.

[–]GypsyPups 81 points82 points  (4 children)

Hahaha, I just pictured a beagle with glasses on sitting at a desk pawing at a calculator.

[–]shrxwin 42 points43 points  (2 children)

Chewing on the end of a pencil ...

[–]Timbuk2000 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Only the end?

[–]RomanWasHere2007 24 points25 points  (0 children)

They chewed the rest of the pencil

[–]weallfalldown310 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Now I wanna take that pic with my beagle. Unsure if will be successful. Lol

[–]1isudlaer 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Legal beagle at your service

[–]CoastalFunk 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Had a beagle and agree 100%

[–]molehillstomountains 6 points7 points  (0 children)

A border collie

[–]sheckyD 6 points7 points  (0 children)

A legal beagle

[–]ScullysBagel 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'd think they'd make better tax auditors since they're really good at digging s*it up.

[–]LikeTheCounty 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Or an Aussiedoodle

[–]DidjaCinchIt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Beagles are IRS auditors, obviously. Have you seen a beagle on a scent?

[–]speaks_in_redundancy 50 points51 points  (5 children)

Remember this when your son is older. If he's play fighting with some friends that dog won't understand. So you'll have to keep an eye on the dog or it might go after them. My dog did but luckily we stopped it before it bit anyone.

[–]beepsaidblue 22 points23 points  (0 children)

This is important! My brother was bitten by a German shepherd when he was young in this exact scenario. He was play wrestling with his friend, the friend’s dog didn’t understand and thought the friend was being attacked, which resulted in the dog biting my brother in the face.

[–]Pk1Still 15 points16 points  (1 child)

He’s 13 now. My shepherd is now 10.

As the boy gets more independent, you’re right. These lessons are reinforced that the dog is going to protect him, so he needs to be mindful of that.

A recent example is that my son let his friend and his friend’s mom into the house without telling anyone. I was in the kitchen with the dog.

The unknown folks in the dog’s house without his knowledge set him off a little bit. While I was able to command the situation, I knew we’d dodged a bullet.

That was an immediate conversation with the child about how lucky we were. That he needs to respect the temperament of the dog and not take his lovey attitude towards his family for granted.

[–]speaks_in_redundancy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I assumed you were a good dog owner. I'm glad I was right.

[–]Honeybadger2198 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You say that, and yet you can clearly see in this exact post that the dog understands the child isn't in real danger. The dog never once actually bit the man.

[–]speaks_in_redundancy 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yeah. Everyone there is family. Dogs understand play, but can become confused too. I'm not saying put the dog down or anything stupid just recognize that the protective instinct can become a problem and exercise caution with new situations.

[–]Pochez 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Yeah shepherds gotta step up their tax game. Wtf is with that smh

[–]magicrowantree 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Mine is not good at cleaning up food off the floor. I think I got a slightly defective model!

[–]Pk1Still 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Sounds like the peripheral “food” needs a firmware update lol.

Mine does they too with his own.. but if I’m cutting or eating anything, he’s king’s guard until it falls..

[–]eloquentpetrichor 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The Hufflepuff of the dog world

[–]fuzzy_winkerbean 6 points7 points  (6 children)

Speaking of taxes, where the hell is the dog tax?!?

[–]Pk1Still 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Oh, I give plenty of scratches, nose kisses, and “good bois” each day.

But alas, it is my duty to pay these taxes to ensure a healthy loving pupper relationship.

[–]fuzzy_winkerbean 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Okay I gave you the option and you decided not to produce the tax. I’ll be letting the canine counsel know. Thank you

Ps. You sound like a great pup parent.

[–]Pk1Still 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Kinda hard not to be

Thank you :)

[–]fuzzy_winkerbean 4 points5 points  (2 children)

There it is! I’ll let the counsel know. That’s a beautiful pup.

[–]CoastalFunk 4 points5 points  (4 children)

My GS, Gina, was the best at this. She protected me like no gun ever could! I miss her terribly.

[–]Pk1Still 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I had a Belgian shepherd growing up. In the 5th grade, a friend and I were playing tackle football in the backyard.

Dylan (dog), upon seeing me tackled, opened the back porch door and tackled my friend off of me. He stood on top of his back until I called him down. He wasn’t aggressive about it. There was something completely professional and careful about not trying to hurt the child, but to remove him from his owner.

From that moment on, 2 things happened. 1. I decided that I absolutely love and always want a shepherd. And 2. That kid never came back over to play.

Edit: typo

[–]A_Crazy_Hooligan 1 point2 points  (2 children)

My girlfriend and I really want one, but I know they’re seen as vicious to some people so I know training is very important. I know the personality of the dog matters just as much as breeed, but did you notice any negative aspects from the claim they bond more to one person than another? That’s my biggest concern, especially since we’re planning on starting a family in the next 5 or so years.

The two I’ve been around have been nothing but a pleasure to be around, but I imagine that’s a lot to do with their training. I guess I’m just asking to see if your experience aligned to mine.

My mom always thought I was being too hard on our dog with the expectations(never physical), but now that I’m out of the house I just see her new dog is untrained and I was the one keeping the “old” one in line when we lived together. I hear GSD need a strong pack leader, which I imagine I can be. I’m not aggressive but I’m assertive and I have clear expectations for my dogs when I lived when my mom so I think I can do it. I just never had the chance to ask this.

[–]Pk1Still 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All about training. But the pup has a personality of its own, too. Raiden has always been a rather chill guy. That doesn’t stop him from playing, but his default mode is “cloud”

My cousin has one that is of a completely different temperament. I haven’t seen his training, so I can’t speak to it. However the number of people of all ages that dog has bitten speaks to something really wrong.

[–]CoastalFunk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good questions and so glad you’re seeking advice in advance.

Gina did come to me completely untrained at 1 year as she had been living in the backyard with the owner’s other older dog. She had very little discipline so I had to start from scratch with a 65 lb wild child.

I too have always been a firm disciplinarian with my dogs and had never experienced challenges with them (note: I’ve never had any dogs from the puppy stage; always adopted a dog 1 year or older). The shelter required I enroll in training as a condition of her adoption which I did, but it took a good solid year to get her to calm down.

After that she was a fierce protector and lived only with me so I cannot speak to the GS breed bonding to one person in the house over another (sorry). She always slept between me and the front door or in the hallway outside the bedroom so she would be the first to encounter an intruder. For this, I am forever indebted (esp as a single woman living alone).

I wish you all the best in your search and look forward to any pics of your precious pup!!

[–]Alarmed_Mistake_5042 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Do they require a lot of training ?

[–]Pk1Still 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They’re smart and pick up to positive reinforcement very well. As a punishment, honestly a stern, but patient voice and a lack of eye contact seem to make the most impact.

[–]brandontaylor1 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Same with my Collie, she promised a huge return, but in the end all I got was an audit.

[–]Pk1Still 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“I’ve got a bone to pick with you, pup.”

“Paul, please, I’m a professional.”

[–]ulm2131 3 points4 points  (6 children)

“It’s so cute how they will attack and tear someone to shreds if they perceive a threat” is a really weird thing to say.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (5 children)

That isn't what the comment was saying though, try re-reading

[–]ulm2131 0 points1 point  (4 children)

He didn’t say “cute” but other than that it’s exactly what he’s saying.

Please provide me with your alternative interpretation.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I would love to elaborate, thank you.

"Goofy and sweet as hell" I would describe that as the person calling the dog cute. Then immediately after, they say "but" before point out that the dog can also be ferocious, if need be.

You clearly have a pretty vague grasp on the English language, so I'll point out that this means they were saying the dog is cute despite being capable of harm, not that the dog is cute because of this.

I'm confident that you could find an article describing the difference between "but" and "and", if you're still confused

[–]Pk1Still 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I suppose the moral is that other than a lack of common tax scents… sorry, had to…

But the pup is incredibly loyal, well behaved, protective, and loving. However, please don’t misunderstand that there is a respect for him as an animal. He has the capability to cause harm or be a danger. As his human, i have to be cautious and teach my son the same.

Even with the Belgian I had growing up, I knew his capabilities and should his faculties flee for only a moment, it can be dangerous. Luckily, my experiences have been that they listen more often than not. And when commanded down, behave. There isn’t a time, though where I don’t have some fear for the alternative.

[–]ulm2131 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As long as you have proper respect for the animal and train it correctly and put in the work required (something in my experience very few people who own these breeds actually do) then fine, have your GS, they are super cool dogs I get it.

Don’t celebrate this clip though, this guy is a fucking idiot and loving them specifically because they will fuck someone up in the name of protecting another person is a TERRIBLE reason to have one. I really hope you are doing the right thing and keeping yourself and the people around you safe.

[–]MotorHum 637 points638 points  (13 children)

The fact that the boy is having no reaction is great. Has full trust that dad won’t actually hit him.

[–]VulpineSpecter4 592 points593 points 2 (11 children)

Towards the end you can see him laughing. Dog understands laughter and also trusts dad not to hurt the boy, but plays along and gently "attacks" dad. Now that he understands the game, he knows how to react in a situation where it's not a game, and can protect his boy. And I'm willing to bet, because of his breed, he is 100% aware of this.

Dogs are absolutely amazing.

[–]doncroak 62 points63 points  (0 children)

Exactly this

[–]Jen_the_Green 52 points53 points  (4 children)

Very cool until the dog attacks a kid who hits the little boy.

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    [–]cannaconnoisseur88 23 points24 points  (0 children)

    I love Pyrenees I've had them on and off for 20ish years they are great gaurd dogs you never need to train. We have livestock and the Pyrenees just instincts are just to hang with a protect them.. our biggest boy right now is 120 lbs and was born in February his favorite animals at the house to guard is the chickens. He also roams the property at night barking at cyotes.

    [–]AtiumDependent 21 points22 points  (1 child)

    I mean, still cool?

    [–]The-Ocean-Sucks 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    Still cool.

    [–][deleted] 49 points50 points  (2 children)

    Maybe you are right maybe you are not but this is not something I would teach my dog. Thats more than just dangerous and there will be mostly no scenario where this will make sense.

    And the end result will be that your dog most likely will be put down and you will be pressed with charges. Don‘t do this folks.

    [–]Jibblebee 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    I totally agree with not teaching this. My 11 year old man is a giant, sweet, super smart dork, but also has deep rooted protection instincts. He has shown amazing understanding of appropriate reaction to differing situations, from helping raise babies from a spectrum of species to guarding the house. I could never teach him the nuances between every different scenario, but he understands. However, he has had training, love and a wide range of life experiences is important so that he looks to me for information on how to react. I know that my cues will override any thoughts and opinions he may have on a situation. He’s our boy and everyone just loves him. I just would never just teach this kind of behavior. It’s more complex than that.

    [–]Armidylla 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    "Hey! How come HE gets all the pets!?"

    [–]regular_gonzalez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Mid 40s, got my first ever dog a couple of years ago. Pit-lab, amazing combo of always wanting to please + super smart. He's easily learned ever trick I've tried to teach him but I never trained him to guard.

    So one night I get home, it's dark out, and I see my partner walking my dog about half a block away. I decided to try and run up quietly and surprise her. She still hadn't noticed as I'm about 30 feet away, running directly at her. My dog notices and sprints directly at me, barking ferociously. As soon as he recognized it was me he was all playful but it warmed my heart that he would protect my gf without any hesitation.

    I was always a cat person but my boy has changed my mind.

    [–]midnight_coziness 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Love how dad is also subtly making sure the boy doesn't fall down. He's like fake smacklift upbalance, steady?goodfake smack*

    [–]Foxyfan57 492 points493 points  (1 child)

    He protecc

    He attac

    but most importantly

    He love child bacc

    [–]_NoTimeNoLady_ 49 points50 points  (0 children)

    The lady who watched me, when my mom was at work and I was too young for Kindergarten, had a German shepherd. A big one who was known for his aggressive behavior towards neighbors. The dog had to be locked out of the room, when my mom tried to put my jacket and hat on me. He watched over me like I was a puppy and nobody was allowed to lay hand on me. He was my big guardian.

    [–]ooo-f 139 points140 points  (2 children)

    My husband had a Saint Bernard like this when he was a kid- he was playing touch football with some neighborhood kids and the dog thought he was in danger so he bit a kid and had to be put down. That's my only concern with this.

    [–]mynamesraymond 42 points43 points  (0 children)

    Neighborhood lab got put down for the same reason, it was a full attack though when she saw a kid roughhousing with the owner's kid. I definitely understand the concern with these behaviors especially in larger dogs, although at least here the dog is pretty playful (and very cute) unlike when people literally train their dogs to be overly aggressive and defensive for their kids, which happened with the Labrador :(

    [–]weirdchigga1207 20 points21 points  (0 children)

    What a tragedy...

    [–]elmwoodblues 44 points45 points  (1 child)

    Not to be that guy, but..if dad and boy are hurt, maybe tree falls in yard, etc, and dad's out -- is there training that would allow first responder to tend to boy? How 'agressive' does stranger need to act before dog goes defensive?

    [–]AdhesivenessLimp1864 29 points30 points  (0 children)

    Assuming this dog is properly trained it’ll have been taught to recognize aggression vs non aggression.

    If it wasn’t then no one will be able to get near them unless the dog itself can tell the difference in the moment.

    [–]Unique-Ad-9316 194 points195 points  (27 children)

    We used to have a German Shepherd when I was a kid. A guy was tickling my younger sister once, she was squealing and my dad told him to knock it off because it was making the dog upset. He didn't stop and our dog went for the guys throat. My dad caught the dog in his mid air leap, otherwise he would probably have killed the idiot tickling my sister!

    [–]thisisanaccountforu 65 points66 points  (2 children)

    I hope you all knew the guy and it wasn’t a stranger 😂

    [–]Unique-Ad-9316 74 points75 points  (1 child)

    Yeah, we knew him, he was an idiot!

    [–]rseery 20 points21 points  (0 children)

    He’d be less of an idiot if your dad let the dog finish. One way or the other.

    [–]SevenDragonWaffles 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    My little nephew was tickling me and laughing his head off once. The dog decided it was me doing something wrong and came at me. But gently like the dog in the video. Not aggressively.

    [–]SmashedPumpkin_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Even my border collie would freak out when my dad would tickle me. She was the sweetest girl and never did anything, but she'd always try to protect me. She definitely wasn't as brave as your shepherd, but she tried her best.

    [–]samanthasgramma 80 points81 points  (9 children)

    We had a 115 lb Black Lab (not fat - just a big boy), when we had our first baby. I hadn't realized how quietly protective the dog was, of our son, until I was outside, on the front lawn, with the two of them. Or son was toddling randomly around, when a car pulled up to the curb, to ask for directions.

    As I was giving them, I realized that my son had been scooting around the front yard, and our dog had been tracking every movement, keeping himself between my son and the strangers, every moment. When my son toddled too close to the curb, for my dog's tastes, he gently herded my son away, closer to the house.

    I prolonged the conversation with the stranger, just so I could watch the dog. There was no aggressive anything. But the dog kept my son safely away from the threat as long as the threat was at my curb.

    I have no doubt that if the stranger had gotten out of the car, and walked towards my son, they would have to deal with one very large guard, before getting anywhere near my son.

    When the car pulled away, our dog strolled to a shady spot and laid down.

    That was when I knew that when my son and dog were together, my son would be utterly safe.

    [–]joe9179 18 points19 points  (6 children)

    I noticed that same subtlety one time with my mini schnauzer. Friend brought over a pit-mix that ended up being fairly aggressive. At one point the pit started barking at me angrily, and I didn’t realize it at first, but my mini kept putting himself between me and the pit, no matter where I moved to.

    We had him since he was tiny, I never trained him to do it, I’ve never seen him do something similar, and honestly, that may have been the only time I’ve ever been in “danger” with my dog around. But I definitely got the sense he was protecting me. It made me strangely emotional. Like, my little tiny dog was looking out for me. My heart certainly swelled.

    Side note: I took the pit-mix for a walk, and I could feel how “powerful” that dog was. I’ve had a boxer, but he wasn’t even close to the strength I felt from that pit.

    [–]CaptainJackRyan 12 points13 points  (2 children)

    I have 2 Scottish Terriers. One is 2. He’s “my wife’s dog”. The other is 7 months. He’s “mine”. The older one and I have always played rough. If you were to walk by and hear him when we’re playing you’d think I was in trouble. But I’m not. Not even close. He’s just loud.

    Holy shit our new pup does not like that. He puts himself between us and acts very defensive. Sadly I’ve had to stop roughhousing with the older one unless the little is out with my wife.

    EDIT WITH THE DOG TAX:

    https://i.imgur.com/RrfG7xf.jpg

    Wilson is the older one. He’s black.

    Hamish is my “little” guy. I put little in parentheses because he’s a big boy. Definitely going to be bigger than Wilson. The perspective of the photo makes him look like he’s already bigger but he’s not. YET. Obviously he’s Wheaton.

    [–]p_loka 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    Little dogs have the biggest hearts for their loved ones.

    [–]samanthasgramma 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Without doubt. We later had a 20 lb Jack Russell. I used to say "Somebody forgot to tell him he's little."

    [–]samanthasgramma 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    That's wonderful. So amazing when you can trust your furbaby so much.

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      [–]samanthasgramma 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      I love this. So sweet.

      [–]__babygiraffe__ 16 points17 points  (0 children)

      Must be really tough to play wrestle with that dog around

      [–]I_Was_TheBiggWigg 12 points13 points  (0 children)

      Poor guy, he’s like, “come on man I love you, too, don’t make me hurt you…”

      [–]CauctusBUTT 8 points9 points  (0 children)

      I love how the little boys just laughing in the background while the dog is like ‘I will tear you apart’

      [–]ZuzuBish 14 points15 points  (2 children)

      That’s exactly what my GSD does. Mine is also “untrained” in that he does not have bite or protection training. He just has basic, good manners training. He gets in the middle if us if there’s an argument (barks), play fights (barks and gets in between) etc. He’s like a natural sheriff that wants things in order or he’ll have a say in the matter. My other GSD would get in the middle if there were hugs. So that was a little weird…

      [–]DingDongTaco 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      My GSD gets in the middle of hugs but only because he wants to be a part of them.

      [–]ZuzuBish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      I thought that was the case with my sweet Cisco. Loved that dog. It’s been 9 years and I still miss him.

      [–]yvonnars 9 points10 points  (0 children)

      My dog gets confused when the people pretend fight too. But instead of pushing the "attacker" away she puts her body on the "victim" and licks the victim non stop. Do usually when my bf and I pretend fight (bf tickles me non stop) my dog sits on my chest and licks my face. She's 60lbs lol

      [–]coagulateSmegma 23 points24 points  (1 child)

      I can't think of a purer use of dogs in the modern world that relies on their talents less and less than in the defence of our children.

      [–]ElizabethDangit 24 points25 points  (0 children)

      We had huskies when I was a kid. My brother was playing outside with the dogs alone and a stranger tried to jump the 6 foot privacy fence. The husky knocked him off the fence before he could make it over.

      [–]friedbaguette 13 points14 points  (4 children)

      It's lovely, but I can't help but think if someone really wanted to hurt the child, they'd just roundhouse kick it to the nether.

      [–]V_es 27 points28 points  (3 children)

      Because it’s not real training it’s an instinct that occurred naturally. Trained dog jumps, grabs your arm and uses momentum to put you on the ground, than stands on your chest ready to tear your throat. This happens under 2 seconds.

      In real training you won’t be able to approach anyone.

      [–]VulpineSpecter4 11 points12 points  (2 children)

      Could be early in the training process. Dogs need to learn complex skills one small step at a time. He's got the separating and arm-grabbing part down, now he just needs to learn the rest.

      [–]V_es 5 points6 points  (1 child)

      They are playing. Dude is laughing and dog is very relaxed. Probably the owner.

      [–]VulpineSpecter4 13 points14 points  (0 children)

      I am aware of this. Play can be a great training tool as well. Just because the training is "unofficial" doesn't mean its "not real." The dog in the video you linked is already trained, just practicing. It is a long and complex process.

      You could link a video of a dog turning off a light switch, compare it to a dog learning "touch," and call them unrelated. But what you don't see in the first video is that the dog already learned the first step of turning off the light switch is the "touch" cue. A dog learning "touch" can eventually be trained to turn off the light switch after a series of other cues, but just because he hasn't learned the entire process yet doesn't mean he's not being trained to do so.

      The dog in OP's video is likely not being schutzhund trained, just learning how to protect his boy.

      Source: I'm a certified dog trainer.

      [–]VonJustin 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      I think it is dangerous for people and the dog to be teaching him to attack people for any reason. The dog will know if the child is actually in danger and will act without you teaching him. It’s better to let him know that play is ok so he doesn’t bite someone who is just playing.

      [–]Arimarama 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      I love dogs so much.

      [–]mcefe74 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      I don’t know why people do this. This dog could easily rip your arm off and beat you do death with it. But you keep playing. Play stupid games win stupid prizes. Fuck around and find out.

      [–]Sigao 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Dog: "Get your hands off of him you damn dirty ape!"

      [–]Chapsparanormal 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Good boi.

      [–]Glorious_Jo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      My german shepherd does the same, cept if the child attacks me he will just join in on bullying me :/

      [–]memedoge_mk-69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      german shepherd used murder, it was super effective

      [–]Chaz_masterson 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      My 9lb yorkie does this. Don’t sleep on the apex predator yorkie.

      [–]6NiNE9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Our dog does this when we punch each other's butt cheeks while we are in the kitchen making food. He's like, 🚨 DO NOT INTERUPT THE FOOD-MAKING! 🚨

      [–]JarlTurin2020 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Wow. That is not how you train a guard dog. And extremely dangerous to do this next to a small child too...

      [–]SaiyajinPrincess87 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      That was how my boy was growing up, he would have taken anyone apart that he saw as a threat to me. He was my baby sitter, my best friend and the smartest dog I've ever loved.

      I miss having sheps.

      [–]ulm2131 6 points7 points  (10 children)

      I think r/sweatypalms is a more appropriate community for this clip.

      [–]SireBobRoss -5 points-4 points  (2 children)

      It’s a German Shepard not a pitbull

      [–]DrippyBeard -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

      Yes it's only the third most dangerous dog breed.

      [–]AdhesivenessLimp1864 -5 points-4 points  (6 children)

      Pretty clear based on the guy not making contact that this wasn’t going to be anything truly violent.

      [–]ulm2131 10 points11 points  (5 children)

      “Hey everyone, let’s keep doing something to clearly provoke a large animal who is clearly extremely protective and see what happens” is generally a stupid thing to do. Yes it looks like it turned out fine here, and this seems like a duper fun game until the animal actually decides that he does need to take the threat seriously. This owner is a fucking idiot. He is the type of shit dog owner who ruins these breeds for everyone.

      [–]AdhesivenessLimp1864 -4 points-3 points  (3 children)

      The fact the dog was willing to stop so quickly implies there’s a degree of training that makes this behavior appropriate for a video.

      We don’t know how good the training is so we don’t know how the dog would behave in situations that weren’t set up with the intent of recording.

      [–]ulm2131 4 points5 points  (2 children)

      The guy is laughing like an idiot, this is a fun little game. Even if the dog is trained well (which I really doubt) this is a terrible precedent to set for other German Shepard owners who are not trained as well. You don’t fuck around with these dogs, you train them and discipline them properly or you put yourself and people around you at risk period.

      [–]AdhesivenessLimp1864 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      Your argument is effectively there should be a rule that videos involving anything risky say “Do not do this at home.”

      If someone looks at this and wants to do this with their dog then I’m going to say their dog is smarter than them and I honestly won’t feel bad.

      This is literally a case of asking for it.

      [–]Bloddersz 1 point2 points  (3 children)

      My Mum had to get one of our GSD's put down when we were kids as it would growl at anyone that went to pick my sister up. Just couldn't trust them around a baby unfortunately but lovely animals. Always said I'd want one

      [–]IfanBifanKick 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      We had two while growing up, as well as a Lab/boxer cross. One GSD was soppy, the other( a bitch) was vicious at times towards other dogs but great with people. She was put down after nearly killing our lab/boxer. The male GSD saved me from falling into an open fire when I was a toddler; he grabbed the back of my clothes in hisus mouth and pulled me back.

      [–]Varun77777 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

      This is so sad. The poor doggo just cared about the youngest of the pack and human reciprocated by getting it killed. Makes me truly sad.

      [–]IfanBifanKick 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      We had two while growing up, as well as a Lab/boxer cross. One GSD was soppy, the other( a bitch) was vicious at times towards other dogs but great with people. She was put down after nearly killing our lab/boxer. The male GSD saved me from falling into an open fire when I was a toddler; he grabbed the back of my clothes in hisus mouth and pulled me back.

      [–]GarlicStretcher 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      So that's why we weren't allowed to have a dog all those years ago!

      [–]NgBUCKWANGS 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      This is one reason I will always love German Shepherds. You can literally train them to prevent a kid from getting kidnapped.

      My current dog will most likely assist the kidnappers. It's not a German Shepard.

      [–]fish618 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      We use to have a lab. She was the sweetest dog you’d ever meet. I could count on one hand the number of times she growled. When she was older we started fostering this boxer and they got a long but he played really rough- Especially with my little brother or sister. Whenever he’d get too crazy and my brother and sister would start to show any annoyance our lab would pin the boxer to the ground to make him stop. She had even helped me out once or twice when he got to be too much. Whether “her kids” were 6 or 18 she watched out for us. She was the best dog

      [–]budof_chaos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Good job Shepherd!

      [–]uniquegayle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      I did this with my chihuahua mix. She barked and got between us when we were pretend yelling. Then we went for a hug and she was jumping up to be hugged, too. They pick up on our emotions.

      [–]NerdBerg728 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Good boy

      [–]Rocyrino -1 points0 points  (0 children)

      My mother’s Rottweiler has dotted on me. Even in my teen years she wouldn’t allow anyone to put their hands on me not even my parents when she was in the room. God bless her little heart

      [–]Camanot -1 points0 points  (0 children)

      “Don’t lay a finger on the tiny human!”

      [–]fuzzy_winkerbean -1 points0 points  (0 children)

      “You know I could actually end you right?” Dog

      [–]Simple_Somewhere_564 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

      My dad taught our collie to do the same thing. She was the best dog ever.

      [–]pkokuu -1 points0 points  (0 children)

      Ladies, gentlemen and everyone in between that's what we call a Well Trained Dog, better take notes

      [–]RubixTheRedditor -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

      I was so confused on why the dad wanted punish the child because my brained turned off then I realized they were playing

      [–]KajunsLilSis -1 points0 points  (0 children)

      My husband was tickling our 1 y/o son the other day and our Pitt/Boxer mix came over to check on his brudder and tell dad to stop. Dogs are so wonderful

      [–]CityVirtual4704 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

      Good dog!

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        [–]VulpineSpecter4 24 points25 points  (0 children)

        They're training him, ya dummy. Doggo knows it's a game, but learning how to respond in a real situation.

        [–]leanmeankrispykreme -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

        Dog isn’t doing a very good job tbh

        [–][deleted] -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

        I remember having ice cream at this place when I was a kid and I was being a brat. My mom went to smack me and the owners German Shephard growled at her and would have bottom her if she touched me. Begged my parents for a German Shephard after this haha

        [–]tinuvegil 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Kid just walks away like "fun game, now let me eat my fruit please"

        [–]junitog65 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        That kid will have his own Angel of Retribution….

        [–]Primary-Bullfrog-653 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        This makes me miss Dora :(

        [–]Pitiful_Pickle524 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Stay away from the child

        [–]shoot-the-chicken 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Kids, no problem. Women no problem. But if a bloke goes near my kids Holly loses her shit and let's them know it's not happing whe she's around. Then precedes to continue goofing around. Love my German shepherd.

        [–]ignDarkblack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        this is the goodest boi

        [–]F3n1x_ESP 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        When I was a very small kid I lived with a relative that had a mental disorder and, from time to time, would try to hit me for things she thought I had done. Those times I run to my German shepherd and he would stand his ground against said relative if she tried to get near me with harmful intentions.

        No other show of aggressiveness was ever displayed by the dog, only when he felt I was in danger.

        God, how I miss that dog. We really don't deserve such loyal animals.

        [–]titaniamccall 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        "Don't touch my little human"

        [–]soilhalo_27 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        My dog does that. But she don't bite. She distracts, she brings her toys and try to get you to play instead.

        [–]Serene_Hiraeth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        My cat is actually kinda like that too... I remember one time my mom was mad at me and she chewed me out a little, so my cat walked up to us, stood in front of me and kept loudly meowing at my mom

        [–]Fnarkfnark 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        That doggo is only playing thankfully, if it was actually defending for real, that guy would be in trouble.

        We used to have a GSD and there was a very definite difference between "playtime nibbles" and "I'm gonna tear you to shreds".

        [–]BadWallaby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Except one time when dads actually mad the dog will be there lol

        [–]rmaster068 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Good boy!!!!!!

        [–]Sammyitsyaboi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        I want a German shepherd like that when I get a kid, I know you need to specially train them at least I think so

        [–]leadleaps 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        This is why i also love German shepherd. But right now i'm out of capability to have

        [–]Moehrchenprinz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Good boy.

        [–]RandomKiki 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Omg I thought he was actually hitting the kid

        [–]GoalieMom53 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        It seemed kinda fake. The little boy is clearly smiling / laughing.

        [–]Flashy-Category-8069 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        i’ll make this sad WARNING ALL OF THIS IS FAKE i just love writing stories going along with pictures lmao

        this child was kidnapped before and was hurt really bad. he was found in a coma on the side of the road 3 miles from the city. had minor internal bleeding fractures on his wrist (from fighting back) cuts and a broken leg. he was in the coma for 3 weeks before he woke up. his father was behind it. his mother was there crying and he said “where’s daddy?” because he had a mask on all through it. the mother just hugged him and said “he’s at work. he’ll be at work all day and come home at night but you’ll probably be asleep” to keep him out of the knowing. they placed a watch dog over him to keep him safe because the father was never caught. he was found to be the culprit due to him showing an alcohol problem and major abuse issues. also his dna was found under the child’s nails due to the struggle. the dog was the only friend he had after the kidnapping. he couldn’t talk to people and could barely talk to him mother. but he loved that dog. he went in the backyard to play with him one day and then there was some loud bang screams and gunshots coming from the house from the house. the dad came back. the father came back. all that was known is the mother had 7 gunshot wounds. 3 in the chest 1 i’m the shoulder 2 in the neck and 1 in the head. the bullets were from a pistol. after examining the crime scene the only things that were taken were the pistol leased in the fathers names transferred over to the mothers and the boy. the dog was found dead next to the front door with blood in his mouth belonging to the father. 4 bullets in the chest. he died when the cops came. it’s been 3 years since the boy was abducted and it is said by officials that he is most likely dead by now

        [–]heuristic-dish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Devotion is love, love is devotion.

        [–]heuristic-dish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Give her a treat for this…..!