The Jackson-Tolberts were surprised when their giant Neapolitan Mastiff Kanye became fast friends with an intruder.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
The Murrays, the Johnsons and the Jackson-Tolberts all
believe their watchdogs will protect their homes from criminals while they're
out. But are their personal guardians really watching their homes when they're
Certified dog trainer Jake Kemp said there's a common
misconception about large dogs that they will be natural guardians, but that's
rarely the case. He said most animals will need specific training from
professionals to be proper watchdogs.
Neither the Murrays, Johnsons nor Jackson-Tolberts have dogs
trained to watch their homes, so Kemp went to each of the family's houses to
see how the dogs would react
At the Jackson-Tolbert's home, their giant Neapolitan Mastiff
Kanye became fast friends when Kemp walked into the house. Kanye even obeyed
the intruder's commands.
"He came over and happily walked around the house with me
while walking around with all the valuables," said Kemp, with Topline K9
Kemp said Neapolitan Mastiffs are normally more protective
of their owners and are "supposed to be weary of strangers," but Anthony
Jackson acknowledged that he may have played a part in Kanye being a "softy."
"Yeah, I made him like that -- holding him constantly when
he was a puppy. I babied him," Jackson said. "That's why we have a
In Wake Forest, the Johnsons were confident their Golden Retriever
Guinness wouldn't be as sweet. But that wasn't the case when Kemp walked into
"From the owner's description, I was expecting to walk up to
the house and find a dog barking at me through the window," Kemp said. "We
walked around the house, looked through some drawers, explored the kitchen to see
if there's anything good to eat."
Jennifer Johnson said her family was assaulted at their home
a year ago with Guinness was much smaller. They hoped he had grown into a
"I'm very surprised that he didn't bark or notice him,"
Jennifer Johnson said. "We were hoping for some sort of alert or alarm."
At the Murrays's home in Raleigh, their dogs Mario and Oscar
weren't so welcoming for Kemp.
"I actually had to push them out of the way to get them in
the house," Kemp said. "If I was a burglar, and I didn't know anything about
dogs, I definitely would've skipped that house for sure."
All three families say they didn't know dogs needed to be
specially trained to be real watchdogs, especially when put to the test. But
Kemp said "99.9 percent of most typical household pets would react similar to
With proper training, Kemp said a dog should obey commands
-- including to bite, to back-off, and to move away, all while still being a
loving pet to its owner.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:43:09 GMT
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