Personally, I think they can. Well, I would say more of “watchdog” than a guard dog. They are just too cute to be a proper guard dog. If you want a guard dog, then get yourself a Rottweiler.
Are They Good Guard Dogs?
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My Dog As A Watch Dog
My Cockapoo is the nosiest dog I have ever known. We have a stone drive, and the moment anyone steps on the drive, Luna wants to investigate it. Whether it be a passing walker that’s accidentally stepped on part of our drive, or the dreaded postman (one of her arch enemies) walking on her patch, she wants to let them know that she has seen them and that she’s watching them.
Luna doesn’t actually bark that much. She will happily sit in the front room watching people go past without barking. However, if someone stops for too long outside our house they will get barked at to tell them its time to move on out of her way. This has once or twice alerted us to a few strange looking people hanging around outside.
We live in a terrace and have neighbours next door on both sides. They make noise, just like any neighbour, kids playing, parties etc. Luna generally doesn’t care about the noise and will not respond. However, if one of those neighbours dare to show their head above the fence (maybe trimming the trees, or putting the washing out) then she will let them know that shes spotted them and give out a bark. We’ve never had anyone in our back garden, but I am confident that Luna would alert us if there was.
These are Luna’s biggest enemy when it comes to keeping an eye on the back garden. These guys are always on her patch and she lets them know by chasing them away. I’m sure they actually tease her.
When She Failed At Her Guard Dog Job
A few years ago my car got broken into at night. They didn’t actually steal anything since there wasn’t anything in my car worth taking. My car is on a stone drive though and the people went through the back garden, onto the drive to the car as the back gate was left open. I was actually surprised that Luna didn’t alert us to this in the middle of the night.
When She Did A Good Job
On the upside, she did a great job the other week. It was 11:30 pm, we were all in bed. Luna started barking like mad. I told her to calm down since it was late and there’s nothing to bark at. She barked again and stood at the top of the stairs growling.
Ok, I thought. Maybe somethings happening downstairs. I will investigate.
Luna and I, went downstairs where she was staring at the door growling. I looked and there was a shape of a man stood there! Luna was right, and I was wrong. I could hear him moving on the stone drive. I shouted, “Who is it?”. He replied very quietly “its Deliveroo with your food”. I opened the door (maybe I shouldn’t have) to find a very confused delivery driver who got the wrong house and was very apologetic. Luna did a great job, we didn’t hear the dog go, as it must have been a very quiet knock with it being so late at night.
The Downsides Of Them Being Nosey
I see it a lot on Facebook. Owners complaining about their Cockapoos barking at just about everything. Birds, planes, cars, people, neighbours in the garden. They are very alert dogs and it may take some training to get them to ignore certain things that you don’t want them to alert you too.
Cockapoos are a friendly dog and won’t exactly make whats a traditional guard dog and scare people. However, they will be a great companion for making you feel safe as they are always on high alert as to whats going on in their surroundings.
Is your dog a good guard dog? Let us know in the comments below.