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Over socialization

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Hello. Long story short: we moved to a big house with over 50 windows and openings. My family consists of 2 babies (3&4 years old)my wife (working), a lady who helps for the house (and lives with us) and me (working hard :) away from home 7am to 6pm).

So we bought a female Doberman for company and protection/alert. To tell you the truth, I had many male dogs in the past but without the babies and always living in the yard and never inside the house and as near socialized as this one.

Now this Doberman is almost 10 months old, sleeps most of the nights in my bedroom (has left the crate) and she is just the sweetest dog in the neighbor: extremely socialized, extremely friendly with all small kids and with our visitors, very friendly with all other dogs even with some cats.

My question is: is it possible that I have over socialized her, so that she will not become a good guard dog? From some signs I would say no, for example we have changed our bell 3 times (!) and from the first day she knew that someone is coming (good sign) and was waiting in the door to greed him and/or play with him (not a good sign).
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If you want a dog to guard your house, you better have a 100% recall. Proper guard dogs are highly trained animals, they're not just naturally protective dogs that are allowed to behave however they want. Allowing that behavior without control is asking for a lawsuit when that dog feels it should bite or threaten someone it shouldn't (like a cop coming to your door or yard to investigate a call).

Many cops will shoot dead any medium or big dog that approaches them if they enter your property and it's behaving in a threatening way towards them (barking/growling). They will generally not wait to 'be sure' your dog isn't about to attack them before they defend themself, especially if it's a 'scary looking' breed. Most cops are not dog experts, they can't tell if a dog is genuinely dangerous or just being defensive.

Really, if you have a big dog in the first place, that is already a deterrent. Most criminals will see it and move on, they do not stop to check if the dog is friendly or not, they simply won't bother with the house at all. Most thieves are cowards. =P
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Probably because dogs can sense hormonal levels, etc. The man was physically sick, and that's different from someone who just is planning to do something wrong.
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