This “Wimpy” Animal May Be Better As A Guard Dog Than Guard Dogs

If you’ve every had a dog as a pet, you know that they bark at everything. Every squirrel. Every dog in the vicinity. Every person walking by or vehicle driving by. Everything.

It’s this tendency to be a walking alarm system aided by their senses (which are sharper than human’s senses) that makes many self-protection experts say that a dog one of the best things that you can have for the protection of your home and family. Consider this: if you have a home alarm system, that system only goes off if one of its door sensors, window sensors, or motion sensors are triggered. Frankly, this only happens when someone has actually already broken into your home. On the other hand, a dog gives you plenty of warning before the intruder even gets to your home.

So, if you’re not a dog person, it may be worth considering becoming a dog person.

But, maybe you have serious allergies to dogs or just, for whatever reason, really don’t want dogs anywhere near you. What can you do to have a great alarm system at your home?

Well, a surprising option is… geese.

Yes, geese. Maybe that sounds crazy to you (it did to me, at first) and maybe you think of geese as a “wimpy” animal, but Ashley Hetrick makes some convincing arguments for why geese can make effective guard animals. Hetrick says that geese are naturally territorial (which makes them protective of a certain geographic area such as your house and yard), have heightened hearing and sight (including better sight than either humans or dogs), are easy to keep (they prefer to graze on grass instead of you having to feed them), and are loud (if you’ve ever heard geese honk when flying, you know that this is true).

Surprisingly, though, you may not know that geese are also vicious attackers. Hetrick writes,

As flock animals, they shouldn’t be kept individually. That means that you’ll have multiple guards defending territory. Each goose is armed with a sharp serrated beak capable of inflicting significant damage. The beak, however, is the least of your worries. Goose wings are equipped with bony club -like knobs at the wrists, and once they’re within range, they begin beating their opponent with a force capable of breaking bones. Humans venturing too close to wild goose nests have had arms broken, as well as severe head trauma. These injuries from wild geese are only a sampling of the capacity of a much larger domestic goose. The biggest wild geese only grow to roughly 9 pounds, whereas domestic geese have a lot more girth behind their punch, weighing in at up to 22 pounds.

Frankly, geese can be dangerous when someone invades their territory, which is an added bonus at your bug out location as you may not want “visitors.”

So, if you don’t want dogs and you don’t want the hassle of animals that you have to take care of, geese may be a great guard option for you to consider.

  • CommonSense4America

    Goose shit is really messy and slippery. Don’t ask how I know.

    • Bill Wessels

      Great gobs of goose shit, lad!

  • Melvin Purvis

    My property is patrolled by geese with lasers attached to their heads.

    • woodrocket

      A good pair of geese will also provide a nice omelette once in a while.

  • Marlin6

    Guinea Fowl are great for this purpose as well. They are very noisy when a stranger approaches the property.

  • DrSique

    Roosters are pretty damned aggressive but just as likely to attack their owner. I am going to stick to dogs…………………….and Sudafed when necessary.

  • NotPCorrect

    There is an arsenal in Europe that has used geese for security for several centuries, not little ones either ones that are 4′-5′ tall & they have hundreds of them. They’ve been known to knock intruders out cold(grin).

  • Alden Smith

    If memory serves me correctly, some distilleries in Scotland use geese to protect their property. They have few problems!

  • David Roberts

    This is by far the worst web page I have ever visited. Clean up your act or continue to lose viewers.

  • Anonymous age 72

    Tell me about geese. I live in rural Mexico and every day I take a bit of food down the hill to old uncles. They have a big old goose, which alerts them when weasels come in the night. It also attacks me if I am not careful. Yes, they can hurt and I have to treat passing his post as almost a military maneuver.

  • Coastie407

    We used them in the Pacific during World War Two.
    The Japanese could not get passed a flock of geese, with the ruckus they would make.

  • EdWatts

    I have a parrot in a cage (most of the time) in the house. She always hears a car from over a quarter of a mile away and immediately starts squawking, alerting us to the “intruder”! And, there’s no goose poop in the yard.

  • kassa1

    You might try buying some Ginnys

  • shavager

    I had several African geese at one time, very territorial, they would even bite the hand that feeds them–ME! They didn’t care–the paper boy, gas man, ME, friends, neighbors, ME, and you can’t sneak up on’em even IF you own them! They’ll bite the heck out of ya’ and beat ya’ with those wings while they’re clamped on. I promise ya’, NOBODY in our neighborhood sneaked up on’em and they don’t care color, creed, gender, religion–YOU GET BIT!! And they throw in a framming with those wings free of charge! Some of best ‘watch dogs’ I’ve ever had.

  • Graywolf12

    Big drawback, tons of poop. Other than that great guards.