|Barked: Wed Mar 18, '09 10:31am PST |
|Dakota is absolutely right, you are better off having one of those signs like they make for the fire rescue crew which states there is a dog on premises so they know to look for it and save it in case of fire, or a sign just stating "trained K9 on premises" or "dog on board" or putting barbed wire strands or an electric strand up to keep people from climbing over.
Here's an example - With "no trespassing," because you can't be sure where an intruder will gain entry, you can't guarrantee the sign would be seen. Also, you can't be sure the intruder is literate, intellectually unchallenged, drug or alcohol free, not dislexic, old enough to be able to read, knows what the word "beware" means, knows english, etc. You have to verbally ask someone to leave before they can be charged with trespassing, and you have to be able to prove, beyond your word against theirs, that you did. "Beware of Dog" is no guarrantee for all the same reasons. Not only that, it is stating that your dog is of a character that people should "beware" of it ...and the fact that you posted it proves you are aware of this. In light of that, you would be expected to take greater care to keep the dog in and others out.
You would get farther with a "skunk on premises" or "bees on premises" sign, but I wouldn't count on that even. It would only be as good as your ability to keep up the pretense or the odds some kid won't be just daring, or idiot, enough to ignore it.
When I was growing up, there was a Saint Bernard which, who knows how much truth there actually was to this, but, rumor had it could and would take a chunk out of any kid who got close enough for him to get a hold of. We used to gather around where he was chained and, one by one, the bravest of the lot of us would venture in closer and closer on dares. Sometimes, if he was asleep, the most daring kids of all would run as fast as they could right past him. When I think of the idiot things we did for entertainment as kids, I'm amazed any of us, myself included, are still around to tell the stories. The point ...never trust a child (esp. a bored one) to do the smart thing, even when they know the odds.