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For a dog to behave that differently from normal you have to wonder if either someone showed up with goodies for them or it was somebody the dogs were real familiar with. A dog that reacts that way to incursions onto its turf normally doesn't change the habit randomly. A friend of mine was frightened because nothing ever happens in her neighborhood and then one night something very similar went down at a neighbor's house. The house was broken into and their German Shepherd that will bark at the wind without hesitation didn't make a peep. She never heard how it got resolved but when the police interviewed her to see if she saw or heard anything they were hinting that they thought it was somebody the family knew. Give it some time and try to figure out exactly what happened before you assume the dogs dropped the ball.
My Pittmix is probably the worst guard dog you could ever imagine. Way too loving and trusting of strangers. But until she is told to be quiet she will at least bark incessantly when she hears movement at the door. Then she will calm down immediately and switch to affection-whore mode when she recognizes you.
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