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You can train most dogs not to bark excessively - only to bark if there's someone approaching. Mine are pretty good (thank goodness!) - they hardly ever bark, so when they do I definitely get up to see what's going on.

A note about guns - anyone thinking of using a gun for home protection should take a firearms safety class (you can find out about these at locations that sell guns) and then go to a gun range and practice, practice, practice. Handling it should be second nature - you don't want to be fumbling around if you're in a dangerous situation.