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23 Dogs Who Really Aren't As Brave As They Thought They Were That'll Make You Laugh Out Loud

Dogs are great pets, they're friendly, silly and always ready for an adventure. But somehow dogs have developed a "tough" reputation, and lots of people are actually afraid of dogs. It's true that some animals can be mean, especially if their owners don't look after them properly, but anyone who's actually owned a dog knows they're big doofuses.

Sure, maybe they'll bark if a robber tries to break into your house, but they'll do the same thing when the mailman goes walking by!

To celebrate dogs everywhere who don't live up to their scary reputation, we've collected 23 pictures of "guard dogs" who should really consider a career change.

1. We've all done this before

2. He can handle anything...except stairs

3. THAT doesn't belong in the house!

4. Whatever he saw scared the wrinkles off him!

5. "Ok you win! Ow, I said you win!"

6. What did those cupcakes do to him?!

7. Ok, we saw the outside, now let's go back.

8. Run!!

9. He's not *quite* ready for the obstacle course

10. "Don't forget to leave my nightlight on..."

11. Great jump, but he didn't stick the landing

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By now it should be clear, if you're looking to protect your home, an alarm system is probably a better investment than a dog. Still, you can count on your pet to warn you when any cars drive by, or some strange birds land in your backyard.

If you're lucky they'll even add a little song and dance to your life. But let's not kid ourselves about depending on Fido to keep your family safe.

After all, if he's scared by a little thunder, or some fireworks, or a hedgehog, how do you expect him to stand up to something really dangerous?

12. Are you really, really sure?

13. Looks like counting sheep gave him nightmares

14. Ok, I don't blame this dog

15. Who frightened who?

16. "You didn't mention the water was COLD!"

17. Sneak attack!

18. "I don't think this is the REAL Santa!"

19. ...Can you see me now?

20. One tough cat

21. Our cyber-security expert is hard at work

22. "I hate horror movies...just tell me when the scary part's over..."

23. Make it go away!

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