by Robert Pattinson
There are several reasons why you would want a guard dog, ranging from business security to a basic household watch dog for scaring off or subduing intruders. There are also additional duties that come with properly training a guard dog and keeping the guard dog sane and affable when there is no need for violence.
Pick The Right Breed Of Dog
While most dogs can be trained, some breeds are considered to be exceptional guard dogs. German shepherds and Doberman Pinschers are outstanding guard dogs due to their defensive qualities. It is important to remember, however, that even gentler dogs can become outstanding guard dogs if properly trained. Smaller types, such as Chow Chows, Pugs, and Shar Pei, can also make excellent guard dogs.
Basic Obedience First
Almost any dog can be trained to bark in some situations. However, before you can train a dog to protect your house, you must first teach it basic obedience. Sit, stay, come, heel, down, and no are all necessary commands. While many dogs excel as guard dogs, some breeds outperform others. German Shepherds, Cane Corso, Great Pyrenees, Akitas, Chow Chows, and Doberman Pinschers are among these breeds.
There must be laws in your house in order to produce a well-trained dog. These rules may be whatever the owner wants them to be, but simple examples include remaining in place until released for dinner, standing behind an entranceway boundary, sitting until toy throwing, and so on. Rules provide a more dependable dog as well as a sense of order. The dog learns that there are expectations placed on his or her actions.
Socialize Your Dog
Before starting guard-dog training, socialize your dog. The process of acclimating a dog to loud sounds such as traffic and thunderstorms, as well as teaching them to identify relatives and friends, is known as socialization. The dog would be able to distinguish between natural and dangerous situations in this manner.
Use Consistent Volume And Tone
If you use a louder or softer tone than the one you trained them with, your dog will not respond to your commands. As a result, when teaching your dog, use the same tone that you would use when commanding them. This way, you won’t confuse the pet. However, if you want your dog to respond to your command regardless of sound, familiarize it with various tones and volumes.
Fun And Positivity
It is widely assumed that training a dog is difficult and aggressive. This is far from the case; often, the trainer plays a game with the dog or gives them treats before and after each training session. As a result, the dogs have a better experience and are more likely to learn quicker. Keeping the dog comfortable and maintaining a calm environment promotes a smooth learning experience.
Test Your Dog
Check your dog’s training with someone your dog has never met before. Allow the dog to be alone on the property or in the house when a stranger enters. The intruder should knock on the gate, open the front door, and approach your dog wherever he or she is.
If the dog’s training was effective, they could bark and alert them to their presence. The stranger should act scared and flee to warn your dog; they are doing their job. When the test is over, have someone approached your dog tell you about the dog’s conduct.
Although skilled trainers are more convenient, you can train your dog at home as well. It is the most cost-effective solution for those on a limited budget. Whatever path you choose, dogs are reliable and affordable home protection choices.
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