Guard dogs are a popular choice amongst animal lovers looking to
add some extra security to your home. While a dog may not
completely replace the benefits of a home security system and
plan, training guard dogs can be help keep not only your house
safe, but your family safe when you're out with the dog.
According to The Personal Security Handbook, the best guard dogs
are Chow Chows, Doberman Pinschers, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Bull
Mastiffs, Rottweilers, and German Shephers. The reason these
dogs are superior choices is because they have built-in
instincts for guarding the home. Their size and deep resonant
barks make a great burglar deterrent.
Training Guard Dogs
Since guard dogs are potentially dangerous animals, they need
special training. Breeds that make the best guard dogs have a
strong self-preservation instinct which makes them likely to
attack if they feel they are being confronted. They aren't as
tolerant of teasing or abuse as other breeds. For this reason,
your guard dog should have professional training. Ultimately,
you want an animal that you can easily control but that is
territorial about your property.
Start at the beginning by buying a puppy from a breeder with a
good reputation. Gender doesn't matter. Both male and female
dogs can be trained to make good guard dogs. You'll want to
start socializing the dog early on, both with other people and
with other dogs. They should also become accustomed to traffic
and the noises of your neighborhood. Regular walks will take
care of that.
Trainers usually prefer to work with dogs that are 6 to 12
months old, though older dogs can still learn new tricks,
despite the old adage. The first training a dog should receive
is basic obedience training. Here, the dog learns to obey your
basic hand and voice signals, and to walk at your side on and
off lease. For guard dogs, there is additional training called
Controlled Aggression Training which will 3 to 6 months. This is
where the dog learns to attack on command and its instincts to
protect your home are honed.
It's important to remember that owning a trained guard dog is
just like having a weapon. You must take responsibility for it.
Make sure friends and relatives don't come over unannounced, and
if strangers are coming over to work on the house, you'll want
to warn them of the dog's temperament.