One of the most common forms of dog training is to bulk up security around family, property and valuables. Many owners look to install a canine into their home that will be an obedient family pet but also an avid protector.
Training to ensure this balance can be tough and should be handled with extreme care. We have gathered some top tips that you must take seriously:
Finding the Right Breed
Not all dogs are suitable for such training, commonly larger breeds such as German Shepard’s have been utilised due to high intelligence and size. If it is purely an early warning you are looking for, smaller dogs such as terriers can be ideal but react more on instinct than any training.
It is important to begin training your dog from the early puppy stage but should only be introduced after the initial house behaviours have been progressed.
Canines are not people and can turn nasty. If you plan to encourage your dog to show aggression, even vocally it must be channelled in the correct manner. Failure to do so could result in injury to a loved one; nine times out of ten, the dog should not be blamed – the lack of skilled training is the cause.
Leaving it to the Pros
Given the nature of this training a professional trainer should be drafted in to oversee events. They can teach you how to correctly proceed or even better, manage the whole process for you. All experts would advise against striking the balance of loved pet and protector without supervision.
Finally, don’t forget that all forms of training can take time so be patient with your dog. Keep them stimulated but rested and don’t overwork them. If you would like advice or an initial consultation to discuss how we can help with guard dog training, please get in touch.