Welcome to our section on guard dog training. When it comes to your pet dog, you have a few options.
You can let them run rampant around your house, untrained, peeing on the rug, and leaping on people who come in the door – but only to lick their face!
Or you can smarten your dog up, and teach them the difference between the people that live in the house, and those that do not, aka intruders!
Guard dog training goes beyond simple manners, and who’s got the power in the household. It also goes beyond your dog scamming treats off of you.
Proper guard dog training can teach any dog some simple practices that will help make your dog have some additional value in your home, aside from being adorable and sitting on your lap when you’re watching TV.
Some dogs are born to protect, including a number of larger dogs such as Dobermans, Shepherds, Labs, Rotweillers…
But there are also smaller dogs which might surprise you in so far as how great of a guard dog they can be for you, like Jack Russells.
You can also turn some dogs’ yappy tendencies into effective alarms for your home. In other words, don’t yap when I walk into the room, but if someone comes through that door at the wrong time, dog, you then should yap!
Another important element of guard dog training is not to make your dog into an overly vicious, overly protective, snapping, foaming mess. No.
Rather, it’s all about discipline. For your dog but for you, the owner, as well. If you’re a disorganized, poorly communicating wreck, so to will your dog be.
The upside here is that if you’re diligent, you can train your dog to do exactly what you want it to do and it can be that much more valuable to you and your family as a smaller hairier family member that will help to keep your house safe.