Many people assume that a guard dog is a very aggressive bite machine, but in fact a well trained guard dog is anything but an aggressive dog. Protection is a natural canine behavior, so most dogs can be taught to be a guardian home or certain territory, through noninvasive methods, such as patrolling and barking at intruders.
So this time we show you 6 steps for your dog to be a good guardian or protector of your family.
1. SABER IF YOU AND YOUR DOG ARE FIT FOR TRAINING
Talk to a professional trainer to determine whether or not you have the ability to train your dog like a guard dog. The coach also identify if your dog has what it takes to be a guard dog. Good guard dogs are consistent, confident and motivated, either per game or food rewards. A guard dog must also be non-reactive to distractions and able to pay attention to your coach at all times.
If you do not have the time, perseverance and patience is needed for this work, it is advisable to leave your dog training to professionals.
2. STARTING WITH THE BASICS
Teach your dog basic obedience skills. A good watchdog must respond to both voice commands and hand signals, therefore should be the first thing to learn if a dog wants to be a good steward. A solid “sit”, “down”, “come” and “stay” are necessary to control the dog in case of an intruder, so make sure your dog has a solid foundation of obedience before moving forward in their training.
3. TEACHING BARKING
You must train the dog to bark at a simple command. This mention a simple but effective routine.
- Keep some of your dog’s favorite treat or toy on his head, and say “speak”.
- Shake the toy and talk with an excited voice to encourage the dog to bark.
- As soon as he barks, you must reward him with the treat or toy.
- Repeat this exercise several times a day until the dog from barking with excitement as soon as you give the command “speak”.
4. TEACHING TERRITORY
You should familiarize the dog with the boundaries of your property. Watchdogs are often used to announce the presence of strangers or intruders in their territory, so your dog must know the exact boundaries of their territory in order to bark at the right time. This requires walking the dog around your property, encouraging them to see their surroundings throwing treats in front of him. As you encouraged and going in the direction of the goodies, tell aloud “sees” and then let eat the treats as a reward. This little routine will teach the dog to go see an always determined when you place the order.
5. ENCOURAGE THE DOG BARKING
Encourage your dog to bark at strangers but always in a controlled environment. To do this follow this routine:
- Ask some friends to visit him and they stop at the boundaries of your property.
- Take the dog to them and say “see.”
- As soon as I get the attention of strangers, say “speak”. Then reward him with a treat in the second it starts to bark.
This teaches the dog to bark at strange faces is his duty as a watchdog. This routine should be done with the friends that the dog does not know.
6. SOCIALIZE THE WATCHDOG
Take your dog to the store often, veterinary, park or other place to relax, this will prevent you from becoming too possessive. Guard dogs are not socialized can become too possessive and aggressive, even when not on your property.