How To Train A Guard Dog The Right Way

Posted: May 24, 2014 in Dog Behavior, Guard Dog Training, Puppy Training
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The first question that you need to ask yourself is,. “Do I know how to train a guard dog”? If the answer is no, then you need to hire a professional dog trainer to help you.

Guarding is a natural dog behavior, and some dogs can be trained very easily to guard us and our property. The ideal candidate for guard dog training would be a dog that is confident, has a strong drive..(either for food or toys), and is responsive to their owner at all times even when there are distractions. A dog can be trained to guard without fostering aggression. Teaching your dog to bark at strangers, and laying out clear boundaries for him to patrol is the only method I use.

Must Have A Strong Foundation In Obedience

A good guard dog will have been trained to come,sit,down,and stay reliably. In the event of an intruder you will want to be sure your dogs are going to do what you ask the moment you ask them.

Do not move forward with training until you are sure you can control your dog.

Set The Boundaries Your Dog Will Patrol

Using treats or toys as a reward, walk your dog around the perimeter of the area they will be guarding, and periodically toss a treat ahead of the dog, when the dog perks up and looks say,”Watch it”, and let the dog have the treat as a reward for looking.

Put Barking on Command

You will want your dog to bark at certain times to alert you of strangers coming on to your property. To train your dog to bark on command first get a toy or food reward, hold it up and get your dog excited about the reward to the point that he barks. Use a happy, playful, and excited tone in your voice to encourage your dog to bark. As soon as he barks give the reward. Repeat this exercise as much as you can, and in a little bit your dog will bark as soon as you give the command.

Train Your Dog To Bark at Strangers

Have a few of your friends that your dog is not familiar with to stand just outside the boundaries to your property. Walk you dog around the perimeter, and when you see a person, say,” Watch it”, and when your dog looks at the stranger, give the command to speak. Reward him the second he barks, to reinforce the idea that it’s good to bark at people we don’t recognize.

Change up your friends so the dog don’t get familiar.

It is of the utmost importance that you continue to socialize your dog in order to prevent him from getting to possessive of you, take him to the dog park often, and other family outings. Teach him the difference between being home( where his job is), and being out with the family (the times when he can relax, be social with everyone, and have fun).

Never train a guard dog to bite, there is a distinct difference on how to train a guard dog v.s. how to train a protection dog. I will cover this topic in a future post, so stay tuned.

That’s all for today

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Good luck, and good training.

Harley

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