Ways to Teach Your Dog to Protect You
A dog will by nature be protective of his master or mistress and other members of the family. He will also be protective towards family friends and other people who frequent the house. Although it’s easier to train a dog while it’s still a puppy, an adult dog can also be trained to protect its master. Here are some useful tips to help you further teach your dog to protect you.
Use Fitting Commands!
Never underestimate the meaning of commands when training your dog. If you expect your dog to protect you, you have to make it very clear to him that he must come to your rescue. The only way you can do this is through commands, sounds or your physical actions.
Use some kind of prop that can represent the enemy or threat. Command your dog to attack that specific item by loudly saying the word, “Attack!”. Soon enough, whenever your dog hears you use the command, “Attack!”, he will understand that he must fight the object you’re pointing at.
While you’re training your dog to attack, you also have to teach him how to stop the attack. Give the command, “Stop attack!” whenever you want him to stop attacking the prop. This is very important; if you neglect this part of attack training, your dog could end up attacking indiscriminately.
Encourage Your Dog to Socialize
Don’t neglect to introduce your puppy to people and allow him to interact with them. A good guard dog will be friendly around children and adults. This is a very important exercise because it will help your dog to understand the difference between “good” people and “bad” people.
People who are safe will be those who are allowed to pet him and those who he is allowed to come close to.
Another way to let your dog know that a person is unsatisfactory involves using a leash when you take your dog for a walk. When you want your dog to scare someone or something away or you don’t want someone to pet him, tug the leash away from the threatening object. The fact that you are tugging the leash will give your dog the awareness that he must keep his master and himself away from the object of threat.
Teach Your Dog Night Guarding
Here you will be teaching your dog to do a nightly check on the house. It will be good to do this a few times so that he understands that he needs to do the house check routine every night.
After a few days he should start doing the exercise on his own; he’ll check the house and then return indoors. This will help train him to be a good guard dog. If he does not return inside, you’ll need to use a command to get him to come back inside. Use the command, “Come!” and he will return inside.
Reward Him for Good Behavior
Give your dog a “Good dog!” verbal praise or reward him with pats, hugs or treats – this is an excellent way of letting him know that you’re pleased with his behavior. It’s your responsibility as the master to ensure that your dog is rewarded for good behavior and punished for bad behavior.
Punishment involves scolding your dog – use the command, “Bad dog!” or “No! Bad dog!”. You will also need to employ punishments such as confining him to his kennel and prohibiting him from coming to you. This will help your dog to understand that there are certain things he must not do because they upset you.
Disadvantages of Aggression Training
Home Training vs. Professional Training
Is it wise to train your own dog to become an aggressive guard dog? There is general conflict of opinion about this. Some people believe that it’s a bad idea to train your dog to behave aggressively at your command. Many dog owners as well as professional dog trainers believe that dogs should be trained by qualified dog behaviorists and trainers. Such people are able to predict the dog’s reaction and aptitude.
The reality is that not all dogs have the inclination to be protectors; when faced with the options of fight or flight, they will choose to back away from threats. Other dogs, however, will instinctively come to your rescue when they sense your concern, without having been trained to do so.
When Your Training Backfires
There have been occasions when home-trained dogs have been aggressive towards their owners or family members. Oversights like this happen when the dog has only been taught to behave aggressively and therefore doesn’t realize where things need to stop!
If you don’t teach your dog to protect you in a controlled manner, he can become a grim nightmare, which is why professional training is so much better.
Legal Problems and Costly Licenses with Aggressive Dogs
Owning an aggressive dog is a liability that can require costly licenses and special permits. Additionally, if your dog should physically attack another person or someone else’s pet, you would be held responsible for any damage. You might have to face heavy medical bills for the victim as well as legal warnings. If the incidents happen repeatedly, the law may require your dog to be euthanized.
Use these basic steps to properly teach your dog to protect you and your family. Most importantly, treat your dog with infinite love and care. This doesn’t mean you should pamper your dog. Remember that your dog must regard you as his master, not as his equal; then he can protect you efficiently.