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Proper Guard Dog Training

Updated on January 28, 2010

Training a dog is a very complex and particular activity, one that requires a firm yet loving hand and the proper amount of respect at all times.

Guard dog training is even trickier not only because of the breeds used for guard dogs but because of the complexity of the training itself. Guard dogs receive special training that not only requires a careful attention to detail but a deep understanding of how these breeds interact.

The Breeds For Guard Dog Training

The dogs specifically used for guard dog training are naturally more aggressive, more willing to attack in self-defense and preservation and for that reason are not as tolerant as many other breeds of the teasing or taunting that dogs are often confronted with. For all these reasons, if you own or plan on getting a guard dog, you should have them professionally trained to minimize the chance of an accident or attack occurring.

Whenever you buy a dog you plan to put through guard dog training, ensure that the puppy you get is of good breeding, always from a breeder with a good reputation. It doesn't generally matter which gender you get as either make equally good guard dogs, but ensure that they are well cared for in youth and have healthy, strong parents.

Socialization Is Key In Guard Dog Training

Like any other dog, socialize your dog early on. Take them on walks and introduce them to other people and dogs to get them acclimated to the world. It is not easy to train a dog to be disciplined if they are spooked or aggressive with everything they don't understand including other people and dogs.

The best time for guard dog training classes is between 6 and 12 months. When a puppy is too young, their attention span and excess energy easily get in the way. On the flip side, if a dog gets too old they are not quite as easy to teach. Most trainers prefer this age range. First off, attend basic obedience training. The fundamentals are key and teaching your dog to obey the basic hand and voice commands are vital. Your dog should be able to walk on a leash with no problems, listen to basic commands and obey even when they are stressed out.

Additional Guard Dog Training

For guard dogs, there is an additional basic training course, known as Controlled Aggression Training. This is essentially where your guard dog learns the basics necessary to protect you and your home. Dogs have an automatic instinct to protect you and your home, but this training will hone that instinct and ensure that it is only used when absolutely necessary. You don't want an aggressive dog, just one that will properly attack threatening intruders.

Once you've trained a guard dog, it's important to keep careful track and control of them. Your dog is a dangerous animal now, if not properly cared for and for that reason you should take extra steps to be responsible. Make sure no one comes over unannounced and post signs on your fence that there is a guard dog within. It's wonderful to have a dog that is loyal and protective but at the same time you should ensure yours and everyone else's safety.

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