Responsible dog owners recognize the difference between a guard dog and an attack dog. A guard dog is trained to alert its owner to the presence of a stranger or intruder through barking or growling. Guard dogs are not trained to attack on command or to act in an overly aggressive manner towards a stranger. Therefore, guard dogs generally do not make very good attack dogs.
Before you begin training, you need to determine if your dog’s breed is considered a guard dog breed. Though most dogs can be trained to be guard dogs, certain dog breeds are recognized as being suitable for guard dog training. For example, such smaller breeds as Chow Chows, pugs, and Shar Peis have been known to be good guard dogs. Larger breeds, such as Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherd dogs, and Akitas also make excellent guard dogs.
You’ll need to learn about the personality traits of an ideal guard dog. Contrary to popular belief, a good guard dog should not react out of fear or aggression. Generally, a good guard dog should be territorial and protective of his owner and his owner’s property, yet remain obedient to his owner’s commands.
Do you need help deciding whether or not your pup is a good fit for protection and guard dog training? Contact our team at Come & Train It K9 today!