Considered to be man’s best friend, dogs are a common choice for people wanting some extra protection on their home. Dogs are friendly and lovable but can also be trained to guard your home and your family in case of an emergency. However, there are a lot of things to consider before buying a dog for the purpose of home security. Obviously, a dog cannot completely cover all the benefits of an alarm system but they can be useful in protecting and alerting others of an intruder. Doberman Pinschers, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chow Chows, Bull Mastiffs, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers are considered to be the best guard dogs according to The Personal Security Handbook. These dogs are superior to other dogs as guards due to their instincts for protecting their masters and their size to take on any harm. This article will help you train your guard dog so that you can optimize your home security to the best of its ability.
Guard dogs can possibly be dangerous animals and require special training in order to protect you and your property in a way that will not put you in a legal situation with an animal attacking a human. The best guard dogs have a strong self-preservation instinct that makes them likely to attack when being confronted. Thus, you need professional training so that the dog can be controlled while still being territorial.
These dogs must be trained from the get-go. Start by looking at puppies from a breeder with a reliable reputation. Either female or male dogs are fine guard dogs and you want to start socializing with the dogs and with other dogs at an early stage so they can be comfortable with you and know that it is you they need to protect. Take these dogs on walks regularly so they are familiar to the noises of your neighborhood.
Although old dogs can still learn new tricks, it is best to train dogs when they are 6 to 12 months old. Basic obedience is essential in training as they will obey your basic voice and hand signals. Their obedience can even lead to them walking on your side without a leash. A special training program called Controlled Aggression Training will teach guard dogs to attack on command and hone its instincts to focus on protecting you and your assets. Always research and see what type of protection you need. Any local police station may be able to assist you with information regarding animal training.
As an owner, you must remember that a guard dog is pretty much like a weapon – you control when it attacks and when it stops attacking. Furthermore, you do have the right to protect your home security but you must also take responsibility for any consequences the dog makes. When friends and family come over, secure your dog (unless the dog is familiar with these guests) and warn strangers who are working on your house, dropping off mail, etc. that your dog is a professional trained guard dog. This will not only keep you safe but also keep innocent people safe. These dogs can make a great pet but also a valuable home security benefit.