Do you expect your dog to attack and alert you every time there’s an intruder that goes into your home?
German Shepherds are great guard dogs. Image by Steve Bidmead from Pixabay
If you haven’t been following a checklist in getting a personal and home protection dog, it’s best to temper down your expectations.
Your dog might be a dud and relying on him could endanger your family.
Check out how your dog responded every time there’s a stranger in the house to make sure that you are relying on the right pooch the safety of your family, self, and property.
In the following YouTube videos by Inside Edition (first) and Luke Glenet, several dogs were tested if they put their lives on the line if burglars attack their owners:
If you’re about to purchase a dog that you hope would provide home and personal security on top of other benefits a dog brings, here are some pointers to consider:
1. There are Breeds Developed for Guarding
There are countless online resources to provide you the best information.
Talk to the dog experts: These are kennel club members, trainers, breeders, and veterinarians who have worked extensively on different types of guardian dog breeds.
Some breeds may have issues regarding temperament, and you might want to take a look at that.
You may want to pick a breed that has the intelligence to determine whether the person in front of him is someone he should be barking at or a friend or relative that you brought into the house.
Some breeds may also be prone to health conditions like hip dysplasia, bloat, deafness, and cancer.
Among popular guardian dog breeds are the German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Doberman Pinscher, Bullmastiff, Boxer, Rottweiler, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Akita, and Boerboel.
2. Qualities of a Specific Dog
Once you decide on which breed to get, the process doesn’t end there.
Remember that dogs vary in terms of their guarding instincts, even among dogs of the same breed.
Even dogs of the same litter may vary in their abilities.
When picking a dog, it’s important to check out the pedigree and health of the parents. Try to see the veterinary record. If there’s none, then you should look for another dog.
Pick a dog with healthy, pedigreed parents.
3. Your Needs
Ask yourself what are you guarding yourself against?
Do you have small pets in the house that maybe vulnerable to coyote attacks?
Then a nocturnal Livestock Guardian Dog like the Great Pyrenees should be the one for you.
Research what kind of dogs are being used as guardian dogs in houses, farms, commercial establishments, diamond mines, etc.
4. Dog’s Age
Many dog trainers prescribe that training should be started at puppy age to ensure that a guard dog will respond in the best manner possible.
A puppy is easier to train and bonds with family members. Dogs also develop stronger guarding instinct when acquired and trained as a puppy.
However, a puppy may not be able to protect you, your family, and your property until it reaches around nine months old.
If you need immediate canine protection, then you have to go for an older dog, which can still be trained.
If you plan to acquire more than one guardian dog over time, it would be best if at least one of them would be acquired as a puppy.