How to Train a Guard Dog

If you've ever wanted your furry friend to become a reliable line of defense, this guide will give you and your family the safety they deserve.


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You Will Need

  • Patience
  • Positive energy
  • A professional trainer


  1. Trained guard dogs are not infallible and can be a liability. Be prepared to accept full responsibility for your pet and understand the risks associated with owning such an animal.

  2. Step 1

    Select the best dog

    Select a breed that has a calm temperament, good socialization, and will watch your property without being distracted.

  3. Step 2

    Practice basic obedience

    Practice basic obedience based on trust and mutual respect. Teach your dog to respond to your commands the first time, without hesitation.

  4. Step 3

    Educate to respond to strangers

    Teach your dog to respond to strangers by barking and alerting a family member. Reward them with a treat or toy.

  5. Only the owner should offer commands and reward with treats.

  6. Step 4

    Expose to all family members and friends

    Expose your dog to all family members and friends, including young children in the neighborhood.

  7. Step 5

    Train your dog to attack

    Train your dog to attack clothing and appendages without being lethal when your family or property is threatened.

  8. Post a "Beware of Dog" sign to alert visitors and reduce the danger of an accidental attack.

  9. Step 6

    Seek professional help

    Invest in years of training. A competent guard dog cannot be trained without years of professional guidance. Do not do this alone.

  10. Did you know? Unneutered male dogs are responsible for up to 76 percent of reported dog bite incidents and a majority of other types of aggression.