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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.


  • : 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.
  • Step 1: Select the best dog Select a breed that has a calm temperament, good socialization, and will watch your property without being distracted.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Only the owner should offer commands and reward with treats.
  • Step 4: Expose to all family members and friends Expose your dog to all family members and friends, including young children in the neighborhood.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Post a "Beware of Dog" sign to alert visitors and reduce the danger of an accidental attack.
  • 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.
  • FACT: 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.

You Will Need

  • Patience
  • Positive energy
  • A professional trainer

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