Dogs have been used as a security measure in people’s homes for many years…and for good reason! Having a trusted companion to keep your home safe can be the best way to rest easy.
Whilst many active Security Dogs are of a particular breed, it is still possible to give your dog the proper features with the standard Security Dog Training. Dogs with a friendly demeanor around young children and show control in exciting situations are often the best to keep your home safe. It is bewildering sometimes to check out whether your puppy will have these qualities, but as we see below, the younger you begin Security Guard Training, the better.
For around a tenth of all dog-owners, the main reason for their pet is to offer security for their family home. It is therefore determining that these pet owners realise that security dog training is not something to be learnt quickly. If you are thinking about using your dog as a means of protection against intruders in the home, you can start by following these very simple tips:
1. It is imperative that you are seen as the ‘master’ and this starts when the dog is a puppy. It is so important that the dog understands your power over them as without this, there is no way you will be able to then train your dog into a security dog. Starting your security dog training with an older dog that has no respect for you or anyone else is virtually unobtainable.
2. If you are training your dog from a puppy, it is then far easier to ‘add-on’ commands to the standard supply of ordinary commands. By building upon these building blocks of dog training, the validity of your security dog training is easily enriched.
3. Your dog must understand and act upon the command ‘come’. Without this basic command, your dog will not be able to take on new commands and will get preoccupied easily.
4. As with all dog training, a consistent voice is a must so it’s worth spending some time practising your tone, volume and pitch and seeing how it affects your dog. Choose the most capable voice and stick to it.
5. Positive reinforcement is integral in Security Dog Training, as it is in many aspects of dog training. Many dog owners make the mistake of associating failure with negative reinforcement which can include physical punishment. In Security Dog Training, this can create an overly aggressive dog which will only lead to further problems.
6. Your dog must understand and act upon the command ‘stop’. Why I hear you ask – “surely in the event of someone breaking into my property I won’t be wanting to get my dog to stop?!” Wrong. Getting your dog to stop and lie down, regardless of what they are stopping doing, is an invaluable attribute and critical in training your dog to be an efficacious security dog. The ‘Stop’ command is the golden command and the real sign of a dog’s obedience.
7. How many times have you been barked at whilst innocently just walking past someone’s house? Your dog must understand and act upon the command ‘No bark’. You may be thinking, “surely a capable guard dog is one which doesn’t stop barking in order to alert as many people as possible about a break in into my home”. Whilst this is suitable, again getting your dog to understand the differences between ordinary people visiting your home and criminals is momentous.
So there you have it, some top tips to remember when deciding whether to train your dog into a Security Dog. If you decide to begin your Security Dog Training with an adult dog, the challenges you will face are greater but you still may be able to get the required results…it might just take more time! Easier is to start your Security Dog Training the minute your puppy becomes part of your family and secure you home with a law-abiding, capable Security Dog of steel! Dogs have been used as a security measure in people’s homes for many years…and for good reason! Having a trusted companion to keep your home safe can be the best way to rest easy.