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Why Do Labrador Retrievers Make Good Guard Dogs



4 min read


Why Do Labrador Retrievers Make Good Guard Dogs




Moses is extremely loyal. In all that he does, he wants to make sure he is doing everything right for you. Whether you are playing fetch, feeding him his meal, or relaxing at home, Moses will follow and do exactly what you say because he loves you. Although this seems normal to you, you have noticed it is not normal for all dogs. In fact, Moses is extremely protective over you and your home. You have begun to wonder why Labrador Retrievers are more loyal and protective than other dog breeds because recently, you have noticed that Moses has been acting like a guard dog. 

The Root of the Behavior

Labrador Retrievers are bred to be loyal dogs. In fact, you may even notice that Moses looks to you as if you are his pack leader and he will probably follow you in any way that you want. You may also find that this breed works in law enforcement sometimes and Labrador Retrievers usually are bred to work as guide dogs. They are trained as puppies and learn to act as an assisting leader for their owners early on in life. Therefore, their loyalty is extremely strong and they are not timid when it comes to protecting their owners from anything that may seem dangerous because it is just a part of their canine nature. Yet, it is important to know that this dog breed will not act aggressively towards their family, which you may have noticed in Moses. 

Moses is extremely gentle and loving towards you and your family all of the time, even though he barks quite often. As puppies, Labrador Retrievers have been known to constantly bark and they may even be overly sensitive to the world they are being introduced to. In the past, Moses may have even caused you trouble when you were out in social situations because he may have wanted to alert you of things while you were out and about. Most owners will train their dogs early on to understand that they do not need to bark at everything and as the owner, you are their alpha leader. Most times, Labrador Retrievers will understand this and easily listen to the training that you are providing. Yet, that does not change the fact that your dog is protective over you. If you are not home and a stranger comes into your house, your dog is going to protect the house like it is your life at stake because of his extreme loyalty. 

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Encouraging the Behavior

You cannot take commitment and loyalty out of your dog and you should not want to. Moses is a great dog and he is going to protect you and love you in any way that he can. Therefore, it is important to know that your dog will work hard to take care of you, even if he does not come across as a vicious animal. You can train Moses to know that when you are around and when you are safe, he does not need to protect you and bark. This can help show Moses that you are the alpha leader and you are capable of providing safety and protection for yourself and for your family.

Yet, if your dog spots something that seems unsafe and you are unaware of it, you may want to allow your dog to act as a guard dog. Although he may not act out in an extremely violent way all of the time, his watchful tendency to provide loyalty and protection can make a huge difference. Sometimes, barking is the only thing that your dog needs to do to protect you. When dogs bark, people will usually run off and their loud barks are usually a way of sending off a warning. However, you should make sure Moses only uses his guard dog skills when they are absolutely necessary. 

Other Solutions and Considerations

You can train Moses to interpret certain social situations properly, so he does not attack or bark at anything and everything that comes near you and your family. Sometimes, it can get quite annoying when your dog reacts to every person, dog, or noise that is in your house. You can show your dog who is friendly, new, and allowed in your presence by proper training. You may also want to teach your dog the basic commands of sit and stay. This can help when you are teaching your dog what life situations are safe and unsafe for you and your family.


Depending on what you desire in a guard dog, having a Labrador Retriever might be the best option. They are loyal, dedicated, and gentle, despite being able to act as your guard dog in times of need. In fact, Moses may even protect you when you are unaware that you are in danger. If you need assistance with training your dog as a guard dog, you may want to contact a behavioralist.

By a Golden Retriever lover Erika Seidel

Published: 04/20/2018, edited: 01/30/2020

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