Everyone else might be wary around your German shepherd, but you know he’s just cute and loveable inside. German shepherds are well known for being intelligent, loyal and at times protective. They’re also brave and alert. This all makes them the ideal guard dog. Nobody wants to try their luck with a German shepherd. So, you don’t need to train him to be violent, just a bark and a stare will usually do the trick. However, at the moment your German shepherd just wants to jump up and lick everybody. Turning him into an effective guard dog may not be so straightforward.
Succeed and you’ll have a reliable and efficient guard dog. German shepherds are the perfect breed for this work. So, get it right and you’ll be able to sleep easy at night with him on guard downstairs.
Training any dog to be a guard dog is challenging. However, German shepherds naturally possess a lot of the attributes you’re going to need, so hopefully, your job will be a little easier. You will need to use obedience training to ensure you have strict control. You’ll also need to find an incentive to encourage the right behaviors. You’ll also need to take steps to make the thing or things he needs to guard feel like they’re inside his territory.
Puppies should be switched on and learn fast. You could see results in just a couple of weeks. If your dog is older and not quite as receptive as he once was, then you may need a couple of months before you see consistent results. Get this training right and you’ll have a truly effective deterrent.
Before training can begin you’ll need to collect a few bits. You’ll need a long leash for one of the methods. You may also want to use a body harness to increase your control and reduce the strain on his neck.
You’ll need a decent supply of treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces. You’ll also need plenty of time. If you can dedicate 10 minutes each day to training you’ll see results much quicker.
Apart from that, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude and you’re ready to get to work!