You come back from sunny vacation, unload the car and reluctantly head back to normality when you see an unhappy neighbor in their yard. You give them a wave but something is clearly up. The neighbor proceeds to tell you there has been a burglary while you’ve been away and the police haven’t caught the culprit. You have young children in the house and struggle to sleep as it is, you don’t need to add another worry to your list.
Security systems can be expensive and pain to install, but you already have the best burglary deterrent living under your roof. Your dog may be soft and cuddly to you, but with the right training, he could be a lean, mean protection machine that could keep your home safe and burglars at bay. You’ll be able to sleep easy at night and have one less worry when you leave the house.
Many people are surprised to learn that training your dog to guard your home is relatively straightforward. A lot of the training consists of showing him where his territory is and incentivizing and rewarding him for protecting it. You don’t need to train him to ferociously bite any strangers, just to give an intimidating bark. This training can work on both young dogs and older dogs. Puppies will be keen to please and quick to learn, so you could see results in just a week or so. Older dogs who have spent a lifetime being placid may need an extra couple of weeks before the training takes hold.
A few weeks may sound like a long time, but it’s a small price to pay to keep your home, family, and treasured possessions safe. This training will also strengthen the bond between you and your canine pal.
Before you turn him into the hounds of the Baskerville, you’ll need a few bits. Treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces will be required to reward and motivate him. You’ll also need a leash, a body harness if he’s strong, plus a person your dog doesn’t know. A secure fence or boundaries will also be needed to remove the risk of anyone getting hurt during training.
You’ll also need a quiet 10 minutes a day where you won’t be distracted. The only other thing you need is patience and then training can commence.