Most dogs will instinctively act in a protective manner towards their master and the rest of the family. In some instances, they will even act in a protective manner towards close family friends or others who are frequent visitors to your home. But, at the same time, you can also train your dog to protect your children from harm. Bear in mind that training your dog to protect your child is not quite the same as training him to behave like the traditional guard dog all the time, they can also take on other roles.
While it is best to start training your pup at an early age, you can train also train an adult dog to protect your children. It's just a little harder and may take more time. Bear in mind, you instill a sense of loyalty by the way you treat your pup. The more loyalty he feels towards you and your family, the more naturally protective he will be and the easier it will be for you to train him.
Your dog is already a valuable member of your family, but when you train him to protect your children, he becomes literally indispensable. He will work hard and do his best to protect the rest of his pack (aka your family, especially the kids, who he sees as cubs in the pack). Training your dog to guard your children can take a few weeks of hard work or longer. To a certain degree, it depends on the breed as some like German shepherds, Doberman pinschers, and Rottweilers are more suited to being guard dogs.
However, this doesn't mean you can't teach many other breeds to protect your kids. The big thing you need to know is that there is a big difference between guard dogs and attack dogs. In this article, we are talking about guarding, not attacking. Just remember: training your dog to guard or protect your kids is going to take some time and patience.
Before you can train your dog to protect, he must first have mastered the basic commands, 'come', 'sit', 'stay', and 'down'. If possible, you may want to work on training him to 'speak' or bark--and be quiet--on command. Your dog should also be well socialized with other people and dogs. This will go a long way towards helping your dog learn to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys. Supplies needed for this training include:
The big thing about training your dog to protect your kids is that you are, in reality, teaching him to do something that already comes to him naturally. Remember: the goal is to train him to protect your kids, not to be an aggressive attack dog.
my dog is super hyper how do I control that
Hello, First, make sure that Zadok is receiving enough mental and physical exercise. The mental exercise is even more important for the hyperactivity than the physical exercise. Because he is a German Shepherd, which is a breed that was bred to work and have stamina, he needs to be challenged mentally. Spend thirty-minutes a day teaching him something new, working on things that he already knows but making them more challenging, practicing tricks, or doing exercises that take focus. If he is still physically able, then you can also set up some obstacles outside, like an agility course, practice commands during walks, and give him puzzle toys to focus on. Practicing obedience will also improve your communication with him, his focus, and his respect and trust toward you. Second, work on "Jazz Up Settle Down". This means, practice getting him excited by playing with him, then stop the game suddenly by freezing and give him a command, like "Sit". The fun will not resume until he obeys. When he obeys, give him a treat and praise him, then tell him "Okay" and go back to playing with him. At first, it will take him a bit to settle down and be able to obey. Keep things serious and boring until he calms down enough to obey. As you practice, just like any skill, he will get better at it, until he can obey right away during this game. This will help with his impulse control, his obedience during times of excitement, and him being able to switch focus onto something else while excited, like a toy instead of rough housing. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I’m 16 Years Old and I Want To Train My Female Pitbull To Search , Rescue And Protect And Also Be Emotional Support Dog And Other Little Tricks Along The Way Is This Too Much For A Puppy Or No ?.
Hello Jamaya, If you are willing to work hard at training and socializing, she has a balanced (non-fearful, non-aggressive) temperament, she is focused on people (you specifically), and motivated by something you can use to help her learn - like food, then that is not too much. However, I do NOT suggest teaching her to be protective if you also want to train her to be an emotional support animal. Her being too protective will interfere with her ability to be a support animal and go more places with you safety. A well trained, well socialized dog with a focus on their person will often naturally act protective if there is true danger and they care about the person they are with from having a solid relationship of trust and respect. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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How can I get my to speak or let me know when someone is at the door? I would also like to know how to get her to be more obedient and protective?
Hello Devin, Check out the article linked below on teaching a dog to bark on command. Once you have taught Cinammon to "Speak" when you tell her to, then whenever someone comes to your door, command her to "Speak!" and reward and praise her when she does. Recruit friends she doesn't know to come to your door to practice this, or order things you normally buy, online for a while so that mail carriers are dropping packages on your porch often. After she has been command to "Speak!" during several visits from people to your door, stop giving her the command and wait for her to do it on her own when she hears someone. If she barks on her own when someone comes to the door, praise her and give a treat. If she doesn't bark on her own after seven seconds, tell her to "Speak!" to remind her. Practice this until she has learned to bark whenever someone comes to your door without having to tell her. You can also tell her to "Say Hi" to friends who you let come inside, so that she learns the difference between someone coming in invited and not invited - praise her for saying hi to someone she is told to greet. Work on having her ignore any people she encounters that she is not told to say hi to while out with you. Bark on command article: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-speak For obedience, one of the easiest routes to take is to enroll her in an Intermediate Obedience class if she already understands commands like Sit, Down, Come, and Heel, but isn't able to do them consistently around distractions yet. An Intermediate Obedience class will practice her basic commands but it will work on those commands in the presence of other people and dogs and there should be detailed instructions on how to practice the commands you are working on in class in other locations and distractions between classes too - to improve her skills even more. A structured heel and Down-Stay, where she is taught to ignore other distractions can help her look more intimidating too without adding aggression that becomes unmanageable. German Shepherds are naturally protective when they sense true danger typically. The issue is rarely teaching the dog to be more protective - which can quickly turn into aggression and possessiveness, but rather helping the dog be more focused on you, composed, and to bark on command or when people approach, so that they appear more fierce and alert to would be predators. A well socialized, obedience dog, who is focused on you and exposed to a lot of people but taught to stay focused on you around others, is more able to tell when something is truly amiss and to act protective when there is true danger - but be safe enough around other people when there is not danger so that you can actually take the dog places with you - an overly aggressive dog is no help because they aren't able to go places with you due to aggression. In general you need to teach a dog what a command means first - so that they understand the word. Don't ever assume your dog understands if you haven't taken the time to teach her the command. Once your dog understands that "Sit" means sit for example, then practice that command in a variety of locations around different types of distractions, starting with easy distractions and locations first, and working up to harder ones as she improves. Give treats in new locations but gradually phase them out by giving them less and less frequently as your dog improves in that location - so that your dog only gets them after several successful repetitions of a command. If your dog refuses to obey despite knowing the meaning of a command, gradually working up to doing that command in a new place or around a certain distraction, and having treats phased out, then also use methods that enforce your commands even when your dog does not want to obey, to teach them through your own consistency that they need to listen. For example, follow the "Reel In' method for teaching Come from the article linked below, using the long leash to consistently show your dog that they must come - without you having to be harsh. Reel In method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Check out the article linked below for another example for teaching Down reliably, and steps for how to gain consistency with commands: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-teach-puppy-lie-down-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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