Most of us assume, and in some cases rightly so, that our four-legged furry friend will naturally want to protect our home and property. However, there are those dogs who believe that having a stranger come into the yard is more a reason to become excited and happy rather than to defend it. It may take some training to have your dog understand and defend the territory of your yard.
Worth noting here is that you are training your dog to protect your yard and scare away strangers, not to be aggressive and attack them. If your dog attacks and bites someone, you could find yourself being held liable in a civil court. What you are doing is training your pup to act in an aggressive manner by barking. Not only should this scare the intruder away, but it will alert you to their presence.
The task in and of itself is pretty simple: you want your dog to protect your yard and home by barking in an aggressive manner without actually attacking the intruder. Sounds easy enough, doesn't it? After all, your dog barks at strangers anyway, but the trick is to teach him when to bark and when not to. Before you can train your dog to protect your yard, he must first know the basic commands, 'sit', 'stay', 'come' and 'down'. Any age dog can be taught to protect, but the early you start the training, the easier it will go and the faster your pup will learn.
Caution must be exercised during the training to instill a sense of restraint in your pup so that he will defend your property without physically attacking an intruder. The training sessions should take place daily over a period of weeks using different people your pup doesn't know to act as strangers. Be patient and work hard, your pup will soon learn to make the most of his natural instinct to protect.
You can start training your dog to protect your yard at a young age, but you should wait until he has mastered the basic commands. You may also want to talk to your vet to make sure your pup is physically capable of performing the task. Typically, this means waiting until he is a young adult and his bones and muscles have fully formed. For training purposes, there are a few things you might find come in handy.
The most important thing to remember is that training your dog to protect your yard is going to take time, more with some breeds than with others. Be patient, reward your pup when he gets it right, and never punish him for getting it wrong. This will only confuse and dishearten him, it will not lead to a successful outcome.
Hi , im trying to teach mi dog to protect mi garden from animal , i read the article who talk about protecting the territory from strainger but its hard to me converting that technic to what i realy want to do . Do you have a tip for me , or do you have a link to some information that can help me ? I cant find anyting about it
Hello Remi, First, teach your dog to "Speak" on command. Check out the article linked below for how to train that: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-speak Next, spend time with your pup calmly in the garden. As soon as an animal approaches your yard, draw your dog's attention to it and command speak. If your dog chases the animal away praise that as well. Reward pup for barking when the animal appears and for chasing it away. Repeat this type of training regularly, until pup will start barking at the animal and chasing it without you telling them to. Continue to praise and reward when they do that, even if you didn't tell them to. Practice the training until your dog starts also chasing and barking at animals in your garden when you are inside - on their own. If you don't want pup to bark, but just to chase, don't teach speak and don't reward it. Instead, when you are in the garden with pup and see an animal, run after the animal encourage your dog to follow you. Practice this until pup will take off after the animal before you start running when they spot it. Finally, practice until pup will also chase animals away while you are inside. If the animal they need to chase is large or dangerous the training will need to be modified for safety- I am assuming the animal is smaller based on your dog's breed and size. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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my dog is to friendly does not bark at strangers
Hello, if you hope to train Hulk to bark at strangers, it is best to consult a professional trainer to come and work with the both of you. You need to train Hulk carefully and correctly so that he knows how to distinguish friend and stranger. You do not want to end up with a dog that is unmanageable even with the guests that you invite over. So, pro training is needed. In the meantime, work to socialize Hulk with people and animals by exposing him to both every day. Trips to the dog park, lots of walks, and obedience training at home are key points to keep in mind for a well-rounded dog. Take a look here: https://wagwalking.com/training/obedience-train-a-great-dane and https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-pitbull-puppy-to-be-obedient. Good luck and all the best to Hulk!
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How to train them to protect yard my son has alot of people over and they let them in without barking at them someone just walked into my yard and took a bunch of can and bottles recycle
Hello Vivian, You can either hire a professional protection trainer to train pup formally, or you can work on teaching pup to bark when someone comes onto the property and generally be more alert of surroundings, on your own. For any bite work, you will need to hire professional help though. To teach pup to bark and be more alert, first, teach pup the Speak command. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-speak Once pup knows the speak command, recruit friends pup doesn't know to step onto the property while pup watches from a window or fence. Command speak and reward with a treat when they do. Practice with telling pup to speak each time the person is on the property, until pup barks on their own when the person enters without saying speak. At that point, have the person step onto the property, wait seven seconds to see if pup will bark on their own, reward if they do, and command speak if they don't - then reward but give a smaller reward when you tell pup opposed to when pup does it on their own. Practice until pup will bark each time someone enters the property. Practice with different people you can recruit, that pup doesn't know so that pup will learn to do this with anyone who enters the property and not just that one person. Draw pup's attention to people outside or people on your property, and reward pup when you see them watching someone in general - so that pup will begin watching people and staying more alert as a habit. Pup doesn't have to bark to reward this one - just reward when pup is watching someone and you notice that. I also recommend teaching the Quiet command, so that you can tell pup when to stop barking after they alert. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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