Despite his somewhat menacing exterior, your Doberman is probably a sensitive soul at heart. He’s energetic, intelligent, obedient and loyal to a fault. All of those characteristics mean he has great potential to be a guard dog. The challenge is training him to do so. You haven’t had him long so most of your time has been spent messing around and taking him out for regular walks. You’re thinking ahead though, and you want him to be ready for the job at hand when he grows up.
Training a Doberman to be a guard dog will give you an extremely effective security measure. Not only are they a visible deterrent, but they’re fast, strong and pack a menacing bark. This type of obedience training and discipline will also help you to teach him a range of other commands too.
Training a dog to be a guard dog is no easy feat. It requires consistent training and discipline, from both you and your canine companion. Fortunately, Dobermans possess a lot of the natural attributes you want from a guard dog. The challenge comes in conveying precisely what it is you want him to do. So, the first step will be territory training. You will also need to teach him how to bark on command. Don’t worry, with the right incentive you will soon have your effective guard dog.
If he’s a puppy he should be easy to train and you could see results in just a few weeks. If he’s older with a few bad habits he’s picked up on the way, then you may need several months. Succeed and you’ll have an effective deterrent, allowing you to sleep easy at night.
Before you start training, you will need to gather a few items. You will need a secure, short leash. You will also need a long leash or rope for one of the methods below.
Try and set aside 15 minutes each day for training. The more frequently you train, the quicker you will see results. Treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces will be used to motivate him throughout training.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then work can begin!
My dog is very friendly when it comes to strangers approaching us, when we leave him alone in the house he just lays there he doesn’t bark or anything when anyone comes knocks the door. Any help on how to train him to improve him?
Hello Alejandra, First, I suggest teaching pup the Speak command. Once pup knows that command, practice telling pup to speak whenever someone approaches the house - especially people he doesn't know, and praise and reward the barking. Recruit friends pup doesn't know well to approach the house to practice this often. Practice this until pup begins to anticipate the speak command and reward and barks on their own without the command - reward heavily, then when people approach, wait several seconds before giving the speak command to see if pup will bark on their own- then reward if they do. Speak: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-speak Once pup will consistently bark without having to be told - to get a reward, then because it has become a habit, also reward pup whenever you catch them watching people and generally being alert to people in the area. Barking is a self-rewarding behavior, so many times once pup gets into the habit of barking at something while you are there to reward it, the reward of barking itself will continue to encourage the barking at people even when you aren't there later. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My 5 year old pitbull mix won't leave my side. I've always wanted to train Kacey to protect me from people, animals, or other dogs. Please help me with that!
Hello Lilly, You can work on obedience, commands that send him away from you like "Out" - which means go over there, to watch for people acting strange, generally be alert to things around you, and growl or bark on command to seem intimidating; however, to teach him to truly protect you in the event that alerting you and intimidating someone else isn't enough, you will need to pursue formal protection dog training with a qualified trainer who has the right resources and experience to do it safely - such as a bite bag, body suite, and training that utilizes a dog's defense drive and doesn't create suspicion or fear of people in general. True protection training builds a dog's confidence, involves a ton of obedience so that you have better control of pup's behavior, and teaches pup skills like biting and holding when someone moves toward you a certain way - and not just true aggression around strangers in general, which would make your dog a liability and danger to yourself and friends. True protection training is something I only recommend pursuing with professional help. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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