You’re loving having your cute little Doberman puppy in your home. However, you know he won’t remain small and cute for too long. Which is fine, that is part of the reason you chose him. You also love Dobermans for their intelligence, loyalty, and energy but now you want to put those attributes to use. You would like to train him to be a guard dog.
Training a Doberman puppy to be a guard dog will bring with it several benefits. Firstly, you will have an effective deterrent and an efficient way of keeping a place or object secure. But this type of training is also a great way to instill discipline, making it easier to teach your Doberman a range of other commands too. Finally, this sort of training is a fantastic way to channel his energy into something productive.
Training a Doberman puppy to be a guard dog is surprisingly straightforward. You will use boundary training to show him the object is within his territory, therefore requiring his protection. You will also use obedience commands to bring out the defensive types of behaviors you would like to see, such as barking. Another essential component of training will come in the form of finding the right motivator. Dobermans, like most dogs, will do almost anything for food. So the right mouthwatering incentive will be needed.
Because he’s a puppy he should be a fast learner. This means you could see results in just a matter of weeks. However, if he’s stubborn and not so interested in learning then it may take several months before you see consistent results. Get this training right and you will be able to sleep easy at night knowing your house is being safely guarded.
Before you get to work, you will need to get your hands on a few things. Stock up on tasty treats or break your dog's favorite food into small pieces. If you’re stuck for ideas on food, cheese is often fairly effective.
You will also need a long leash, a short training leash, and 15 minutes each day to commit to training. The more consistently you train, the sooner you will see results.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a proactive attitude, then work can begin!