Dexter is totally full of life. From the moment you brought him home, he's charged around the house, eager to play and lick everyone. He certainly is not short of confidence. In fact, your German Shepherd puppy would go home with anyone. Now while you love that trusting nature, you brought him home for a specific reason, because you wanted a guard dog. And German Shepherds are the perfect breed for the job, as they’re obedient, strong, and menacing just to look at.
Training your German Shepherd puppy to be a guard dog will bring you a whole host of benefits. Most importantly, you’ll have an effective way to guard those you love, your house, and other belongings. The training will also help raise a well-trained German Shepherd whom you have considerable control over. Lastly, training simply makes for a great way for you both to bond.
Training your German Shepherd puppy to be a guard dog will require persistence and will come with its challenges. You’ll need to teach a range of obedience commands and will also need to encourage the pup to take an interest in strangers and bark at them. This will be done with verbal commands and the right tasty incentive. Training will also require careful socialization as you don’t want your dog becoming overly aggressive.
Because your Shepherd is just a puppy, their brains should be like a sponge. This means you could start to see results in a month or so. But if your German Shepherd puppy is uninterested in learning and is hard to keep on task, then it may be six months before you have an effective guard dog. Get training right and you’ll have the ideal burglar deterrent. Not to mention, a fiercely loyal and highly trained canine companion that you can call on anytime.
Before you start training, make sure you have the following things: A decent stockpile of treats or the dog's favorite food broken down into small chunks. You will also need a long training leash and access to the space you want them to guard.
You will need toys too, and around 15 minutes each day for training. Try and find a friend or two that can help you as well. The less they know your German Shepherd puppy the better.
Aside from that, you just need patience and a pro-active attitude, then work can begin!