It is true that your Golden Retriever looks like all cute and cuddly. He also bounds up to greet you whenever you walk through the door and wants to be everyone’s best friend. While you do love this about him, you also have another job for him in mind. You want to train him to be a guard dog.
Golden Retrievers naturally possess many of the characteristics you need, including intelligence, loyalty, and obedience. Training yours to guard will also mean you can keep both possessions and people secure. That means you can fall asleep in the evening relaxed in the knowledge that your guard dog is on duty downstairs. On top of that, this type of training is a fantastic way to channel his energy into something productive. Furthermore, it’s a great way to bond with your canine pal.
Because Golden Retrievers already possess many of the qualities you want from a guard dog, training isn’t as complicated as some people believe. The first thing to do is to encourage all the sorts of behavior he will need to be a guard dog. You will then need to incorporate boundary training into his routine. For training to prove successful, finding the right incentive will be essential. Thankfully, Golden Retrievers will do just about anything for food.
If he’s a puppy he should be easier to mold. This means you could see results in just a month or so. However, if he’s older and set in his ways, then you may need a while longer. It could take up to six months to yield consistent results. Get this training right and you’ll have an efficient means of guarding a whole range of things.
Before you can begin training, you will need to get your hands on a few bits. A long training leash and a decent supply of tasty treats will be needed.
Set aside 15 minutes each day for training, preferably at a time where neither of you will be distracted. You will, of course, also need the object or access to the place you want him to guard.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and a pro-active attitude and work can begin!