At the moment, your Labrador Retriever spends his days shuffling across the floor trying to follow you into every room. They’re still young, unsure and highly dependant on you. You have to admit, you secretly love how attached they have become to you. In fact, you love nothing more than cuddling up with Max on the sofa after a long day at work. However, you also have other plans for Max. You brought them home because you wanted a guard dog.
Training a Labrador Retriever to be a guard dog comes with a number of benefits. First and foremost, you’ll have a fantastic way to keep yourself, family, house and valuable items safe. This means you can relax as you drift off to sleep in the evenings. This training will also increase your control and make it easier to teach the Lab a range of other commands too.
Teaching a Lab to be a guard dog is by no means the most straightforward training. It will require rigorous obedience training to assert your position as pack leader, ensuring the dog follows your instructions. You will also need to find an effective incentive to get them barking on your command. Finally, training will also consist of socializing your Labrador Retriever so they can distinguish between friend and foe.
If your Labrador Retriever is a puppy, then you could see results in just a month or so. This is because they should be particularly receptive and eager to please. However, if they are older and less interested in learning, then you may need up to six months. Another benefit of this training will be that you have a fantastic way to bond with your dog. On top of that, you’ll have yourself an effective burglar deterrent and a cost-effective means of safeguarding valuables.
Before you can start training with your Lab, you’ll need to get your hands on a few items. Stock up on tasty treats or break their favorite food into small chunks. Some toys and a clicker will also be required. As will a friend or two.
You will also need to set aside 15 minutes each day for training. Try and find a time where you both won’t be distracted.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and a positive attitude, then work can begin!