You brought Lucky into your home for several reasons. Firstly, you wanted a trusty canine companion. You definitely got that. Your Pit Bull is playful, energetic and always eager to see you. However, you also chose Lucky for another reason. Pit Bulls are big and strong, and you’re after a guard dog. You may have certain objects of value that you want to keep safe. But you may also just want to keep your family and home secure. Dogs are thought to be one of the most effective burglar deterrents and not many are brave enough to take on a Pit Bull.
Training your Pit Bull to be a guard dog comes with more benefits than just an efficient intruder deterrent. You will instill a high level of discipline in your dog. Discipline that can be used to train them to do a range of commands and tricks. This type of training is also just a great way for you to spend quality time together.
Training a Pit Bull to be a guard dog isn’t going to come without its challenges. You will need to keep them focused and properly motivated for months. That requires the right food or a favorite toy. You will then use obedience commands to get the dog barking and taking an interest in strangers. You will also need to do some socialization work to ensure they don’t display any signs of aggression towards people or pets they do know.
If your dog is just a puppy then they should be fast learners and keen to please. As a result, training may prove successful in just a month or so. However, if they are older and not such keen students then you may need several months before you see consistent results. If training proves successful, you’ll have a fantastic way to keep people and possessions secure.
Before you can start training, you will need to make sure you have several things together. Firstly, you will need to stock up on treats or small pieces of your dog's favorite food. You will also need a secure leash and some friends your Pit Bull does not know too well.
Set aside 10 to 15 minutes several days a week for training. The more consistently you train, the sooner you may see results.
Once you have all that, just bring enthusiasm and patience, then work can begin!
Is it possible to train a Pitbull to be a guard dog since they like human beings?
Hello Sicelo, A good guard dog is actually extremely well socialized and motivated by positive reinforcement. Police dogs are rewarded for controlled holds, releases, bites, and alerting because they are motivated by their handlers and things that encourage their drive such as tugging and holding, not because they want to kill the person they are biting. True guard dogs are simply taught to alert to strangers appearing and are not protective in nature. For that role, you can simply teach a dog to bark or growl on cue, then pair that command with the appearance of new people, and practice it until your dog starts to bark or growl whenever a new person comes onto your property before you give the speak command. When your dog starts to bark on their own, you reward them for doing it automatically also and no longer give the Speak command, unless they seem stuck and need a hint - even if your dog is really a softy who just acts intimidating this can still be an effective deterrent without having to worry about a bite lawsuit. A truly aggressive dog is not a good guard dog because they are almost impossible to control by their handlers. A balanced dog makes a better protective dog. A truly soft dog might be easily scared by an intruder and cannot be training to do more than bark and growl though - opposed to dogs that are trained to grab and hold - that need more courage and tenacity for their job. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog already protects me from close family if they hit me or touch me or if I show emotion. Is that a good sign and how do you make your dogs more alert. Also how do you train your dog not to run away without telling then to stay.
Hello Jason, Many dogs are naturally protective and it does not need encouraging. I do not suggest encouraging it further or it may turn into full blown aggression. I do suggest working on obedience commands so that he is responsive and attentive to you. Working on obedience commands can automatically help to build focus, but there are certain commands that are especially good to teach: Place command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo All of the above commands build respect and trust without being too confrontational. Check out the article linked below on teaching Come. Work on teaching Come, then use a long, 30' training leash (once he is trained not to pull) and take your dog to an open area and walk around. Randomly tell your dog to Come and reward him. Whenever he comes or chooses to heel without being told, also give him a treat. By rewarding him for automatically checking in with you and choosing to be with you, you are increasing his desire to be near you. Teaching Come also helps him understand the concept of being close to you and is important as well. Rewarding him for being close to you and working on the commands linked above to build respect, focus, self-control, and calmness are a good combination. Be sure to teach a Leave It command, Drop It command, and Stay to prevent aggressive displays toward the wrong people. Come: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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