Imagine that there has been a series of robberies in your neighborhood lately. People are adding security systems to their homes. You own two large Akitas and decide to keep one dog inside and one outside in your fenced in yard at night. You're suddenly woken up by both dogs barking and growling and you quickly rush to the window and look outside. A dark figure is dashing down the road and hops into an unfamiliar SUV, the description of which you write down hastily and call the police. A week later, the robber is caught when his SUV is spotted by a neighbor on the curb one evening and the police are called. He is arrested while breaking into another neighbor's home. You smile at your dogs and let them know what a good job they both did. Not only did your dogs help everyone apprehend the thief but they also protected your home from being the next target
You can generally expect it to take between one and four months to train your dog to be a guard dog. A guard dog is very different from a protection dog. A guard dog is generally taught to scare off intruders by acting intimidating and to pay careful attention to his surroundings. A protection dog should only be trained by someone with extensive experience training dogs. These dogs are taught to bite and hold humans and can be a liability if the owner does not have complete control over his dog.
A great guard dog should still be thoroughly socialized around people. You want your guard dog to understand what is normal human behavior and what is suspicious behavior. Encouraging a good balance of watchfulness and alertness towards people in general, and friendliness and calmness around those he knows, is important. It is also important to socialize your dog around other dogs and animals in a calm manner teaching him they should simply be ignored.
To get started, you will need at least one assistant, a busy street where people pass by your home frequently, tasty treats, and a fenced in yard or front window where your dog can see your property line or the sidewalk from. If you are using the 'Alert' method, then you will specifically need a fenced in yard. With all of the methods, you will need to be able to be soft spoken at times, and loud, agitated, and excited at others. Your assistant will also need to be able to act strange, suspicious, boring, and interesting at different times. You might also need a couple of different outfit changes for your assistant, such as a hat and coat or different colored shirts.