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.
A dog recently attacked my dog while we were walking & he did nothing but get bit . How do I teach him to protect himself?
Hello Mary, The process of teaching a dog to defend himself comes through encounter with other dogs, some of which would be very negative and confrontational. I absolutely do not recommend doing this or you could end up with an aggressive, reactive, and fearful dog, that actually ends up getting in more fights (even if he wins some of them) because his body language provokes other dogs. When a dog is attacked some dogs will take a submissive posture. A normal healthy dog that is simply being overly dominant or territorial will often recognize the submission and not attack after giving warnings to the intruder. What your dog did was actually not a bad way to avoid many fights. In your case unfortunately you encountered a dog that lacked social intelligence around other dogs and was in a state of rage likely. With most dogs, your dog's submissive posture will prevent a fight from starting to begin with though. Instead of focusing on teaching him to fight back I suggest carrying pepper spray on your future walks, so that if you encounter another dog you can spray the dog to deter it. Your dog's body language will often deter more fights than a dominant, overly confident dog - causing him to get in less fights in the long run. When you do come across a dog that won't leave, keep pepper spray handy. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
& I was just curious if others would be able to see my animal or is it just me & you?
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