Training a Guard or Protection Dog

The first thing to keep in mind when considering training your dog to be a guard or protection dog is to recognize the difference between a guard dog and an attack dog. Guard dogs are trained to alert and adopt a defensive stance when there is an intruder or danger, not to attack. The actual training takes research into techniques, the right dog, and patience. Here are some tips for training a protection dog.
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May 10, 2009

How do you protection train a Pitbull?

By TYRONE from PC

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May 10, 20090 found this helpful
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I would go to leerburg.com for protection training advice...and it is an interesting place for free articles, podcasts and streaming video on aspects of training dogs from housebreaking to protection training.

I would myself not encourage this particular breed to protection train. I might be wrong on this, but I wouldn't want to deal with the consequences if something went wrong with the dog having been bred to be so aggressive in the ring with the bulls. I love pits though and know they are big babies and wigglebuts! Robyn

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May 11, 20090 found this helpful
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I agree with Robyn--pitbulls can be wonderful dogs, but in just the genetics, their jaws are much stronger than the run of the mill dog, and could end up being a liability for you if trained certain ways.

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May 12, 20090 found this helpful
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Definitely go to a trainer for this. As a matter of fact, if you put something on command with a dog, you can control when they do it much more effectively. For instance, if you teach a dog to bark on command and they have learned that they should get a treat or praise or their favorite toy for barking, they are less likely to bark just for the fun of it.

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You've made it less appealing without the reinforcer present.

Similarly, if you've taught the dog that grabbing someone is done only on command, you actually have control over when that happens. But take him to a positive reinforcement trainer for this. You will learn all kinds of neat stuff that you can use on any other dogs that you may have in the future, also. Good Luck!

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May 16, 20090 found this helpful
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I think that it is terrible to want to protection train any dog unless it is a police dog. I have two pit bulls and they would happily lay down there life for me or my family in a heartbeat. This breed needs training. I would just get obediance training and that is it. Your dog will love you and want to protect you all by itself just be a smart owner.

They already have a bad rep because of idiots who want to fight them. No owner of this breed should be careless and make it worse. Already the breed is not even allowed in some places.

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful
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I don't have a pit bull but love to have one. Their reputations are so bad that you can't live anywhere with them do to all the idiots out there don't know to raise them. 98.999999% of dogs DNA are the same. Puppies inherit about 30% of there parents traits bad or good and the rest is up to the owner. Not every pit bull can do protection training. There is a lot more to it then just taking your dogs to the trainer.

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He or she got have good prey drive and your dog must have good obedience. You can't have a dog attacking people that you have no control over. I trust a dog that been through protection training more then an average house dog cause I know that dog is not going to attack me if I didn't show him or her any danger toward them or the owner give the attack command.

Like I said not every dog can do protection training but there are things that you can do with your pit bull, weight pulling, and conformation shows. Even take them out to park and introduce them to different people, scenarios, and situations, so they know have to act right when the time is come. They are working breed you have to stimulate their minds and burn that energy, so its good for your dog and you.

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If you have a house dog, the only place that dog knows is the house and the backyard. If you have a visitor more lately that dog is going to bark viciously or jumping them. If you take that dog to a different place, out of there comfor zone (house) that dog might be scare of people or just pull you to every dogs that it see and start a fight.

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September 24, 2015

I have a 12 week old female Pit Bull. I want to train her for protection for my wife and kids when Im working nights. How do I go about making her attack an intruder that poses a threat on command? and call her off on command?

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September 24, 20150 found this helpful
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Training a dog to decide someone is an intruder, attack, and then stop, all on command, is not quite the same as training a dog to roll over. Trying to do this yourself is, at best, a gamble with huge repercussions such as causing someone's death and facing criminal charges, financial litigation, etc.

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I strongly suggest that you consult with an attorney experienced in criminal and financial litigation. Also, you should discuss your training plans with a qualified dog security training consultant to understand exactly what training may be possible and the problems you may face.

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September 25, 20150 found this helpful
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Dogs trained to do what you want have had years of training from highly qualified trainers. They need to be handled by qualified people for the rest of their lives. That is the only way they can safely exist in society. While you may be able to train your dog to carry out some of this behavior, your dog will not have the protection of trained handlers. Your dog may become aggressive and unpredictable. One mistake is all it takes. Society is often not very understanding about an aggressive dog. It can be their death sentence. In the real world, your dog will be protective of you and your family. If it is a good sturdy dog that is usually all it takes to protect your family. Train you dog for obedience so the family can control him easily, and you will have just the dog you need.

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