Make Your Dog Work For His Dinner – Train Him To Be A Security Guard!

In the fight against crime, you must do all that you can to protect you and your family. If you have a dog, then he is a great weapon in defending your home from intruders. The idea of someone breaking into your home and stealing things, putting you and your family at a huge risk, is simply awful, but the good news is that with heightened security and a fierce guard dog you will be far safer and less likely to be burgled. In this article we are going to tell you how to train your dog to defend your property – he will probably want to do it instinctively anyway so you shouldn’t find it too difficult. Here’s how:

Take Him to Obedience Classes

The first thing you need to do is to train your dog how to be obedient, and the best way to do this is to take him along for some obedience training. You should be able to find a local training school that will be able to help you with this. The better your dog is at behaving himself, the easier you will find it to get him to guard your house for you. Be consistent in your training and let him know the difference between good behaviour and bad behaviour.

Help Your Dog Understand the House’s Boundaries

Your dog needs to understand exactly where the boundaries of the house that he is to protect actually are. Take him around the property, allowing him to familiarize himself with the gates, fences and walls so that he starts to understand the area that he is responsible for protecting.

Teach Him How to Respond to Friendly Faces

Your dog needs to know that not every visitor is a burglar! Show him who is to be trusted by allowing them to pet him and make friends with him. He will pick up on your vibes, so make sure you are friendly to whoever comes to the door. Reprimand your dog for barking at a friend, but treat him and give him a stroke if he barks at unfamiliar faces such as a delivery man or a random visitor. He will then start to know what he should do if he sees an unfamiliar face in the house when you are not around. Wait until he has finished barking before you give him his treat.

Make It Clear He’s There

You may well find that the simple act of putting a ‘beware of the dog’ sign on your garden gate is enough to deter burglars. After all, they won’t want to risk coming face to face with an angry dog so they are more likely to move on and attack somewhere else. Leaving out a dog bowl is another great way to let people know a dog lives in the house.

Having a guard dog in the house offers you real reassurance and peace of mind, especially when you go to bed at night. Be sure to investigate whenever he barks so that you know for sure that the house is safe.

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By Nancy Baker
Nancy Baker, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger, currently writing for, Queensland Security Solutions, a leading full service security service provider, based in Brisbane. She admires the defence forces and the work they do and enjoys blogging about her thoughts. You can reach Nancy via Twitter @Nancy_Baker_.
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