4 Simple Methods to Train a Dog for Your Personal Protection
June 19, 2017
A personal protection dog is trained to protect your family and property. Any family that have a personal protection dog considers it an asset to them because it protects you at all times. I was discussing with a friend during the week and he told me how is wife ask him to get a personal protection dog for their family.
The reason being because the wife loves to take a stroll at the beach, most of the times she goes alone and believes if she has a personal protection dog this can help protect her at night when she’s alone at the beach. A lot of people believe most protection dogs are trained to attack. That’s not true, they are trained to attack only on command The training of a dog for personal protection is done by a dog training expert and it requires patience. However, for dog owners who can’t afford to have an expert train their dog or those who simply wants to train their dogs by themselves can still do so using the simple method I will be discussing in this article.
1. Socialize your Dog
Your dog needs to recognize who a stroller at the beach looks like and not feel endangered or feels that he needs to threaten any other person he thinks looks strange on the beach. Make your dog socialize with its environment so that it does not fear unusual occurrences. Sensitive socialization period is best done (for about 16weeks) and of course it’s not possible for all dogs to achieve this within that period. Not every dog should be trained for personal protection because not all dogs have the ability to differentiate a safe person from an unsafe person.
2. Teach your Dog Obedience Commands
You need to teach your dog how to respond to obedience commands like sit, lie down, and come when you called for your dog. It should be able to heel without a leash and learn how to obey the “bark” and “stop” commands. When your dog does not obey these commands every time and you are not able to teach her new commands, then you need to halt turning your dog into a personal protection dog.
3. Teach your Dog to Guard You
For this step in the training series you will need to look for a stranger the dog does not know. This “stranger” will approach during the walk, walks up to you and challenges your dog. Please make sure he is wearing a dog attack suit or an oven mitt and a quilted blanket on his arm, for safety purposes. You don’t want to be sued by a stranger for suffering from your dog’s bite…. lol. Instruct the stranger to run and act afraid when you give the bark command and the dog barks at him. You will notice that your dog will become more confident. If you ask me, I think you can stop at this stage.
A personal protection dog that has been trained to attack is not a great dog to have in the house. There are many stories of dogs that have attacked and injured someone in their household. The possibility that your dog might bite someone who is just coming up to talk to you might happen and you can be sued and might lose everything you own because your dog is a trained attack animal.
4. Teach you Dog to Bark and Stop on Command
You will need o teach your dog to bark at the approach of a stranger because a dog that barks at the approach of a stranger is will be effective as a personal protection dog than a dog that responds to an attack command but doesn’t bark. Quite a number of dogs do possess this attribute but if it doesn’t, you may need to teach your dog how to bark. You can ask your dog to sit when it has barked once or thrice and then command it to stop. If it doesn’t bark on command and does not bark at strangers when it sees one he’s definitely not a good choice to be used a personal protection dog.
I must strongly advise that if your dog does not obey commands and become deliberately harmful and you are not able to control it then do not consider the dog suitable to be trained for personal protection.