In today’s world most people are concerned with all types of security, especially when it comes to keeping their home and families safe from harm. One way to do that is through getting security dogs for homes. But what kind of dog is the best choice as a security dog?
Dogs have been a source of home security for centuries, but when you are choosing a dog that you want to protect your home, you need to know some facts about how certain breeds work and which ones are more suited for this important task. From the time of the caveman when wolves were caught as pups and trained to protect and watch over the caves, man has used dogs for guarding and protecting their homes.
What Dog Works Best for Security?
In reality, you can train just about any kind of dog to watch over your house, but there are certain breeds of dogs that have been specifically bred to act as watch dogs and tell their owners about dangerous intruders. There is also a difference between a guard dog and a watch dog. A watch dog may merely watch out for intruders and bark at them to wake a family up, while a guard dog will also attack and keep the intruder under control.
A watch dog only has to be loud enough to wake the home owner up and to scare the burglar or intruder away. Most intruders just want to get into your home, steal something and get out and if they hear a loud dog, they likely will run off. Some of the dogs that will work well as a watch dog due to the fact that they bark very loud are: Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Scottish Terriers, Shih Tzus, West Highland Terrier, or Dachshunds.
If you want an actual guard dog that can protect you from an intruder, you will likely want a bigger and stronger dog. Some of the dog breeds that fit this category are Rottweillers, Doberman Pinschers, Bull Mastiffs, Komodor, Rhodesian Ridgeback and German Shepherds. Another factor is that if you want a guard dog, get one with a dark color that blends into the darkness of the night, as this has been shown to scare intruders more than a dog they can see coming.
There are actually other breeds of dogs that aren’t very good as watch dogs because they don’t usually bark at strangers, these include Deer Hounds, Saint Bernard, Blood Hounds, Basset Hounds, Alaskan Malamutes, Pugs, or Siberian Huskies.
Dogs chosen to be either a watch dog or a guard dog need to also possess the following traits:
- Be strong
- Have Courage
- Be aggressive when needed
- Willingness to protect their territory and their family
- Aloof when it comes to strangers
Training Your Dog for Security
As stated, just about any dog can be trained to do security duties, depending on the type of security you require. However, just like obedience training, your soon to be security watch or guard dog needs the properly training to do its job. This can be done by you or a professional handler. Most properly trained guard dogs will only mind the owners or handler, and sometimes they are trained to answer to commands in another language so an intruder can’t call to them and try to distract them or get them to mind them instead.
Important Care for Your Dog
When you have a watch or guard dog, it is still a part of the family and it shouldn’t be treated otherwise. You need to feed, water, and exercise the animal and get proper veterinarian care for your dog. Plus, the dog will have a better sense of loyalty if you treat it well and if you don’t, it may decide it is not loyal to you at all. It also needs good shelter and for best results it needs to live right inside the home so it has better access to protecting the family from intruders.
Buying a Security Dog
You also have a choice of buying a dog that has been professionally trained as a guard or watch dog from a security dog company. These are some of the same dogs that are bought and put into programs in the police force or other agencies. These are guaranteed and well-trained, but do come at a very high price for this professional training, as they cost between $25,000 and up. In fact, recently one of these high end protection dogs sold for $230,000 and the trainer stands by his statement that it wasn’t too much to charge for the dog since it has gotten all of the best training, etc.
However, if you do decide to buy a security trained dog, be sure to check out the company to be sure that they are reliable, as some unscrupulous people may just go to the shelter and pick out a mean or dangerous dog and try to pass it off as a guard dog. Check out the company’s references, etc. before you spend any money on a professional security dog.
They come in several breeds, but are usually the larger breeds like the Doberman Pinscher or the German Shepherd. If you have the money to spend, then buying a professionally trained guard dog can give you complete peace of mind and you have a guarantee that it knows what to do if you home is broken into and your family is threatened.
Dogs are known as man’s best friend, and if you get a security dog to act as a guard or watch dog to protect your property and your family, you will be getting a dog that is intelligent and can understand commands to protect and serve your family. Be sure to get the best breed and size of dog for your needs and be sure to get it professionally trained if possible. Also, if you are going to buy a security dog, be sure you get what you are paying for and aren’t scammed.
So, enjoy your peace of mind tonight, because your new security dog is on the job and ready for action!