Dogs have been used as a security measure in people's homes for many years...and for good reason! Having a trusted companion to keep your home safe can be the best way to rest easy.
Whilst many active Security animals are of a particular kind, it is still possible to give your pet the correct personality with the standard Security Dog Training. Animals with a tolerant manner around youngsters and show constraint in exciting situations are often the best to keep your home safe. It is complicated sometimes to figure whether your puppy will have these attributes, but as we see below, the younger you begin Security Guard Training, the better.

For around ten percent of all owners, the principle reason for their pet is to offer security for their family home. It is therefore valuable that these pet owners realise that security dog training is not something to be learnt overnight. If you are thinking about using your dog as a means of protection against intruders in the home, you can start by following these very simple tips:

1.    It is necessary that you are seen as the ‘master’ and this starts when the dog is a puppy. It is so important that the dog understands your authority over them as without this, there is no way you will be able to then train your dog into a security dog. Starting your security dog training with an older dog that has no respect for you or anyone else is virtually unfeasible.

2.    If you are training your dog from a puppy, it is then far easier to ‘add-on’ commands to the common repertoire of standard commands. By building upon these building blocks of dog training, the efficiency of your security dog training is easily enriched.

3.     Your pet must understand and act upon the command ‘come’. Without this basic command, your dog will not be able to take on new commands and will get dismayed easily.

4.    As with all  training, a definite voice is a must so it’s worth spending some time practising your tone, volume and pitch and seeing how it affects your dog. Choose the most active voice and stick to it.

5.    Positive reinforcement is integral in Security Dog Training, as it is in many aspects of dog training. Many owners make the mistake of associating failure with negative reinforcement which can include physical punishment. In Security Dog Training, this can create an overly aggressive dog which will only lead to further problems.

6.    Your dog must understand and act upon the command ‘stop’. Why I hear you ask - “surely in the event of someone breaking into my property I won’t be wanting to get my dog to stop?!” Wrong. Getting your pet to stop and lie down, regardless of what they are stopping doing, is an invaluable attribute and critical in training your dog to be an effective security dog. The ‘Stop’ command is the golden command and the real sign of a dog’s obedience.

7.    How many times have you been barked at whilst innocently just walking past someone’s house? Your dog must understand and act upon the command ‘No bark’. You may be thinking, “surely an persuasive guard dog is one which doesn’t stop barking in order to alert as many people as possible about a break in into my home”. Whilst this is proper, again getting your dog to understand the differences between ordinary people visiting your home and criminals is determining.

So there you have it, some top tips to keep in view when deciding whether to train your dog into a Security Dog. If you decide to begin your Security Dog Training with an adult dog, the challenges you will face are greater but you still may be able to get the required might just take more time! Better is to start your Security Dog Training the minute your puppy becomes part of your family and secure you home with a law-abiding, very smart Security Dog of steel!

Dogs have been used as a security measure in people's homes for many years...and for good reason! Having a trusted companion to keep your home safe can be the best way to rest easy.