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Do we train Guard Dogs?

We were at a client’s house in Weston the other day maintaining their Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing System when the client asked us kind of a strange question.  “I know you guys provide other types of training besides containment training.  Do you train guard dogs?” 

electric dog fence with dogs to guard and protect

The answer is “It depends”.

Most people think of a guard dog as that big Doberman with the spike collar that is always barking, growling, and running up and down the fence as you walk by their property.  They are outside all day and their only job is to attack anyone that enters that store, lot, yard, etc.  That is one thing that we don’t do.  We don’t train dogs to be mean and aggressive.

We like to tell our clients that a better question to ask might be “Would the dogs you train protect their family if a dangerous situation arises?”  That is what we can easily accomplish.

When your dog and your family are properly trained, everyone knows their appropriate position in the family.  They know their roles and responsibilities as well as everyone else’s roles and responsibilities.  Your dog easily understands that it is not his responsibility to be the protector of the family.  That is the responsibility of the leaders (human adults; Mommy and Daddy).  When a guest comes in the house, the mailman comes to the door, etc., Mommy or Daddy will take charge and make the safety decision.  That is why the dog does not bark incessantly, growl, and jump at the guest or mailman.  It is not his role at that time.

But if someone jumps the back fence and Mommy or Daddy aren’t there, someone breaks into the house and the dog feels tension or fear from the rest of the family, something different will happen.  It is not his role to be the protector of the family, but it is his responsibility to engage when the family becomes threatened.  In the canine world, this is natural pack behavior.  In this case, the dog will guard, confront, and possibly attack.

So, to answer the question…

We do not train guard dogs, but the dogs we train will guard and protect.

If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding this dog training subject, please contact us at The Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers in South Florida.