Dog Guard Training
Although you may find that your barking dog is an effective burglar alarm and brilliant protection, you need the ability to be able to control your dog’s barking. If your dog barks at everything and anything rather than at specific things such as alerting you to something dangerous, a stranger or a fire alarm, then this problem needs to be dealt with.
If you want protection for your home from your dog, the best command to use is the ‘guard’ command as opposed to the ‘speak’ command. The use of the ‘guard’ command will be much more threatening and more of a deterrent to a burglar as the burglar does not know how your dog has been brought up to guard your home. The ‘guard’ command does not mean that that your dog will physically attack someone but your dogs barking alone should be enough security for both the inside and outside of your home.
Dog Guard Training
In order to teach your dog the ‘guard’ or ‘speak’ command, you should tie him using his lead from an item that cannot be moved such as a stake in the ground. Once your dog is tied, stand 3 feet away from him with his favourite toy or a treat and dangle it in the air. By doing this you are teasing the dog and he should then bark. As he barks give him the toy or the treat. Once your dog has done this next stage is to swap the toy or treat with your verbal praise. You should use the ‘guard’ or ‘speak’ command as soon as your dog begins to bark. One important point to remember is that timing is essential, and by watching his body language you are able to tell when he is about to start barking.
Teaching your dog when to stop barking is just as important, if not more so, than training your dog when to bark. To control your dogs barking give the ‘quiet’ command whilst he is barking. If your dog still continues to bark, tell him ‘no’ in a firm voice.
When your dog has successfully learned when he should bark and when he should stop, you should try and use these commands at further distances whilst continuing his training. Your dog needs to know and be able to respond correctly to these commands at any distance. Once your dog is able to respond to these commands in the right way, the next step is to untie him and get him used to responding to the commands
when he is free. Both you and your neighbors should benefit greatly from this training as everyone can have a peaceful, bark-free night.
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