Our home is our fortress. However, our imperfect world can make us feel unsafe, and sometimes we feel the need to take extra measures to protect ourselves and our property.
For many, one idea is to get a family pet who also doubles as a guard dog. Some refer to this as a “Buddy guard” dog.
There are many things to consider when one wishes to protect their home through the help of a trusted hairy member of the family: including choosing a breed, personal and canine training, as well as typical needs like supplies for your hound.
Let’s take a look at eight things one must take into account when choosing a guard dog.
Do your research
You need to study the difference between a personal protection dog and a K9 or police dog.
A professionally trained K9 will be a loyal member of the family, but he might not be suited for families with small children.
It must be said that a dog that has been trained for the purposes of protection is sometimes not suitable as a family pet.
This is particularly true for families with small children.
There are a few documented reports of trained protection dogs who injured small children, so this is a tremendous consideration when deciding whether or not to procure a protection dog.
Once you’ve done the legwork regarding the best type of trained dog and assessed your family’s situation, then you can decide if acquiring a buddy guard is the right thing for you.
Choose a breed
There are many dogs that are suitable as guard or protection dogs.
The German Shepherd, the Doberman, and the Rottweiler are all instinctively protective, and, with the proper training, make excellent guard dogs.
However, the Labrador Retriever is also an excellent protector – particularly of small children – especially when trained to do so. Research will help you to decide exactly what breed is best for your family.
Investigate the lineage of any potential pups
Once you have decided upon the breed of dog you wish to acquire, find a reputable breeder.
Reputable breeders will allow you on the premises to visit one (or both) parents, to meet your future canine buddy, and they’ll provide you with medical histories on your dog.
While investigating the puppy’s health, ask the breeder to furnish information regarding the history of the pup’s sire and dam as well as any other first-degree relatives that might be trained in protection.
When a pup’s parents and grandparents have spent decades as protectors, the pup seems to inherit a bit of those tendency as well.
Be aware of your own personal responsibility in owning a guard dog
You must make yourself aware of local laws and/or ordinances regarding what may be referred to as “aggressive breeds” of dogs.
Furthermore, if you may possibly allow your pet outdoors in a yard without a wooden or metal fence, then you might want to consider an electric fence in order to keep the dog on your property.
Consider personal training for yourself
When handling a trained dog, you should have some education yourself on how to handle the canine.
Ensure that the dog is in good health
Many of the dog breeds that are equated with being good protectors are considered such because of their size, but their large hind quarters – and the large hips that go along with them – are often prone to dysplasia and a number of inherited conditions that can take away from the quality of life of your dog.
Ask your breeder for certain test results that prove the pup’s parents do not carry any of these conditions.
Also, prepare to take your dog to the vet regularly, and invest in healthy food for your dog.
Consider any housebreaking and other essential training
Some families keep their Buddy guard dog inside, especially overnight. If you choose to do this, then think about procuring a crate for your dog.
You’ll need a large crate, depending upon the dog’s size. You’ll also need to consider things like a dog bed, toys, and treats.
If you do decide to crate your dog at night, then you’ll need to begin crate training him as a young dog.
Surprisingly, crate training can help your dog to feel more safe and secure.
What type of food is best for my Buddy guard?
Depending upon the exact breed, you will want to find a diet that supports his or her level of activity as well as offers pure, healthy ingredients.
This helps to keep your Buddy guard happy, healthy, and performing well for many years.