Before you even start reading this article, make sure you understand the difference between guard dogs and watch dogs. Whereas watch dogs will alert you to strangers on your property, guard dogs will actually take care of the problem.
If you are looking for protection, you will want an intensely loyal, smart, and obedient breed. Dogs with a high prey drive make good guard dogs because they are born to give chase. Early socialization is important, as your dog must learn how to recognize friendly strangers and to distinguish them from threats.
In addition, you must be absolutely sure your dog will obey every command from you. Obedience training should start early and continue throughout the dog’s working life. Not only should the dog learn how to attack, but he must also learn how to release his prey on command.
Lots of barking is not important for a guard dog. You want him to take down the intruder, not necessarily scare him away. Therefore, many of the most effective guard dogs are actually silent when approaching a potential threat.
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