Nicky James C: How can i make my labrador more protective of me?
I recently got assaulted by an unknown man *i got strangled* and my 11 month old Labrador did nothing as this when on.
I need a protective dog where i live
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How can i make him more protective ??
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Answer by dartass224
First off, a labrador isn't going to protect you. They never were bred to be protective and even breeds that were don't usually because they arn't bred for it anymore. If he does make a move, its usually going to be because he is scared wants to drive the threat back. He is only protecting himself and will never protect you. True protection trained dogs need two things: the genetics and the help of a specialized PP trainer to bring out the dogs fight drive. VERY VERY VERY few dogs even bred for PP have fight drive today, most dogs just act on defense, which will get you no where, if your lab even has a forward defense drive in him. For the record, you can go and get 50 german shepherd dogs, but if none of them have the correct genetics for the temperament, you won't get anything more then a few fear biters, who will probably run in the other direction.
Furthermore, if you need protection, get a gun, don't count on a dog to do it for you.
Answer by lab owner
I strongly disagree,labs can be very protective if brought up right. I had a yellow lab female who would not let anyone near my house or my children without them knowing she was there. Any knock at the door or a noise that didn't sound right she was there but was always gentle and nice to everyone she had met before. She was protective with me then when my children came along I saw a big change and she became more protective. The kids could do ABSOLUTELY anything to her pull her ears lay on her my oldest son would get on her back and try to ride her and she would just look at me like are they done yet but when there was a problem or one of them yelled in the back yard and we were in the front she was there first. So for all you to say labs aren't protective your wrong. My lab sleeps in my bed or one of my children's bed every night.
One thing I do agree with and its the easiest thing is to get the to bark at the sound of someone knocking on the door and all I did was when some one knocks make sure your dog is with you and ask the dog " who is it or who's at the door" and when they bark give them a treat and applaud them and sooner than later they will jus do it naturally.
Hope this little bit helps but they do need to have all trust in you before they will do for you.
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