dazza_2k8: How Should I Train My Labrador Into A Guard Dog?
I know Labradors aren't recommended for being a guard dog, but i have heard that it can be done, i just don't know how, and you know how the internet is, all rubbish, so if any of you know how to train up a guard dog, i would appreciate it alot, if you have any links to a good website that will tell me, or if you have any good tips, it would really help. thank you. p.s if it helps, my lab is 1 year 7 months. ;)
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Answer by La Comtesse De Whippet
You need to consult with a trainer who specialises in training guard and protection dogs - doing it yourself, without any real idea of how to go about it, can be dangerous, especially if you train him to accost strangers.
Most breeds are good basic 'guard' dogs in the sense that they'll bark when they hear an intruder, and alert you. There's generally a reason why some dogs are used for guarding and some aren't - some breeds simply don't make good guard dogs, and Labs are one of those breeds.
Answer by PIjush Dey
Labs will protect their family but not as traditional guard dog
It’s hard to say without knowing what you want from a guard dog, but in my experience, even very friendly dogs display a certain amount of guarding behavior. However, if you are looking for primarily a guard dog, I think you are seeking the wrong breed. Labs are a sporting breed, very friendly (as you know…perfect for you child) and just a little bit goofy/dumb.
I have had both Golden Retrievers and Lab Retrievers, and even though they are not typical guard dogs, I believe that they both would have protected the family if they sensed a malicious intent. No…they probably won’t ever have a general agreession towards strangers, but they certainly will if they feel that there home/territory/family is being threatened in some way.
So, in essence, you would be getting a watch dog, and not a guard dog. Do you need more than that?
An online FAQ states that, “Some Labradors make excellent guard dogs and most will be protective of family with strangers, though the Labrador isn’t specifically bred as a guard dog and they are sensitive, gentle dogs overall. If your main purpose for getting a dog is for a guard dog then you would probably be better off with another breed such as the German Shepard or rottweiler.”
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