Learning how to train your pitbull to be a guard dog is not easy. It takes a fair amount of patience and a lot of dedication.
As challenging as the task might be, it is always a better idea to handle the training of your guard dog on your own especially if you will be directly handling him. This will give you a chance to get the exact results that you seek as well as providing you with the opportunity to bond with your dog.
If your dog views you as both his master and friend, he will become a lot more loyal making him an even better guard dog.
Teach your pitbull to bark
Barking is an essential attribute of a good guard dog. However, you will need to train your pitbull how to distinguish from danger and natural events or you will be running out of the house every time the sprinklers go off.
You can ingrain this into your pitbull by giving him treats whenever he barks correctly. For instance, if a stranger comes to your home and your pitbull barks, reward him with a compliment or a small treat.
However, if the visitor to your home is someone that you consider a friend, reprimand him lightly to stop him from barking.
Teach your pitbull to respect you
A pitbull that does not respect its owner is an accident waiting to happen. Learning how to train your pitbull to be a guard dog will require that you establish your authority as your pitbull's leader.
Do not yield to his demands and keep him firmly under control while he is still a puppy. Avoid getting engaged in physical games such as 'tug of war' where he might be the victor.
Keep him on a leash whenever you're going for walks and ensure that you are the one leading and not the one being dragged across the park. It also helps if you use an assertive voice when given commands.
However, on no account should you use physical force to impose your authority as this will only make your dog more aggressive towards you.
Teach him the basic commands
Your pitbull needs to be able to recognize your voice and what you are asking him to do. Teaching your pitbull how to respond to commands such as sit, guard, come and fetch will go a long way in making him a better guard dog.
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