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How to mitigate guard instinct in a dog?

You have adopted a dog with a very developed guard instinct, and you would like to mitigate it? Here are five tips for doing this!

Tip # 1: accept the true nature of his dog

You know it, an instinct does not suppress but can actually diminish and especially to control.

Having a dog with a strong guard instinct can have its advantages and disadvantages, but the most important is to respect the true nature of his dog.

If you adopt a German shepherd, for example, do not be surprised to see appear at home a very developed instinct of protection! If you do not want to have a dog behaving thus, prefer more breeds “quiet”.

The choice of your dog’s breed will then determine, and the physical appearance of the dog will not have to be your main criterion! Indeed, the majority of people who want to mitigate the natural instinct of their dog are people who have opted for this or that race-based mainly on physical criteria, which is said. And it is absolutely not a problem, to the extent that one becomes aware of the true nature of his dog and that one decides not to undergo but to work for a cohabitation that suits everyone.

On the other hand, accept the true nature of his dog is also accepting that; indeed, he shows himself rather suspicious towards foreigners or barks when he hears an unusual noise, for example. On the other hand, what is, in my opinion, not admissible, is the excessive side that these behaviours can have.

For example, my dog ​​(rather a guardian) barks when you knock on my door: OK, it does not bother me, it’s an alert. But beware, when I ask my dog ​​to go to his place and shut up, he has to cooperate! He must understand that his job ends here and that I take over!

To do this, and we will see it more in detail, it goes through the establishment of educational rules but also by the answer to the basic needs of my dog!

Tip # 2: Do not reinforce a guarding instinct already present

When you have a dog with a strong guard instinct, unnecessary for to him “Learn” to keep or strengthen it. Know that it is also forbidden to teach a dog to be dissuasive: either he has that in the blood, or he does not have it. Point.

On the other hand, custody dogs are often wrong, like naughty dogs and dangerous, while in fact not at all! They simply make what they consider to be their job, namely: keep a flock, keep a house or protect their master. These dogs do not risk becoming nasty if the advice that will follow are not applied or if they have masters who are particularly dangerous and who will encourage and strengthen a violent guard by learning about their dogs to attack rather than defend.

Did you know?

If you wish to indicate the presence of your dog through a sign in front of your door, do not choose the inscription “nibbed dog” but rather “guard dog” because indicating “nibbed dog” You acknowledge the potential danger of your dog, and it can turn against you if ever your dog comes to bite someone in your property, even if it’s a burglar!

Tip # 3: Propose to his dog Early socialization and quality

From an early age, even inbreeding and then at home, your dog must benefit from quality socialization. At your side, it must live a maximum of positive experiences, in various places, with various people and various animals and then do not consider these elements as potentially dangerous.

Know that a dog will naturally be afraid of what he does not know, so it will have to evolve in various situations so that it will then be used to novelty and changes. There is nothing worse than “enclosing” A predestined dog in the guard in a routine because at the slightest change, he will assimilate that to danger, and so his guard instinct will take over.

Council n ° 4: meet the basic needs of his dog

Meeting the basic needs of his dog participates in mitigating his guard instinct. Indeed, responding to the needs of his dog means going out every day, make him meet with congener friends, take him into various places, maintain and strengthen his obedience, especially through the leash walk, etc.

Clearly, it participates in keeping his socialization on a daily basis and, therefore, to get him out of his routine! As mentioned earlier, there is nothing worse than a watchdog who is “Used” only for that and never comes out of his home and who are not ready very little attention.

Tip # 5: Learning to control and frame the instinct of his dog

If you have a watchdog, you will not be able to stop it from barking when it hears a noise, to place you in front of you when it smells of a threat, etc. It echoes the first advice of this article. On the other hand, your role as a master of a dog with a guarding instinct developed is to make sure of having a certain control over his dog and not to be invaded by the reflexes of protection of his dog.

Thus, it goes through educational rules inculcated from an early age:

the indication “to Cart” will be very important to make your dog understand that it must be in his place when you ask him,

The indication “you leave” will allow your dog to give up an action he wants to lead,

the indication “at the foot” will be used to prevent your dog from taking the lead in a walk for example,

the indication “you tais” or “STOP” You will be useful for stopping the excessive barking of your dog and keep only alert barking,

Place, finally, it’s sleeping in a place where it will not be able to monitor all the aisles and come inside your home and outside of it.

To summarize, all indications “base” You will serve to control your dog and do not let you go beyond that instinct that can sometimes be very developed. But again, with respect for the advice here, this instinct will not be deleted but only attenuated and channelled.


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