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Choosing a Guard Dog

September 25, 20120 Comments

You may be thinking about choosing a guard dog for you and your family, but is it really a guard dog you want or a watch dog? Just about all dogs will at least let you know if a stranger is around by barking, so you need to be clear about what it is you are wanting from the start.

Choosing a Guard Dog

Guard dogs need to be very trainable, intelligent, strong and have a strong protective instinct.  You do not want an overly aggressive dog or one that is hard to control – especially if you also have small children in the home.  So be sure to talk to local vets and breeders, while also researching different breeds online or in the library.

If you decide to get a puppy, be sure that you select a reputable breeder that will not release the puppy to you until it is about 8 weeks old and ready to leave its mother.  A test you can use to check the puppy’s temperament is to ask the owner to allow you to watch them being fed.  The more aggressive puppies will push through to get the food first.

If you are choosing a guard dog from a shelter or it is a mixed breed dog, you can ask to take the dog home so that you can observe it to see if it is the right fit for you.

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