German Shepherd Dog > Enhancing a GSD's natural protective instincts (3 replies)
Enhancing a GSD's natural protective instincts
by triodegirl on 20 May 2009 - 15:39
|I'm not talking about turning the family pet into a killer, but enhancing the protective instincts that come naturally for most GSDs. I make a point to always praise my dogs for alerting me to a stranger, and it has helped, especially for the younger dog. She will now seek me out if she perceives a threat, and make sure I am awake if the middle of the night. The other night I pretended to still be asleep and she continued to come back into the bedroom until I "woke up." (Very good girl.) Any other suggestions along the same vein?|
by Two Moons on 20 May 2009 - 16:39
|If you want to bring out the protective nature naturally then bond with the dog. Its that simple.|
You can socialize the dog, and later teach suspicion of certain types of strangers but you should know what your doing to do it right.
I love the GSDs natural character and instincts, and they do it out of love for their owner...
Thats my humble opinion.
by triodegirl on 22 May 2009 - 16:00
|I think it's more than just bonding with the dog, but that's a good start :) I think it has to do with buiding the dog's confidence. Your dog could love you to pieces but still run and hide if faced with a real threat.|
by k9ulf on 23 May 2009 - 06:36
|you are right triodegirl. Dogs have several options when get threatened. Flight, peacing, warning off and so on.|
flight or avoidence is the natural thing what dogs do when they face a real threat. All what you have to do is teach the dog flight/avoidance will not foil the threat. they learn this very quickly if the training is being done right.
All the best