Do You Need A Guard Dog?

Posted on: 24 February 2018

While many people are content to rely on a home security system, there are several disadvantages. Depending on the type of system, it may not be quite as secure as you think it is. Would it still work if the phone lines went down or a would-be intruder cut the phone line? Does it rely on a strong internet signal? What about if the power goes out or the electric is cut off to the home?

Weapons aren't always a perfect option, either. An intruder can potentially overpower a homeowner with a gun, turning it on them instead. Most people also keep their guns locked up, unloaded, and with the ammunition stored in a separate place for added protection when there are children in the home. That's not going to be very convenient if someone breaks in in the middle of the night. Additionally, there have been increasing cases of homeowners defending themselves just to find out they are the one being charged with assault or manslaughter.

While a home security system, as well as a gun, are both good ideas, neither are perfect and without their possible disadvantages. That is why having a trained protection dog as another leg in your home security is a good idea. After all, a dog is man's best friend, and many will do whatever it takes to protect their family. Additionally, in a recent poll of convicted burglars, 50 percent of them said if they knew a dog was in the residence, they wouldn't bother breaking in. So, what should you consider as part of your dog security system? Here's a look.

Guard Dog, Watch Dog, Or Both?

A guard dog is a dog that has been trained to attack an intruder. Anyone who isn't a member of the family and hasn't been told a visitor is okay, they will pin down and bite. A watchdog, on the other hand, doesn't necessarily need to be trained. Many breeds will naturally alert their owners when they sense something is wrong or when someone is on the property. This may deter a would-be intruder, but not necessarily, and they may not attack the intruder, either.

Which Breeds Are Best?

Rottweilers are fiercely protective of their family. They are also good family dogs who are loyal and good for families with small children. German shepherds are also extremely intelligent and excellent dogs for children. Doberman pinschers are yet another dog that are good guard dogs as they are suspicious of strangers. Even smaller dogs, like terriers, when properly trained, can be a good guard dog.

If you are considering getting a trained protection dog for sale, it is best you work with a professional dog trainer who can assess your home, property and family situation, goals, and work with you on the best breed for you.