10-21-2013, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by AphroditeDax
I recently got the results of my DNA test, and discovered that my bear is all guard dog breeds (pyrenees, rottie and doberman). She is already a bit of a patroller around the place, and will chuff or bark at noises or passers by until I come to look at what she shows me and tell her it's ok.
I would love to encourage her guard/patrol instincts - maybe teach some perimeter patrol, or hone her alert skills, but don't know how (would also be a nice "job" for her, seeing as she doesn't get too interested in sports).
Any advice? Books or resources appreciated!
Obviously I don't want to train or encourage any overt aggression or fear of strangers, but at the same time, she is a big floppy ball of love right now, and I would like to give her a little something to do to feel useful, and would also like to know that when I am not around, burglars do not stand a chance!!
Is there some reason you feel she needs purpose? Is she getting bored or anything like that?
I think a lot of it just comes down to breeding and genetics, not necessarily training. A true guardian bred dog doesn't need to be taught...it's instinctual. Unfortunately not everybody breeds their dogs for working ability. Some that get bred for show are more watered down. Backyard breeding is another issue that can ruin the traditional traits and temperament of a breed. I have a working bred BC and herding is instinctual...I didn't have to train OR encourage him. He just does it (to my cats, hedgehog, rats, his tennis ball etc. lol). If I ever put him on sheep, we would need to do training to fine tune his skills and give him direction...But the urge and instinct is already there.
If she's still a pup or adolescent, she may get more guardy as she grows up. Sometimes dogs don't get more serious about those things until they mature.
Also, FWIW, studies have shown that the breed of dog doesn't matter when it comes to deterring trespassers and burglars. Even hearing a recording of a dog's bark sends them on their merry way