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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-26-2017, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Friendly yet protective

Has anyone had any luck training there dog to be protective, but also friendly at the same time. I really want a good guard dog seeing as she is a inside house dog, but I also want to be able to take her on activities, like going to parks, and beaches where I am from we do not have dog parks, only kid parks, witch I see as still a good exercise spot for throwing balls, and such. She is 10 weeks old, and we do not have many training centers here as well so its pretty much up to me to do the majority of the training, unless I try and find personal dog trainers. Just wondering if any one has experience with there dog being a very good guard dog, but at the same time friendly enough to take to the beach, or parks without worrying about getting into trouble with other dogs, or worse other people, and if so how was the training done.
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They can be trained to do everything you're asking about, IF you had the right people to work with. The font sizes here aren't big enough to show how big that IF is though. You should just concentrate on her being a happy puppy that you can enjoy and teach to behave in public, and as she grows see what level her suspicion of strangers and how territorial she naturally is shapes up, then just learn to manage that.
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At this time we are currently trying to teach her basic commands like sit, lay, and stay, she is still young, and we are worried about parvo so we don't take her out much only to use the restroom around our gated yard. she is a very friendly and happy puppy, with no signs of aggression other than the playful puppy bites that get a little on the hard side witch we are currently trying to get under control, we are flying through training snacks, just want to get the best out of both worlds with her a dog that will do her best to keep us safe while we sleep, and our belongings safe while we are away, at the same time give her her time to be a puppy and enjoy all the world has to offer without worrying about her running up to kids at the beach, or trying to chase down other dogs. We are trying our best with her training seeing as our little community has very little resources to assist with our dogs. So the majority is up to us. She is taking a lot of time love and patience, but we wouldn't trade her for anything else out there. with what she provides with the headaches and stress she more than makes up for it with all the love we receive back from her.
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Of course you can, if she's got the temperament for it. I've known plenty of friendly dogs that would chew your face off if you kicked in the door at 2am.

Also, she's a puppy let her be a puppy and see how she develops after her hormones really kick in.

I don't know what your expectations are but I do think there is limits to what you can expect. A dog that's besties with everyone they meet isn't ever gooing to be a good guard dog. If you expect her to be golden retriever friendly & also be a rock solid PP dog, then I've got some bad news for ya. But if you expect here to be mostly aloof but open to petting when introduced and respectful of guests, & also a solid PP dog then we're certainly in the realm of possibility.
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I just hope she wont have any issues around strangers at least in our presence as her owner, I just don't know where to begin this kind of training, especially with the limited resources our island has to offer.
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I would say the OP could train the dog to be what he wants if he has the right dog, not just the right people to work with. Protective is a very subjective term. It is on a continuum from an image dog who presents the image of protectiveness, such as being able to turn the dog on to bark at someone, but who, in reality, can easily be run off, to a true man stopper. With the latter, you tend to get traits that are not always so consistent with a friendly dog, such as mistrust/natural suspicion, sharpness, low threshold for defense, etc. An actual guard dog is a dog that has a good deal of aggression and that will bite someone that comes on your property when the handler is not around. That does not necessarily need to be a stable, strong nerved dog. A PP dog is different than a guard dog. Such a dog needs to be social to aloof, but willing to react strongly to a perceived threat. Therefore , a PP dog usually needs to have better nerves than a guard dog, depending on his role. If you are someone who transports cash as part of your business and you want a PP dog, you probably don't need or want a dog that is friendly and social. If your are wanting more of a social family dog that will protect, you probably want a different type of dog.
What are your dog's bloodlines? That will probably tell you with a degree of accuracy if she has the genetics to do what you want with her. Also, everyone wants Rin-Tin-Tin, but not everyone wants to train him. Training a dog to be a PP dog is not for a novice.
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Yea it does not seem like an easy task I would imagine. I'm not looking for an attack dog or a dog that will hurt anyone unnecessarily. I just want a dog I know will at the very least bark until I am able to come and see what is wrong If there is a threat rather than a dog who will bark at anything that passes by. as a young kid I had a gsd who was actually a trained police dog, so she was very family friendly not to aggressive with guest, unless she sees something she deemed dangerous like if we were horse playing, or even just playing cops and robbers with a toy gun. Just to the point I can take her out for walks, and beach days and not worrying about her going off on a stranger, but alert enough to not watch burgulars stealing from my house and following them around trying to get them to pet her.
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shoots I don't have the full names off the top of my head maybe I can get that when I get home its on her papers. How do I go about looking it up?
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Like someone said earlier, focus on puppyhood for now. Bond with your dog. Show the dog that you care for her and down the road she will return the favor. GSD's (most) will have the friendly attitude where they go up to everyone and want to say hello. As they get closer to maturity, they'll pull back on this behavior and stay within "the pack". My GSD was always the cuddly one when I'm with family or friends, he LOVES to say hi, but if you walk into my apartment unannounced he'll make sure to let you know you're not welcome.

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