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Best Guard Dogs for Families – 4. July, 2014

One of the most common ways to protect your family from danger is to own a dog. Dogs have a natural tendency to protect their families and never hesitate to put themselves in harm’s way to save the life of the people they love.

There are specific breeds that have the characteristics needed to protect and chase away unwanted people or dogs form your home. The following breeds are considered the best dogs for protection because of their resistance to pain, physical strength, courage and most of all their loyalty to the family.

German Shepherd – These wonderful dogs are quick to learn commands and extremely intelligent and a highly favored for police dogs. They are confident, fearless and bold. In the family home they are very calm but when their home of family is threatened they react without hesitation to the immediate danger. They are a wonderful choice as a guard dog and a pet for families with children as they will protect a child with their lives. They are eager to please and they form extremely strong bonds with their family.

Bullmastiff – These dogs were bred to overpower a person or game animal pinning it down until help arrived with his agility and weight. They are soft on the inside in spite of their tough exterior. They are a great choice for a guard dog for the family because they are very eager to please. They do not need a lot of exercise and grooming is low maintenance. Barking is minimal their silence is a virtue because they sneak up on predators and were originally used to guard estates making them excellent guard dogs.

Boxer – These adorable dogs are easily trained and highly intelligent. The Boxer has a tendency to stand on his back legs and “bat” at his “opponents” that included large game and bison therefore give him this name. These dogs have a lot of energy so families with older and active children will enjoy them as a pet. In the face of danger they are very protective and powerful. They are very affectionate and are a great choice to have as a guard dog for your family.

Saint Bernard – These beautiful dogs rescued avalanche trapped travelers as their work in the Swiss Alps originally. They have a very protective nature to their families and to children especially. They are loving and loyal. They have a gentle spirit, awesome strength and are very smart which makes them a wonderful guard dog. Due to their size they do not want to be confined so they need a lot of space to roam.

Doberman Pinscher – These dogs are able to reach an intruder in a short time because they are very fast. They are alert, loyal and fearless dogs and are also known as the fifth smartest dog breed in the world. They are ready and on the alert to protect their home and family. They are adventurous and a loyal companion and an intelligent capable guardian. They respond to their owner’s wishes and are sensitive. They are great guard dogs for your home or if you have a large piece of property.

Rottweiler – These dogs have a loving heart, and are strong and true. They are extremely loyal to their owners and are very intelligent. They learn quickly, a gentle companion and powerful. They have a natural instinct to protect their family and can be ferocious. They are calm and confident, never timid or fearful and typically distant toward strangers. Their attitude is “wait and see” when they are with new situations and people, then as this situation comes together they are a natural guard dog with a mellow disposition and  successful as a protector and a family friend.

When choosing one of these special breeds of dogs you will be making a great choice not only for a guard dog, but also for a wonderful addition to your family.

Photo credit: Peter Kunasz/Shutterstock


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Lead Handling Basics – 13. February, 2013

Dogs love socializing and exploring the outdoors, and walks and public outings are a great source of pleasure for them.

With proper lead training, owners can take their dogs everywhere, without risk of injury to themselves or others.

Start training your dog to walk on a leash at 8 weeks. Young puppies can be safely walked with a harness attached to a 4 to 6 foot leash. An adjustable, nylon harness is a good beginner’s item that will allow for some of your dog’s growth. Practice taking it on and off until you can do so quickly and easily. Squirming and wriggling is normal for a puppy first adjusting to a harness. Be patient, and give lots of praise once the harness is on. Your dog should always wear a collar that is tagged for easy identification. This will make the transition to collar leading smooth later on.

Have your dog wear its halter around the house without the lead attached. Gradually, start attaching the lead during feeding or when your puppy is tired. Let it hang loosely at your puppy’s side. Next, pick up the lead occasionally and follow your puppy around. Keep the leash slack, and do not pull or restrain your dog with it.

When you are ready for lead training, take your dog to a place with minimal distractions. Schedule training after a play session when your dog is somewhat tired out. Position yourself with the lead in your right hand and your dog on your left. Hold a toy in your left hand, and encourage your puppy to follow after it as you slowly move forward. Say heel when you both begin to walk. Stop after a few feet, let your dog play with the toy, and give lots of praise. Repeat several times, using the toy or a treat to guide your dog’s starts, stops, and position at your side.

If your dog becomes distracted or impatient, it may begin to pull. If you do not move forward when pulled, your dog will learn that only a slack leash lets him go forward, and brings treats and praise. When your dog stops pulling and the leash is slack, encourage him to return to you, and begin the process again. Once heel is mastered, be sure to practice with your dog in a variety of places.

If you cannot stop your dog from pulling in all directions on the lead or control lunges, seek professional training help. Only as a last resort should you consider purchasing a no pull harness or Gentle Leader. These are specially designed to make pulling uncomfortable or impossible. They may end unruly behavior, but should only be considered temporary solutions. The goal of lead training should always be to walk your dog with a regular collar and lead. The best training will teach your dog how to behave, not force it to.

 


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GoPets Treadwheel Lets Your Dog Burn Off Extra Energy Inside – 12. March, 2012

By Amy Tokic

You may think that you’re looking at a hamster wheel, but this piece of exercise equipment is for your pooch.

The TreadWheel is available in a few different sizes, so there’s no excuse why dogs big and small can’t get in shape or burn off some extra energy. Forget about taking a walk in the rain, snow or extreme cold. Your dog can get in a few laps, all in the comfort of your living room. Of course, the TreadWheel isn’t meant to replace a proper walk; it’s just supposed to supplement your dog’s existing exercise routine.

The TreadWheel is made of stainless steel and runs on pure pooch power. It comes with a training door, a special cushioned running mat and special resistance settings. Another great thing about the TreadWheel is that it’s easy to clean… just in case of accidents.

The TreadWheel starts at around $475 and is available at GoPets.

 


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