HOW TO CHOOSE A SECURITY DOG
There are many breeds of security dog available in Australia today so choosing the right canine companion for you and your family is not going to be easy. Before thinking about dog breeds you will need to decide which type of security dog will best suit your needs and improve your situation. Your decision will depend on what you want to achieve and the level of security needed at your home or place of work.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WATCH DOGS, GUARD DOGS AND ATTACK DOGS
Attack Dogs are trained to attack or defend with force. Their job is to protect their owner/master and defend areas of land and property. They can be provoked into action and will attack to save people under threat. These dogs are trained to attack on command, when provoked and if danger is perceived so it’s not surprising that they are a popular choice with the military, police force and professional security companies. The most notorious breed of attack dog in the world is the American Pit Bull Terrier. These dogs were bred to fight and are usually trained to attack from young puppies.
The last two decades saw a large increase in the number of vicious attacks carried out by American Pit bull Terriers on adults, children and smaller canines. The breed is banned from several countries around the world including the United Kingdom. Some countries including Australia and New Zealand have placed restrictions and conditions on ownership of that breed of dog due to the risk of more unprovoked and vicious attacks on the public.
Watch Dogs and Guard Dogs are similar in that their main purpose is to look for threats such as intruders entering a building, thieves approaching private land or the sound of burglars testing your windows and doors. Watch dogs have a very loud bark which should be enough to alert their owners or a security guard to the potential threat. Watch dogs have the ability to frighten your unwanted guests and draw attention to suspected criminals causing assailants to retreat quickly and making think twice before attempting to commit a crime on your property again.
Due to their extremely loud barking abilities and intimidating personalities, 10 of the most popular breeds of watch dogs for home security are:
- Doberman Pinscher
- German Shepherd
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Scottish Terrier
- Tibetan Mastiff
- Standard Schnauzer
- Bull Terrier
- Black Russian Terrier
Guard Dogs can provide the same style of deterrent that you get with a watch dog but they are also capable of going on the offensive by attacking, apprehending and restraining criminals and suspects. Police officers enjoy working closely with guard dogs as they have already been trained to chase, bite, restrain and release suspected law breakers on the handler’s commands. These canine types can also be found partnering with private security guards and mobile security patrol officers.
More and more home owners around the world are considering the idea of having a trained guard do
g as their family pet and as a residential security solution.
Finding the best guard dogs online is easy and so is researching potential dog breeders, experienced trainers and characteristics associated with each breed. During the previous 12 months the 10 countries that showed the most interest on the internet for guard dogs were:
- United States
- United Kingdom
BEST GUARD DOGS FOR CHILDREN
Most children love dogs and a guard dog will be no different. A professionally trained canine should arrive at your home in perfect health. They should be intelligent, well-behaved, affectionate and protective towards your kids.
Your living situation should be taken into consideration when choosing which breed of dog to purchase. If you live in a condominium or apartment then you need to consider a smaller breed of dog such as a Welsh Corgi for example. The larger breeds need space to run around and explore. They need plenty of exercise and do not tire easily. The bigger breeds of guard dog include some of the most popular purebred canines like German and Dutch Shepherds, Doberman and of course the Saint Bernard. All dogs need time and space to play and exercise so choose wisely to ensure you have a happy and healthy pet at home for years to come.
FRIENDLY BUT EFFECTIVE SECURITY CANINES
For an average family home with children there are many suitable breeds of watch dog and guard dog available. One breed that fits all the above criteria is the Australian Cattle Dog. From a puppy to nearing retirement age, this highly intelligent dog of Australian origin is great around kids. He is a low maintenance dog, very playful, energetic and affectionate. These popular canines are classed as easy to train and eager to impress their owners which they often do by listening well and obeying commands. These dogs are family friendly pets and they are very protective by nature. Having a loud bark makes them quick to alert their owners at the first sign of an intruder. When faced with an aggressor the Australian Cattle Dog will show no fear and do whatever it takes to protect his family from danger and keep them from harm.