One of the bonuses of having a furry best friend is the upgrade in one’s defensive perimeter. Your dog, whether big or small, is likely going to be very protective of you. So, how does one enhance these natural canine protective tendencies? In this article we will discuss how to train a dog to attack on command, as well as what breeds are best suited for this and other considerations that you will want to think about. Let’s talk about how to train a dog to attack and more importantly, the way and the why of it.
How do you teach a dog to attack on command: First things first!
First you will want to consider the natural temperament of your animal as well as the size. While a Chihuahua will give it’s life in a heartbeat for you, the little darling is not going to be of a lot of use when it comes to saving your life (although they will certainly alert you to anything bad). That said, dogs such as Shar Peis and Chow chows are diminutive but fiery in defense, so just consider things on a case by case basis. There are some dogs which are considered optimal for attacking that we will list on the off chance that this is what you have at home. Dogs such as:
- German Shepherd
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Doberman Pinscher
- Pit Bull
Hey wait, my dog is not on that list!
Relax. If you have ever been on the side of a frightening ‘talking-to’ from another breed of dog then you know that fierceness is not limited to particular breeds. Whatever your dog, you can train them to attack, we just cannot swear by the efficacy of the attack which will be produced. You should consider, however, the type of relationship you want with your best friend before you work on his or her aggression.
Training your dog to be
aggressive may make them a bit less ‘cuddly’
One thing that you should consider, if you train your dog to attack on command then you are encouraging it to be more aggressive. While this seems like a no-brainer, you should consider it. Your dog may not be as cuddly as you were hoping for, especially if you are encouraging this behavior in an ‘Alpha’ dog. That said, you are going to know your pet’s personality the best, let’s talk about how you can push your dog’s natural protective nature into focus with a bit of obedience training and a lot of patience.
How can you train your dog to attack on command: The basics
Now that we have gone through the ‘disclaimer’ portion of our article, let’s talk about the actual training. How do you go about making a dog learn to attack on command? Well, brace yourself. While the process has amazing results it may be a bit more simple (and scarier) than you expected. You will need to do the following:
- Obtain protective gear for your hand and arms. Make sure that it is full and thorough because you are going to need it.
- Irritate the dog by thumps, face brushes, or any other behavior that is humane but irritating at the same time.
- When the dog eventually attacks (and they will unless you have an Omega dog), then you must shout ‘attack!’ and let them tear and rend at your protective attire.
- Produce a treat and a lot of praise, later repeating the process as needed.
How to train your dog to attack: Wait, what?!
This is the part that a lot of people have problems with. Yes, you are going to have to irritate your dog into attacking and YES, this part is dangerous. There are trainers that may be employed in the process if you are worried about this part and this is something to consider. While your dog is receptive to whatever you wish to teach them, this sort of training is very likely to detract from the social aspects which you enjoy with your furry best friend, so proceed with caution if you are looking for a cuddly companion.
Time to test the command
Once you have this command established, you will still need to ‘don the armor’ and try out the ‘attack!’ command. Take a week without saying the command and try it. Keep
“Take a week without saying the command “
trying. Be sure that your dog knows this command before you ensure your own safety upon it. If your dog always reacts aggressively to the ‘attack!’ command that you have tested at your own peril, then you are done. Just don’t do this halfway, if you want this then you will both need to work on it.
Keep in mind that not all dogs are the same in this
Dogs come in 3 levels of pack succession, the first being the most aggressive, which are called ‘Alphas’. The next are ‘Betas’ and then the ‘omegas’, the last being the least aggressive of a pack structure. It is possible that your dog fits the last profile and if this is the case then no volume of training is going to make your dog that aggressive. Understand your animal, best before you begin the process, and try to train in a way that appeals to its nature. Don’t try to force things.
Some final words
The most important part of the process is going to be your patience and endurance. Your dog wants you to be happy and you are likely not going to like turning up their aggression dials. Hang in there, it’s hard for the both of you. Also, keep in mnd, aggression training may not be necessary. Your furry best friend is already protective of you and it may well be enough. So gauge your concerns, gauge your animal, and work the equation from there. We are certain that between the both of you that you will decide what sort of training is required!