Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from wogelife and more videos in the Home Security category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at http://www.howcast.com/videos/new or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at http://www.howcast.com/filmmakers/apply. If you've ever wanted your furry friend to become a reliable line of defense, this guide will give you and your family the safety they deserve. To complete this How-To you will need: Patience Positive energy A professional trainer Warning: Trained guard dogs are not infallible and can be a liability. Be prepared to accept full responsibility for your pet and understand the risks associated with owning such an animal. Step 1: Select the best dog Select a breed that has a calm temperament, good socialization, and will watch your property without being distracted. Step 2: Practice basic obedience Practice basic obedience based on trust and mutual respect. Teach your dog to respond to your commands the first time, without hesitation. Step 3: Educate to respond to strangers Teach your dog to respond to strangers by barking and alerting a family member. Reward them with a treat or toy. Tip: Only the owner should offer commands and reward with treats. Step 4: Expose to all family members and friends Expose your dog to all family members and friends, including young children in the neighborhood. Step 5: Train your dog to attack Train your dog to attack clothing and appendages without being lethal when your family or property is threatened. Tip: Post a "Beware of Dog" sign to alert visitors and reduce the danger of an accidental attack. Step 6: Seek professional help Invest in years of training. A competent guard dog cannot be trained without years of professional guidance. Do not do this alone. Thanks for watching How To Train a Guard Dog! If you enjoyed this video subscribe to the Howcast YouTube channel! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=howcast
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