*Note, this article is for dog lovers that have many years of experience with dogs and different breeds alike. Exit this page of you do not have much experience regarding dog behaviour. Thank you.
There are some people who like big dogs, and when I say big dogs, I mean very large breeds like the German Shepherd Dog, the Rotweiller, the mountain Caucasian, the great Dane, the pit bull, the South African Boerboel, the cane Corso, the saint Bernhard, Tibetan mastiff, the English bulldog, the Belgian Malinois, etc. These are some significant and medium-size breed of dogs that dog lovers who particularly like to go for when they want to buy a dog.
We can not deny the fact that most big dog lovers also use these dogs for security purposes too, their strength, their sense of security, eyesight, is very useful when it comes to alerting their owner about a strange entering the compound. Some dogs go as far as attacking the stranger brutally, which may result in serious injury to the stranger or even worse; death.
Not to bore us with unnecessary introduction, it is, however, important to know that I initially use the term "stranger" because I am trying to drive home the point that not every stranger is thief, not every stranger is a dangerous person, in knowledge of this, one can deduce that not every stranger that enters the compound should the dog attack.
Most of us buy dogs and throw it in a cage from the beginning of its life, it is normal that the dog turns out to become a monster and destroy anything, but what do you do when your dog attacks and wound a family member that is just visiting your house for the first time? Or a young child sent to your compound?
The focus of this article is to make our dog security-conscious professionally and not just as aggression without direction... Read on.
To begin this training you will need gloves; very thick ones that can withstand and protect your hand from dog bite, also, you will need an arm glove that will cover up your entire arm, a very thick one that can take a dog bite, 3 or 2 scarecrows that will look exactly like a person, then, you are going to need a friend too, someone that the dog knows very well, and lastly, you will surely need lots of tasty treats.
*Note, to teach your dog this advanced command, he must have mastered obedience command like sit, come, stay, drop it or release, stand, etc, and the dog must be over eight months of age.
Ask your dog to sit first, when he sits, tap him gently on the head repeatedly till he feels agitated. Your dog might try to leave or bail away, but you have to sit him down again. Continue the tapping, and when your dog gets irritated and tries to bite your hand, reward him with a very tasty treat, call him a good dog and rub his head with enthusiasm; the point is to make your dog understand that you are impressed with what he did. Try it again, sit him down, tap his head again, Continue to tap his head till he yaps at your hand and then you reward him. Continue this step many times as possible as you can till your dog will yap at your hand once you begin to tap his head. This is why you need a very good hand glove.
Now, moving to the second phase of the training. This is the part where you introduce the word "Attack."
When you begin to tap your dog's head, and he tries to bite your hand, quickly say the word "attack" as soon as he goes for your hand. This may not look like it is working at first, but it will. Continue this phase till you are very sure your dog will come at your hand once it hears attack without you even tapping his head.
This first step can be frustrating, but it takes patience, time and determination. The required result at the end of step one is that your dog should come at your hand to bite when you shout "Attack," in fact, to test if your dog has mastered it well, ask him to sit, then moves away from him by some distance and give the command. If he runs at you and bites your hand, good, (you can continue to increase the distance as time goes on) if he does not, start all over. (also, so not forget treat and praises)
Now that your dog has learnt to run toward you and bite your hand when you say "Attack," the next step is to teach him to attack anything or anybody you tell him to by pointing to that thing or person.
This is where you will use the scarecrows, ensure that you dress them well to make them look more human and not like a mad toy.
Set two in certain areas in a large compound, then Bring Your dog. Sit him down, say the word "attack!" and quickly point to one of the scarecrows. Now, this step is the most challenging part because your dog will run at Your hand and bite it, that is certain.
You ask him to "stop" or "leave it" and then sit him down again, and give the command and quickly point to the scarecrows again, he will come at your hand again, and you have to say a firm "stop" or "no." Eventually, after countless mistakes, your dog will learn to go to where you are pointing to, and once he does, reward him heavily. Repeat this step the most, give him the command always till he spoils the scarecrows.
Now that your dog has learnt to attack whatever you point to without hesitation, the next step is to go to a real-life situation. This is the point where you stretch your dog's learning skills; this is the point where you can say that your dog is not an "attack dog." Get a real person now, I mean a human being that is alive, preferably your friend, (to spice things up, get someone that the dog is quite familiar with).
Ensure that the person wears an armed guard that will cover the whole hand. Them ask him to stay in front of your dog, ask your dog to sit, then give the command and point to your friend. If your dog flies at him and bites your friend without hesitation, then I congratulate you. But if your dog would not bite him, go back to the scarecrows and use them till you are sure your dog is ready to move to step 3.
If your dog has successfully learnt and excelled to your satisfaction in all these stages, then I want you to know that what you now have is not just a dog, but an attack dog. You must ensure that nobody jokes with the command by shouting attack all around. The truth of the matter is your dog will obey the command from anyone he knows, so one must be very guided as not to cause any trouble.
Also, like any other training, you can always give treats to your dog once he answers the command you give him, so at a point that you are one hundred percent sure that your dog has mastered the command, begin to introduce praises instead of treats. By praises, I mean that you rub his head happily, call him sweet names like a good boy, good dog, good doggy. You can say yes! Too with enthusiasm, to make him know that you like what he is doing.