Are Labs Good Guard Dogs – Can Labrador Retrievers Tell Friends From Intruders?
Labrador Retriever (Canis lupus familiaris) are one of the most popular types of guard dogs. They have been used since ancient times as guards, but they were not considered very effective at guarding people because they could only bark so much before it was time to go home. However, today’s labradors are better than ever! They are intelligent, loyal and affectionate. These traits make them excellent guard dogs.
The main reason why they’re so great is because they have a strong sense of loyalty. If someone tries to harm you or your family, the first thing that would happen is that they’d probably try to run away from you.
But if you have a loyal friend like a Labrador, then he’ll immediately come to your aid.
Another reason why they’re so great is because they are very adaptable. They can live with other breeds too.
So, don’t worry about which breed of dog you choose for your guard dog; all of them work well together.
In addition to being loyal and loving, Labradors are also extremely smart and observant animals. That makes them excellent guard dogs as well!
They are not easily tricked by intruders or strangers because they’re very good at identifying them.
They can also adapt to many different kinds of situations. The same applies for guard dogs, they will immediately know when something is wrong and they’ll react in the way they’ve been tought to.
They can be used for guarding boats and trucks as well as your home. In other words, you can rely on these dogs for just about anything!
Are Their Any Disadvantages?
There are very few disadvantages to using a Labrador Retriever as a guard dog. But of course, everything has its downsides. They do need a lot of food and they shed a lot. So, if you don’t like cleaning or feeding large quantities of food then these dogs are not for you! They also need a lot of space to run around in. If people are saying that Labs are not good for apartment living, then just think about how horrible they’d be as guard dogs in such a setting!
They’re also not the best guard dogs if you want something that is ferocious looking. Although these dogs look quite intimidating, they’re still very friendly animals.
If someone is messing with you, they’re more likely to lick you to death rather than bite your attacker to death!
These are the only disadvantages that we could think of! If you want a loyal, loving and protective dog then you can’t go wrong with getting yourself a Labrador Retriever!
Why Get A Labrador As A Guard Dog?
There are many reasons why you should choose a Labrador as your guard dog. In fact, there are probably more reasons why you shouldn’t get one than there are reasons why you should! Just about anyone would be able to handle a Labrador. They’re loyal, friendly and quite easy to get along with (especially if you own one yourself). They’re even so eager to please you and make you happy that they’d rather eat the food that you’ve told them not to eat than spoil your fun and tell you!
In other words, they make excellent guard dogs for many reasons.
If someone is trying to break into your house, who are you going to call? A savage Doberman that will shred the intruder to pieces or a wagging tail that’s going to lick the burglar to death?
There are several different types of guard dogs, such as the mastiff, doberman and rottweiler, but honestly nothing beats a Labrador Retriever! If you’re thinking about getting a guard dog any time soon, then you shouldn’t hesitate to get yourself one of these dogs.
Even if you already own a dog that you think is vicious, it might not be as protective as you think! There is only one way to find out though. Get yourself a Labrador Retriever and see them in action!
How To Train Your Labrador
Labradors are probably one of the easiest breeds of dogs to train. Although they can be stubborn at times, they are still quite eager to please you so training them is not very difficult.
As long as you maintain a strict but positive attitude, your dog will be well behaved and highly trained in no time.
The key to training a dog is by setting rules and boundaries early on. You need to establish yourself as the Alpha, or the dominant one in the pack.
Without doing this, it is almost impossible to train a dog and you will constantly be battling against your pet.
There are several ways of going about this. The most common way is through using physical force.
This involves things like hitting the dog with a rolled up newspaper or kicking it. We DO NOT condone this method at all and if you are ever caught abusing an animal it is grounds for arrest.
Luckily, there is a much better way to go about this! Through positive reinforcement, you can easily establish yourself as the dominant one in the relationship.
When the dog obeys your commands, reward it with praise and affection. When the dog does something bad, simply ignore it and it will soon realize that it shouldn’t do that again.
Labrador Retrievers are also very easy to housebreak as well. Dogs will naturally instinctually hold themselves back until they are able to go to the bathroom outside.
Without going into too much detail, once again simply maintain a strict routine and your dog will follow it almost automatically.
Labrador retrievers also have an average lifespan of about 10-12 years, meaning that you should get at least 10 years of enjoyment out of your pet before it dies. This is just another reason why they are excellent guard dogs.
Why A Labrador Retriever Makes An Excellent Guard Dog
Are you considering buying or adopting a labrador retriever as an guard dog?
If so, this article should shed some light on why this is a really bad idea for protection. To begin, labradors were bred to be retrievers for hunters. This means that their instinct is to chase and return with whatever is thrown for them. This is why they make such popular pets.
If you own a labrador, there is also a possibility that it may run after a burglar and not return. This is because the labrador has a relatively high prey drive, which means they like to chase animals.
While this would be beneficial if you own a hunting dog, it is not at all if you are using one to protect your home.
Do not get me wrong. Labs are still very protective of their owners and will bark when confronted with a threat, but their natural instinct is to run after the intruder.
If you are looking for a guard dog that will deter intruders with their threatening nature, a lab is not for you. If you are looking for a pet that will love you unconditionally and always be happy to see you, then the lab might be the right dog for you!
Also, if you are considering adopting a lab, be sure to check your local animal shelter. There are many labs in shelters that are waiting to become your new best friend.
A golden retriever will not make a good guard dog for the simple fact that their friendly nature makes it very unlikely that they will attack anyone. This also makes them an extremely popular pet.
The fact that their fur is so fluffy also makes them susceptible to heat and unable to compete well in field trials. These are the reasons why they were not originally bred as gun dogs.
They were bred as pets. They are extremely friendly and loyal to their owners.
If you own a golden retriever, you have probably never had a dog that was more loving or more happy to see you. These traits make them a poor choice as guard dogs. Those traits are also what make them an excellent family pet.
A better choice as a guard dog would be a dog that has a natural distrust towards strangers and will bark at or even attack them. If you would rather have a pet that is extremely friendly to you but not so much to others, then the golden retriever may be a better choice for you.
If you would like a dog with a willingness to please and that loves everyone, regardless of who they are, then the labrador retriever is the dog for you.
Guard Dogs Conclusion
When it comes to guard dogs, you really need to do your research. Ask the local kennel or animal shelter about the breeds that are most commonly used for this purpose.
Always remember that no dog is going to be effective against a firearm, so always keep that in mind when choosing a breed. Also remember that a dog’s natural instincts are a big part of what makes them who they are. You can’t just train away their natural instincts and personality. You just need to direct them in a way that will let them use those traits in an effective way to benefit you.
Do your research, and choose a dog that will compliment your lifestyle and help you the most. A good dog can be a great companion and provide years of companionship and protection.
Thanks for reading!
I hope this article has helped you learn a thing or two about guard dogs. Please leave any comments or questions below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Have fun and keep your feet on the ground!
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