The German Wirehaired Pointer is a breed that is naturally standoffish with strangers. While in some instances this could cause a problem, it actually makes it an ideal watch dog. As a family pet, the German Wirehaired Pointer can be very protective and always looking out for danger. Bred as the ultimate hunting dog, the keen instincts of the German Wirehaired Pointer make it a natural watch dog. With proper training, those natural skills will make your pet an amazingly skilled watch dog.
Even after your pet has been socialized, it will still be very distant with strangers, unless your visitors come to your house often and your dog familiarizes itself with them. Its natural aloofness towards strangers is an added benefit of its hunting instincts and its ability to literally sniff out danger.
The German Wirehaired Pointer is one of the easiest dogs to train, and with its natural instincts as a watch dog, you can train it properly in a short period of time. Consistent training by a firm but gentle owner will make a German Wirehaired Pointer the perfect watch dog for the family. Mix its natural abilities with its strong desire to please its owner, and you'll find that no other pet can serve a multitude of purposes quite like the German Wirehaired Pointer.
If you'd like your German Wirehaired Pointer to also act as a watch dog for your family, you will have to wait to make sure that it is trained to bark just once or twice to notify you of danger. Although this breed can be quite stealthy due to its hunting background, at the first sign of danger, the German Wirehaired Pointer will continue to bark until the threat exists no more. By training your pet to speak when you want it to alert you of the presence of danger, you will let it know that you are focused and listening to what it has to say. This simple communication done over and over again will train your German Wirehaired Pointer to let you know succinctly that danger is near.
Just as important as training your German Wirehaired Pointer to speakwhen it senses danger, you should also train your dog not to bark continuously every time you have a guest at the door. In the first stages of training, your pet will do this out of habit, but to lessen this, familiarize your German Wirehaired Pointer with the way most people come in and leave. Communicating with your dog about what is and what is not danger will make its job much easier in the long run. The idea is to protect you from danger, not to scare away your guests, although sometimes a barking dog does come in handy with those pesky salesmen!