I would like to make my 6 month old Doberman an excellent watch dog. Is there any way to make him aggressive in nature. Any training methods? He doesn't bark at strangers now. But barks on other animals which are smaller than his size.
You "need" to make him aggressive? No pet should be aggressive. If you have an aggressive dog (even a protection-trained dog) your home liability insurance will probably be negated. If your dog would ever bite someone, you would have little legal protection. If you really love your dog, why would you want to put him at risk? Buy a home alarm system.
Just the physical presence of a Doberman is enough to deter most people. If he's like most Doberman's he will have natural protective tendencies. I don't think it's a good idea to teach any dog to be aggressive, because you have no control of where and when that aggression may suddenly pop up, unless you're an extremely good trainer. Even then, I don't like the methods used to make dogs aggressive, I'm sure I will hear some disagreement on that subject, but it's just my own opinion.
There are some great protection training schools out there. You never want to make a dog just agressive. It can cause a number of problems, and you never know when an agressive dog can turn on you. If you ever have a problem most states now have dangerous dog laws. You don't get a chance to explain, if the dog is on the banned breed list which I belive dobies are (correct me if I am wrong), they are usually put down first bite. You might want to rethink that.
Be your dog's everything. Best friend, provider, leader, nurturer-- and he will protect you. You want him to welcome people that you welcome.. nobody wants a dog that tries to eat friends and family.
You would be surprised how that feed on your own signals. My dog loves everyone. I mean I have seriously not met one person that he didn't want to lick to death. He loves the cable guy, various repairmen, everyone. These are people that I welcome into the house and am comfortable with being there. He doesn't bark at strangers walking down the road, big trucks, or animals walking by. But the time a man, a stranger, too inebriated to know what he was doing, walked into my house while I was in another room, Manson barked a bark that said, hey, something is not right! He was in his crate, but he alerted me and I believed him because he doesn't go around just barking like that. He also told me when my grandfather was having a heart attack. He loved the couple that stayed at our house for a while, and was perfectly fine if the guy came in my room while I was awake and up and around, but if he came in there at night while I was sleeping, say, to hand me the phone because there was a call for me, Manson would put his hackle up, do the GET OUT OR ELSE bark, and growl. As soon as I said it was okay, Manson was welcoming. The roommates could come into the house in the middle of the night, and that was fine, because he knew they could be there, but the man could not come in my room while I was sleeping.
I didn't have to train him to do this, nor do I have to live with a dog that is unsafe to be around or unsafe for visitors or workers who may come to my house. All I did was love him and take good care of him. It is a dog's nature to protect the one who is his provider and leader.
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
Have no fear my dobie is the same he never barked and then one day my manitnace man came in my house while I was in the shower he thought I wasnt home and my rolo let out a visous bark for the first time I seen what he would do in the case of an intruder I used to set up my friends and make thim just walk in while I wasnt in the room an nothing I guess dogs are smarter then we relize cause trust in this when the time is needed he or she will protect you just have faith in your dobie it will come into its on!
Dobeies are not barkers. They are supposed to softly walk up to their targets and surprise them. I think my I love my dobe bumper sticker gets the point across as well as the dobe stuff all over the place. The presence is usually enough to deter.
A shepherd or rottie are more vocal.
And dobies are not that protective of property generally. Its when you are threatened they react. There has been a few times my boy turned it on and it was all times he needed to. But you can't really put a dog in the situation to test them.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
"My dobbie becomes frightened at the presence of strangers. when the stranger move towards him, he urinates."
LOL...that might be the best watch dog of all! "Step back, or my dog will piss on you!!!"
Anyway...my 2 both did the submissive urination thing as puppies, but they outgrew it, thank goodness. All in all, though-I think I'd rather have a submissive urinator than an aggressive dog. Don't think anyone would sue me over a wet pants leg. A trip to the doctor would be another story.
I still think a burglar alarm is the best protection. Even if I had a huge, scary looking dog-I wouldn't want to place my pet in danger. I feel my job is to protect my pets-not the other way around.