I have a pitbull and a large mix. Both show signs of agression. Does anyone have ideas on how i can harness the agression and use it for a purpose? I am an 18 yr old girl and i live alone. I want to train my dogs to be agressive when chained up outside my home but to be well behaved around people off the chain. There is problems with people breaking into homes around where i live and i worry for my safety. The dogs live inside the house with me. The only time they are chained outside is when im home and i need them out of the way.
Don't worry about protection. Just the presence of a big or barking dog is enough to deter 95% of residential crimes. You do NOT want to train aggression in your dog unless you are a professional like a K-9 handler. Dogs trained in aggression will NEVER be able to be trusted 100% around other people or pets. Even you won't be safe from a dog that's taught to bite or aggress. If you want protection, no problem, you've got it. My Retriever has a big scary bark. I know he's a coward but burglars don't, so big barks are enough. Trust me. I am a security professional and have worked with attack dogs, they don't make good pets. Good luck!
Just be careful and responsible about your dogs. They sound like they're already protective of you, I wouldn't do any aggression training, it could make them difficult to control. And Pleast be sure, when they're outside, they are very secure so that they don't get loose and possibly hurt someone or another animal.
You NEVER want to train your dogs to be aggresive. That is why I am not very fond of police dogs. If they bond with you, you will become part of their "pack" and they will protect you. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
agree with above posters. Hey, my dog is only 20 pounds, likes people, and I still feel pretty safe in my apt. And I live in a big city with a LOT of crime in my area. The reason why I feel safe is because he barks whenever someone knocks, or he hears anything out of the ordinary, like most dogs do. I think that's enough of a deterent. The risks of an agressive dog far outweigh the rewards, in my opinion. And unless someone is a professional trainer, I don't think they should attempt training a dog to be aggresive. They won't know how to do it.
I would not encourage them to be aggressive. But one thing you CAN do (if their current signs of aggression are not so severe that you can't) is to have them wait for your okay before they happily greet your visitors. If it is not a personal friend, like, say, an uninvited salesperson (who knows, could be a criminal in disguise) you can allow the dog to bark and growl. You will already be talking to the person through the door, or cracked door if you are brave, do not open the door and do not give the dog an okay or be nice command, nor any reprimand. I think we need more info... DO they happily greet your friends and family that visit? And are there guarding type breeds in the mix? (My pit welcomes repairmen with licks.) If you become the alpha member of their "pack," they should relax and welcome people after they see that YOU welcome them. Once you see it's a friend, you can use a command like, "be nice." They may still be watchful, but they should no longer be showing signs of aggression. If they are already aggressive, I would TRIPLE my efforts at obedience training. My mom has 2 GSDs that are very protective. There is no doubt that anyone breaking in would have to deal with them. It's just in their nature, they love my mom and want to protect her. It is very important that they take their cues from my mom, however. When, for instance, people from church visit, she is able to let the dogs know that they should BE NICE. They knock on the door, are invited in, dogs are told to BE NICE. If they are being aggressive to everybody, they must be taught that it is NOT okay to act ugly when you welcome someone in and give a "be nice" (or whatever you choose to use) command. As a matter of fact, I would do some careful socializing with them. They will know when someone is threatening you, they will know that nobody should come in your house at night uninvited. Here is another post where lots of us have friendly socialized dogs that consider everyone friends unless they feel the person is being threatening to their owner. http://www.terrificpets.com/forum/7938.asp
The mix is chow/pit/lab i think. THey other is a full blood pit breed from fighting lines. They are both dog and people agressive. They dont mind eachother but if another dog was involved im pretty sure they would attack. They dont like people much either. They love me and have never shown agression to me but if they see other people they get nasty. I want them to be good around animals and people off the chain but when they are on it i want them to be agressive.
I would suggest finding a trainer who is experienced with pit bulls. You don't want your dogs to be aggressive towards other dogs or people. This is were the problems begin. If you got these dogs as puppies, they should have been socialized from the very beginning. Never bring it upon yourself to train for guard/protection unless you are an experienced trainer. All your asking for is problems and then you will be labeled as an irresponsible owner whose dogs attacked other dogs and people. This is not what you want.
I have to agree with the other posters. Dogs should never be trained to be agressive. I have worked and socialized with police dogs while my father was a police officer (32 years) and have come to realize that even they cannot be trusted all the time in every situation. And those dogs have the best training money can buy($100,000.00 or more). Dogs are instinctive predatory animals and will do what they need to do in situations where they feel threatened. You need to socialize your animals and have them evaluated and trained by professionals. When I say trained, I mean in basic obedience... not guard training. Your dog is your companion. If you want to feel safe in your home... get ADT!