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I'm looking for a dog which can be easily trained and can serve as a good guard dog as well?

Hi Friends, I just need some suggestion. I'm a bank employee having parents in the house. In May, I'm planning to bring a 1-2 month old dog. The breed will be most probably a medium one. I work 8 hours a day and spend 2 hours on travelling. To be very reasonable, I can spend 2 hours daily on exercising and training the puppy. Before I bring the puppy in, I'll also take 10 days off so that the puppy can be house-broken and potty trained properly. Will a 2 hours training and exercise a day be sufficient for a medium breed dogs like Retriever and Dobermann. Many pet shop owners say that's more then enough, but I know they say this as they want to sell their puppies off. In my absence, my mother can take care of the dog and a trainable breed like Dober, Golden and Lab shouldn't have any obediance issues. I know in these days, no one can spend entire day training and exercising the dog. To feed the dog and himself one has to go out and earn. Actually, I'm looking for a dog which can be easily trained and can serve as a good guard dog as well. Should I stick to the plan of getting a medium sized breed or should I get less active dog like Pomaranian, Japanese Spitz which are small, don't require a lot of exercise and yet can be a good guard dogs.
By Navjot Singh · 30 Jan 2011 7:08 pm


By gautam sawant · 30 Jan 2011 8:36 pm
hi navjot
if u r lokin for a gaurd dog for your parents and house , i would suggest you to go for german shepard
golden retriever and Labrador are not a gr8 guard dogs by instinct but you can train them to do so
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By Bijal · 31 Jan 2011 10:13 am
Hi Navjot. Samir is right here. I also will not advise u to buy a lab or retriever for guard purpose. But go for a doberman. bec'se a GSD is big enough to handle with ur parents. It requires 3-4 times walk in a day for their daily business. and I dont think so tht a aged lady can handle a GSD on the walk when strays r also there. This is my personal exp. with my lab. I also cant handle my lab alone on road when many strays in our street. In my opinion its a doberman that is a medium built dog and its a very good guard. Training is necessary for all dogs to be well mannered and for the purpose u want to do with him. Its also good with pom or spitz they also r good guard but here size does matter.
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By Dinkar Singh · 31 Jan 2011 10:32 am
Seeing your scenario non of the so called medium breeds mentioned by you are suitable. You need to do more research on the breeds and traits. A golden retreiver is not a guard dog, needs a lot of exercise and grooming, it shed through out the year. The Dob. needs an experienced dog person and also likes its regular runs.

What you need to see is what kind of place you live in, an apartment, small house or a large house with garden etc. Based on that you need to also decide. There is a difference between a guard dog and a watch dog. Most people are scared of a dog barking and hence a watchdog is better in that scenario. If you want it to protect you physically then a guard dog.

Dogs are not something that you can just leave alone and come say Hi hello twice a day and carry on, if you understand what I am trying to say, they need company and care. No puppy should be brought home before it is 2 months old, plus puppy training and potty training cannot be done in 10 days as per me. A puppy is a puppy and will have a weak bladder till it is much older.
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By Indrajit Sanyal · 31 Jan 2011 11:49 am
Hello Navjot,
Dog is a social animal and its his basic instinct is to protect the territory of its pack, so all dogs if he have a sound mental health protects its home. I ve seen Golden Retriever to charge intruders. But sheep dogs or other specially bred guard dogs are more active in doing guarding jobs.
Before bringing home a puppy we should always remember that it is a creature who depends totally upon its owner, and therefore its our duty too look after him till its last breath.
Now the breed:- Sheepdogs like German Shephard is the best option for old people because they are more caring, but they are prone to have various health problems in our climate. If you are a hardcore doglover, and your family also loves dog you can have Dobermann bitch, but essentially you have to give her time to get socialize with other people. They are excellent guard dogs, though too much agile, and really intelligent with a very little health problem if brought up with proper care. If you can manage to have a sheepdog (bitch) of our Garwal / Kumaon hills or Tibetan Mastiff (bitch) from sikkim or darjeeling, is also fine.
Whtever dog you buy, my request to you Sir, dont depend upon a hired trainer completely, and try to build up a psychological relationship with your dog for his proper mental growth and training.
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 31 Jan 2011 12:07 pm
If you are first time dog owner pls re-think about Doberman, it is most powerful dog and very intelligent by nature, if you miss yourself in placing alpha position, your dog will take that position immediately. My friend has experience in it. As you said you spend 10 hrs a day in travelling and office, how can u socialize your dog? you need to spend a lot for socialization of such breeds like Doberman. Keep in mind that even PUG protect his master when he finds his master is in danger, all dogs have a basic instinct to protect his pack by nature.
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By Santosh · 31 Jan 2011 2:13 pm
Have youy given a thought on Boxer, good guard Dog and medium sized!
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By Navjot Singh · 05 Feb 2011 8:21 pm
Bijal: Bijal ji you are quite right, handling GSD by an aged man/woman is not easy. But, 've seen GSD walking very calmly with their owners. I think, training is what can make a difference.

Dinker: Dinker, I'm fully aware Lab don't make a good guard dog. My decision is also driven my a fact I need a dog of a gentle nature, a dog that can live with older members of my family. Protection is another factor.
Nor am I under the impression 10 days can "fully" potty train a puppy. Lab, Golden and Dober were referred to in the above post bcoz of their intelligence and trainability.
But I do feel, those 10 days can certainly lay a foundation for a good potty training. I don't know if you've read the above post properly, I don't intend to leave dog alone, I do have my parents who can take care of the creature in my absence. I don't think dobermann is not a good dog for a beginner. Wheather it's
Dobermann, Pitbull or Rottie, these dogs need early socialisation. They must be taught from the beginning whom to be good with and whom NOT to be good with. As far as exercise is concerned, I'm not saying these dogs should be tied at the corner of the house. I agree, the SPACE i can offer to the dog is a factor to be considered before selecting a breed.
Inderjeet: The idea of having a Bitch is very nice.
Kamal: Wheather its Rottie, Pit bull or any other dog bred to protect his master, early socialisation is very important. You have to teach them right from the beginning whom they should be good with and whom to be bad with. I mock at the idea that first time dog owner shouldn't go for Dobermann. Only Hipocrites would preach this idea.

Santosh: Doyou know due to the shape of the mouth of dogs like Pug, Bull dog, Boxer, Bull Masiff, they are not recommended for climate like ours. They can develop breathing problem in hot climate. That's why it's not in my list

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By gautam sawant · 07 Feb 2011 9:50 am
Dear Mr singh,
seems like you have a good information about dogs breeds
r u testing knowledge of other ppl around
just kidding
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By Bijal · 07 Feb 2011 10:55 am
Navjot : It seems u've done good research on dog keeping. THts fine if u have gone through all the pros & cons of every breed. Here we r sharing our personal exp. with our pets. So it could be different individually. But In my opinion whatever breed u keep, just train them well and also socialize. Bec'se an untrained dog is always a mass up & finally tied in the house. So go ahead positively and happily.
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