Golden Retrievers are beautiful dogs that most people love spending time with. As the third most popular dog breed in America, they make great companion pets for families of all ages. However, can they be good guard dogs for households? The short answer is typically not. This is because they are naturally loving and docile, and they do not have aggressive tendencies.
Some Golden Retrievers may be able to learn how to guard a home after some training. Stories abound about how Golden Retrievers have gone to great lengths to protect their family members. However, most Golden Retrievers simply do not have it in them. However, these dogs do make great watchdogs! Here is what you need to know about the protective abilities of Golden Retrievers.
The Difference Between Guard Dogs and Watchdogs
Both watchdogs and guard dogs work to protect their homes and human companions. However, watchdogs typically alert their human companions of possible intruders and suspicious activities as they become aware of such situations. Guard dogs do more than just alert people of danger.
They will do whatever it takes to protect their home and family, even if that means becoming aggressive and attacking an intruder. Guard dogs are not always aggressive — they are trained to only use aggression and protective measures when a serious threat is perceived. They are generally kind toward people and other animals when a threat is not present.
The 4 Reasons Golden Retrievers Make Good Watchdogs
There are several reasons that Golden Retrievers make good watchdogs. First and foremost, they naturally like to communicate with their human companions. They will communicate when something seems amiss.
How to Encourage Effective Watchdog Performance
Your Golden Retriever might naturally act as a watchdog, especially when they mature. However, there are a few things that you can do to encourage your Golden Retriever to become an excellent watchdog. First, consider working with a professional trainer to teach your pooch how to watch for danger and how to respond when any danger has been detected. Just make sure that your trainer understands the difference between guard dogs and watchdogs.
Second, you can encourage watchdog behavior by rewarding your dog whenever they alert you of something going on outside that is not normal. Ensure that you don’t end up dealing with false alarms by redirecting your pet when they alert you of something outside that should not concern them.
Golden Retrievers are awesome pets, whether they work as watchdogs or not. They are great with kids, they enjoy the company of friends, and they love going on adventures. If your Golden Retriever does not have any interest in working as a watchdog, it is best not to force them. Tap into their natural abilities to ensure a long and happy life for them. Some Golden Retrievers are better at agility or working as service dogs than as watchdogs.
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