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How to Train a Dog to Attack: 13 Guaranteed Steps


a hunter with his 2 dogs teaching them how to attack

One of the main reasons why people adopt dogs is for protection purposes, a dog is very cute and all but usually people want more from their furry friends, Don’t you agree?

It will actually sting if you wake up one day and found out your house was robbed last night and your pet dog has sighted the burglar and did nothing, You will get pretty mad at him, Don’t you?

If you are you searching for a guard dog or a watchdog, That will protect you, your family, and your property, an aggressive dog that will attack on command, This article is surely made for you.

Before we dive any further let’s clear certain things out first. If you plan on getting a dog, make sure first and foremost that you are willing and able to properly care for one.

Respect, caring, and kindness are all necessary parts of that equation.

Your dog should be a pet first and a guard dog second, or else you’re putting yourself, everyone around you, and the dog at harm’s way. With that being said, there’s nothing wrong with properly training a dog to protect you and your property.

In fact, it can be a very strong deterrent altogether.

OK after we cleared that out.
Let’s start, Shall we?

How to Train a Dog to Attack?

Before we go to the training part, Let’s first discuss what constitutes a good attack dog.

You can’t just think that a yippy little Chihuahua will scare away intruders, as it takes a bit more than that to scare off determined criminals.  

What Makes an Ideal Guard Dog?

Most dogs have it in them the natural ability to act as guard dogs.

There are certain characteristics that should be available in a dog to be a perfect guard dog; he should be large, fearless, athletic, alert, loyal, and very responsive to training.

Unlike most beliefs, A guard dog should not be aggressive.

It is important that the dog has a very strong sense of loyalty to you and your family, is highly alert and observant, is very obedient, and shows some instinctual protective behaviors (like barking at strangers).

owner teaching a dog how to attack.

All these traits mentioned can be developed through rigorous training to make an excellent guard dog. 

An effective guard dog should have the ability to intimidate anyone who trespasses on your property or threatens to harm you or your loved ones.

In a perfect world, your guard dog will chase people off without the need to cause bodily harm to the offender

credit: Pixabay

However, there are certain cases when a guard dog attacks an intruder who poses a major threat.

Here is a list of 10 dogs that are excellent dogs but when properly trained, can be exceptionally good guard dogs.

Top 10 Guard Dogs That Are Easily Trained to Attack

  1. Akita
  2. Boxer
  3. Bullmastiff
  4. Doberman Pinscher
  5. German Shepherd (clearly)
  6. Giant Schnauzer
  7. Komondor
  8. Belgian Malinois
  9. Cane Corso
  10. Rhodesian Ridgeback

Now, after you selected the best suitable attack dog for you, it’s time for you to train him, Right?

That’s why you are here,
So here we go,

How to Train a Dog to Attack in Simple Easy Step-by-step ways?

Step. 1

As a safety precaution, make sure to wear a protective glove that covers not just your hand, but also your entire arm. This is necessary to prevent injury, I’ll explain later.

Step. 2

Training a dog is a ladder that should be climbed one step at a time. Meaning that your dog should familiar with simple commands like come, sit, stop, run, and stand before you even think about teaching him the command “Attack”.

If you haven’t yet taught him that, why the wait? Sit your dog down and start now

Step. 3

After assuring that your dog understands most of your commands, sit the dog down, tap it in the face with the gloved arm as a way of irritating the dog and trying its patience.

Repeat this movement until your dog attacks the glove in anger. ( now you know why you must wear an arm-long glove?)

training a dog how to attack
credit: simply for dogs

Step. 4

Immediately after the dog attacks the glove, yell the word “Attack” loudly. That way you will carve the meaning of the word “attack” in your puppy’s mind as the command or expression related to that action.

Step. 5

Praise the dog for being a good boy verbally and show him that you are pleased. Though it may not be necessary, reward your dog by giving him some cookies or other treats.

But if your dog is often motivated by food and learns faster with treats, then you must offer him some.

Step. 6

Repeat the previous steps (3, 4, and 5) until you make sure that your dog has understood what the word “Attack” means.

You will certainly know for sure if your dog responds quickly to the “Attack” command by attacking your gloved arm immediately after hearing the command.

Step. 7

Test the effect of the attack command on your dog by Standing at a short distance away from him, and giving the “Attack” command, Notice how he responds.

If he doesn’t move, then repeat steps (3, 4, and 5) many times over. But if he attacks, this shows his familiarity with the command.

Step. 8

Take a break and treat your dog once again with his favorite food for understanding your command

Step. 9

Repeat the previous steps (7 and 8) for at least five times. To ensure that your dog has really comprehended the meaning of the “Attack” command.

Step. 10

Now, there may be a slight problem here, you need to show the dog how to attack an intruder. Otherwise, every time you say “Attack”, he will just go after your arm.

Try to get a human-shaped big doll or make human-shaped cardboard and place it at a distance.

Point your finger towards the fake intruder and shout “Attack”. Don’t worry, it’s common that your dog may attempt coming towards you at first, but he will eventually go in the pointed direction once he sees your finger.

Step. 11

Repeat the previous step multiple times by placing your fake intruder at various points and pointing at it each time you command your dog.

Repeat this until your dog would no longer come after your arm then you should be convinced that your dog has mastered the command.

Step. 12

Get a friend of yours to act as an intruder.

Hey, that’s what friends are for, Right?
(Make sure your dog hasn’t seen him before).

Ask your friend to stand by the door entrance and get ready to shut the door in case the dog ignores the “Stop” command.

Step. 13

With your finger pointed towards your friend “The intruder”, Command your dog to attack.

If he goes running towards the intruder, then Congratulations,
That means you have successfully managed to train your dog How to attack

That’s it, That was How to train your dog to attack. Use these steps wisely and carefully and Remember, Dogs are living creatures too not weapons.

I hope this has helped and answered your questions.

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