Your home and what you have in it are your most valuable possessions. Everyone uses something for home protection; some have more protection than others. Just locking your doors will not keep you protected. A door or window can be easily kicked in, broken or defeated. Having an alarm system is a great step in protecting your home but even the best alarms can be defeated. Having a gun for home protection is essential but if you are asleep you may not hear someone breaking into your home. It does not matter what gun you have or how much you spent on it, it will not do anything without someone operating it.
So what is the ultimate protection in home defense? A dog is the ultimate in home defense. Buying a dog for home defense will protect you or at least alert you to something strange going on in the house. A dog’s senses are much greater than humans; they have better smell, hearing and alertness than we do. It does not take a huge dog to bark at something and give you an early warning. Most breeds are territorial and instinctively guard their property and pack.
If you want a dog to not only to alert you, but actually attack an intruder and protect you then you have lots of choices and decisions to make. There are several breeds that people will consider the best for home protection.
German shepherd, Mastiff, Rottweiler, Doberman, Akita, and even a Pit Bull make excellent guard dogs with proper training. Training is the most important aspect of a guard dog. You must first teach your dog to obey your commands and respect you. Your dog must be loyal to you before it is going to fight to protect you. If you are not experienced in training a dog to protect property or people, then you should consult an expert. This is something that needs to be left to the professionals. A properly trained dog will go for the weapon that your intruder may have. He or she will be trained in how to charge and attack hard. You may have a large and territorial dog but without proper training your dog can be hurt or killed trying to protect you. It is just as important that your dog knows when not to attack. According to www.dogsbite.org…
31 U.S. fatal dog attacks occurred in 2011. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 650 U.S. cities, pit bulls led these attacks accounting for 71% (22). Pit bulls make up less than 5% of the total U.S. dog population.
The same website also reports that…
Together, pit bulls (22) and rottweilers (4), the number two lethal dog breed, accounted for 84% of all fatal attacks in 2011. In the 7-year period from 2005 to 2011, this same combination accounted for 74% (157) of the total recorded deaths (213).
You are responsible for your dog’s actions and can be held criminally and civilly liable for its damages. Professional training for your dog is not cheap but it is an investment. Your family’s lives are priceless. A professionally trained dog is an investment that you can expect a 10 to 22 year return on.
There are several professionals that breed and train dogs so that you can buy a young dog that has already been trained to protect you. This is expensive. A well-trained German Shepherd from a champion bloodline can cost $4,000 and up. With a purchase this large you can expect your new dog personally delivered by an experienced dog handler that will train you and your family how to live with the dog. You may want to purchase an insurance policy for your new companion! Pet insurance can cover health costs, replacement cost and even damages that your dog might cause.
Just as important as how well your dog will protect you is how well it will get along with the family. Having a dog is a big responsibility, it requires attention, affection, healthcare, grooming, and pounds of food. Every breed has pros and cons. You will need to study the temperament, grooming needs and common health problems of several breeds to decide what is best for you. Some breeds will require lots of attention while others may not need very much. Some dogs need more space to live in than others and require more exercise than others. The climate you live in may also be a factor on what breed of dog to choose.
A house with a security system, trained guard dog, and trained person with a reliable firearm will go a long way towards giving you peace of mind.