I once worked with a guy who swore that he could train any puppy of any breed no matter the temperament to become a guard puppy that would attack on command Do you think this is possible

It would be 100% impossible with one of my dogs.

She is afraid of the world, and would sooner run out into traffic and get hit by a car than face the wrath of a floating plastic shopping bag in the breeze.

On walks, she will avoid anything living from squirrels to people as opposed to the standard puppy behavior of wanting to go investigate or chase or play.

When other people get in the elevator with us, she stands on her hind legs and hugs me like a shy 3 year old.

She prefers hiding under the bed or covers and cuddles on command-

But attacking on command?

She literally could not do it, besides ‘cuddle attacking’.

Harming another human by intent… Her anxiety would go into overdrive. She just could not bring herself to do it. Her recourse upon getting a command like that would be to aggressively cuddle the person giving the command

A) to make them happy enough that they no longer want her to hurt someone

B) Apology for failing to follow command

C) She just likes cuddling

But there is just no way she could learn to be an attack dog.

She is already a great guard dog. As mentioned, she is terrified of the world and suspicious of strangers, so she barks like crazy whenever a stranger is at the door.

But attacking on command?

Impossible. Cannot be done. She’s just not capable of it regardless of your friends talents.

She cuddles on command quite nicely.

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You can get the “bitework” behaviors in controlled environments from just about any puppy (there are probably a few exceptions).

But… most dogs will be much harder than dogs genetically/temperamentally suitable for the task, and most dogs will not persist in the attack in novel, stressful, opposed, scary situations. Most dogs in that situation will turn tail and run.

But there is a reason that few breeds are commonly used in police and military and personal protection work… and why even in those breeds, only certain breeding programs/kennels/lines produce most of the dogs.

The answer is YES and NO. Your family dog would defend you if you’re attacked in some cases. But most of the time, your dogs would fail to prevent burglaries. You can check the statistics and facts below to see would your dog protect your home from intruders. Set up a treat station by the door that is out of reach of your dog, but can easily be accessed when a guest comes over. When a guest comes in, treat your dog for sitting, and then immediately ask her to do another behavior, or simply to stay in the sit to await another treat or petting. Go to my Profile and you can find all Dog Training material there…

Yes. I think it’s possible.

I think it’s a bad idea. I think there’s a better than even chance that the methods an amateur would use would end up with a dog who was vicious and untrustworthy around children or other pets, but yes, I think you can train any dog to become an attack dog.

It’s an unworthy ambition and usually it will end up with the dog being destroyed and a human being being hospitalized.

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To solve the problem, you need to start using release as an added reward. When you call your dog over, give them a treat, praise them, and then release them back to whatever fun they were having. Use a release cue like “Okay!” or “Go ahead!” to let them know they’re free. Once again when your dog gets ready to bark, give the ‘panic’ command and give him the same three barks. Tell him to ‘hush’ and when he does, praise him and give him a treat. Practice makes perfect, just be patient and in time your dog will learn to protect you and the rest of your family when strangers approach. Go to my Profile and you can find all about Dog Training.

It could be possible but some people train dogs to be mean by being cruel to them so that the dog will attack anyone. By hitting or hurtfully pinching the dog it will learn to be a fear-biter. It’s not fair to any dog.

No, I think he was full of hot air.

NOPE. People who feel the need to make bold false claims and brag about themselves are either deluded, insecure, or President of the United States.