Attack on Command
Hello I was just wanting to know how to train my one year old pit to watch things when I tell him to and attack on command.
Seriously? You were just casually wondering how to go about turning your dog into a weapon to hurt another person? You really need to think about this.
Owning a dog that has been trained to attack is a HUGE responsibility and a HUGE liability. You can't just 'sort of' train a dog to attack.
Either a dog is formally attack trained or it isn't. If it is, you'd better load up on liability insurance. If it isn't and you try to use it as an attack dog, you are putting yourself, your dog and everyone who innocently crosses your path in jeopardy.
It's not reasonable to expect a dog to wag his tail when the UPS guy shows up and bare his teeth when it's someone you don't like. Do you really want a dog that no one but you can pet? If someone in your household needed an ambulance, would you want a dog that felt the need to protect your family against the medics?
If you are concerned about break-ins where you live, get an alarm system. If you are worried about your personal safety, take a self-defense class. But, don't expect a pet dog to defend you on command. It's not their job.
When you read about a heroic dog that subdued an intruder or sacrificed its life for its owner's, that wasn't a trained attack dog. That was a pet dog acting on its instincts. But whether or not your dog would lay down his life for you isn't something you get to decide. It's your dog's decision. And that's why we humans marvel at it whenever it happens.
By the way, if I really wanted an guard dog, I wouldn't get a pit bull. On the whole, pits are too people-friendly. I would get one of the guardian breeds. Let your pit bull be a pet. That means you take care of him, not the other way around.
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