Attack Training

  1. 1. Wear a protective glove that covers not just your hand, but also your entire arm. This is a necessary safety precaution to prevent injury.

  2. 2. Sit your dog down. If you have not taught it simple commands like come, sit, stop, run, and stand, then you must teach those first before teaching the “attack” command.

  3. 3. After sitting the dog down, tap it in the face with the glove on your arm. This is a way of irritating the dog and trying its patience. Continue doing this until your dog attacks the glove in anger. (Do you now understand why you must wear an arm-long glove?)

  4. 4. As soon as the dog attacks the glove, say the word “attack” loudly. You are doing this because you want to make your dog understand what the word “attack” really means.

  5. 5. Praise the dog verbally or show it that you are pleased. Though it may not be necessary, reward your dog by giving it some cookies or other treats. But if your dog is often motivated by food and learns faster with treats, then you must offer it some.

  6. 6. Repeat steps 3 – 5 until you are sure your dog has understood what the word “attack” means. You will know this if your dog responds quickly to the “attack” command by attacking your gloved arm immediately it hears the command.

  7. 7. Stand at a short distance away from your dog, and give the “attack” command. See how it responds. If it doesn’t, then repeat steps 3 – 5 many times over. But if it attacks, this shows it’s familiar with the command.

  8. How to Train Your Dog to Attack on Command

  9. 8. Take a break to reward the dog once again for understanding your command.

  10. 9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for five to seven more times. This is to ensure that your dog has really mastered the command.

  11. 10. Now, it’s time to show the dog how to attack an intruder (or else, every time you say “attack”, it will go after your arm). Get a very big doll or make a caricature human and place it at a distance. Then point towards the “fake” intruder and shout “attack”. Although your dog may attempt coming towards you at first, it will go in the pointed direction once it sees your finger.

  12. 11. Reward your dog with treats or in some other way.

  13. Repeat step 10, placing your fake intruder at various points and pointing at it each time you command your dog. Repeat this until you are convinced that your dog has mastered the command and would no longer come after your arm.

  14. 12. Get someone to act like an intruder (use someone whose face is not familiar to the dog). Tell the person to stand by the door entrance and get ready to shut the door in case the dog ignores the “stop” command.

  15. 13. Point towards the “intruder” and command your dog to attack. If it runs towards the intruder, then it has gotten your message.

  16. 14. Repeat step 13, but while the dog is going for the intruder, shout the word “stop” to see if it will obey. If you’ve familiarized it with the “stop” command, it should stop immediately. This step is very necessary because it teaches your dog that sometimes you may want to stop if from attacking an intruder after initially giving the command.

  17. As a final note, I believe that with these steps, you would successfully transform your dog from a mere pet into a selfless guard dog that attacks only when you want it to.

Basic Obedience Training

Mastering basic obedience commands is a vital part of being a responsible dog owner. These basic commands make navigating the relationship between animal and owner much easier and keep both you and your pet safe in emergency situations.

From an outsider's perspective, basic training can look either very simple or extremely difficult. Recognize that training can take a lot of work. Also recognize any dog can learn at least the most basic and necessary commands. Dog owners occasionally run into road blocks when training, don't become frustrated. Seeking assistance from a professional trainer benefits first-time owners or individuals struggling with teaching commands or correcting problem behaviors. Don't ever hesitate to ask for help!

Training takes a lot of time and patience, even if you aren't trying any complicated or 'fancy' tricks. The responsibility of pet ownership includes properly training and socializing your animal. Before considering adopting an animal, please take into account how much time you will need to dedicate to making sure you have a happy, healthy, well-socialized and well-trained animal.

Finally, dog ownership and even training should be fun! Don't be too serious and make sure both you and your pet have a good time so you will look forward to future sessions!

Step 1: What You Will Need

Step 2: Sit Command

Step 3: Down Command

For this trick, your dog should already know the Sit command. This command can be a little more difficult to master because it is a very submissive position for your dog to take.

General Dog Care

A dog can be a wonderful addition to any home, but whether you're an experienced pet parent or a first-time adopter, it's important to keep your canine companion's health and happiness a top priority. Below are some useful tips for all dog parents.

And remember: If you're considering bringing home a new dog, please make adoption your first option. We encourage you to browse our directory of adoptable dogs in your area or visit our Find a Shelter page to start your search.


Regular Grooming

Regular grooming is an important part of responsible dog care, even if it may seem like your dog is taking care of those needs by himself. If you don’t have a routine set, start small. Attempt one task each time. Brush one day. Then bathe the next. And trim the nails on yet another day. The shorter you can keep each session, the better.

Ready to begin? Here are a few dog grooming tips to make the process easier.

Brushing Tips

• Check for ticks as you brush

You may notice the bugs themselves or small black flecks.

• Determine how often you need to brush

Most short coats require weekly brushing, but longer coats may require daily attention.

• For smooth, short coats

Use a slicker brush to remove tangles, followed by a bristle brush.

• For short, dense coats

Use a slicker brush to remove tangles, followed by a bristle brush.

• For long coats

Use a slicker brush to remove tangles and be very gentle when removing mats. Then follow it with a bristle brush.

• Don’t forget the tail and feet

Particularly for dogs with longer coats.

Bathing Tips

• Determine how often your dog needs a bath

Depending on the weather and your dog’s recent activities, you may want to bathe your dog every one to three weeks.

• Use a dog shampoo

Dog’s skin is different from humans, so you want to ensure the shampoo is mild enough to avoid irritation.

• Start by brushing

It will make the bathing process easier and more effective.

• Use a bath mat

If your pup is in the tub, this helps prevent slipping.

• Add lukewarm water

Be careful not to burn your dog or make it too cold, and only use about 3 to 4 inches in the tub.

• Don’t spray directly in the nose, eyes, or ears

A plastic cup or a spray hose can help you direct the water where you want it to go.

• Rinse well

One of the most common grooming mistakes is not properly removing all of the shampoo, leaving it on the skin to irritate your dog.

• Check the ears

Do you notice any foul odors or a lot of debris? Consult your vet

• Use a low heat setting on the blow dryer

A dryer can be an effective way to keep your dog from making everything in your house wet as he dries, but be careful not to burn your pup. You can also help keep it safe by not pointing it directly at your pup, but a little to the side instead.

• Try a bath toy

If your dog is overexcited and mouthy during bath time, it may redirect some of that attention onto something else.

Certain breeds have more particular needs. For example, bulldogs require special attention between the folds on their face. And droopy ears can be more prone to problems, so they should be monitored closely. Talk to your veterinarian to get dog grooming tips specific to your pup.