nice to have this forum. :-)
i have chocolate lab with chocolate eye. i don't know her exact age but my aunty says (who hve fostered dogs) that she is a month.
i want to my lab to be watchdog and guard dog. is this possible? if yes then how. thanks.
From your picture she looks about the same age as my pup which is 12 weeks/3 months.
Labs aren't generally considered as watch/guard dogs as they do not have the right temperament.
"some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree!"
Kate mom to Jed Jasmine and Joelly
DITTO. Labs do not make good guard or watch dogs because they are too people-oriented.Originally Posted by Kate2jays
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Oona has a big bark and will use it whenever she hears someone other than me at the door. But if someone were to come in the house she would hold the flashlight and show them where everything is.
Good luck with that, you have one of the very worst guard/watch dogs you could have chosen.
When looking for a guard/watch dog, it's helpful to look at what the breed was bred to do. Breeds like rottweilers, many mastiffs, dobermans, german shepherds were bred to defend their family/territory, at all costs if necessary. Labradors were bred to retrieve fishing nets in ice cold water, and then birds for hunters a little later on, no guarding involved in those activities at all.
Having said that, many will "alarm bark" if an intruder shows up, but I wouldn't even count on that, really. Of course, there are always the exceptions that prove the rule, and there are labs out there who will guard proficiently, but they're pretty rare.
She's VERY cute, though!
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
Labs make decent "watch dogs". They'll usually bark if someone is around. However, guard dog? Not so much. It's not their personality. Remember what they are bred for.....working closely with humans while retrieving/hunting. The temperament of a Lab is, if you and I were hunting buddies and I couldn't go this weekend, my dog could go with you and work for you. Not the temperament of a "guard dog".
If you wanted a guard dog, you should have gotten a "Working/Guardian" breed.
♣ Laura ♣
AGREEDOriginally Posted by Kate2jays
but great "alert" dogs so don't be too disappointed !
I'll have her if she's a disappointment !
My dogs will certainly bark but they would sooner help a thief carry out their loot than bite them.
Now my Maltese would probably fight to the death LOL
You don't keep that puppy on a tie-out in your yard do you? She appears to be on a chain in your picture.Originally Posted by chocolatelab