The Best Guard Dogs For Your House
Having a pet around you and your family definitely adds a sense of security to your life. While sometimes their mere presence is enough, at times families might want to go a step ahead and bring home a dog that offer protection from unwanted people entering the serene setting of your lives. Obviously, nobody wants their dog to be in a situation where they have to put up a fight, but sometimes it helps to have a dog that will not run away from scary situations.
It’s also important that to be able to do the duty of a house dog effectively, it must be trained. Otherwise, it may end up ‘protecting’ you from everyone that it deems a threat. It could be a neighbour, a relative, or worse, little kids.
So choose your breed wisely, and then train them efficiently. Here are some of the dogs that you can look at -
1- German Shepherd
Possibly one of the best choices when it comes to guard dogs, German Shepherds are great for protection, security, and as a fun family dog as well. They are large, muscular but also very gentle family pets. Plus, they are immensely courageous, so they are not afraid to put themselves out there to save a loved one. The only thing you must take care of that the dog is well bred and make sure the dog is coming from a healthy environment.
2 - Rottweiler
The Rottweiler is a classic guard dog. If it’s properly trained, the Rottweiler can actually turn out to be quite intelligent and confident and make for a great guard dog for all kinds of families. Additionally, they can perform almost all sorts of tasks with ease, such as herding (in case you live up on a farm or a mountain area). Do remember though that some Rottweilers can have a natural suspicion of strangers and so need immense socialization as puppies, so that they are confident, and not just randomly barking at everyone out of fear.
3 - Bullmastiff
The Bullmastiff was originally a cross between Bulldog and Mastiff and were bred to hunt down poachers. Today, this dog can be both a homebody suited for families, and also an excellent guard dog when the need arises. They are very smart, confident, and always alert, making them best-in-class protectors. They should definitely be trained young, though, because it’s easier to handle their size when they are small.
4 - Boxer
A Boxer usually looks quite menacing, but is actually quite fun-loving, active and bright. It is also an extremely loyal breed, great with children, which makes them a superb candidate for a guard dog and a homebody as well. Bear in mind that they have quite high energy levels, so they’ll need a lot of exercise.
5- Great Dane
They are large dogs, like really large ones! However, they are surprisingly gentle and patient with children, make friends easily and most importantly, are extremely alert to unwanted changes in their surroundings. They are a great deterrent for unwanted visitors and their size and bark amply support their guard dog mannerisms.
Tips to keep your house from smelling like dog
Our furry friends might be super cute and cuddly, but their smell might not be.
Don’t get us wrong, but when you get used to living with pets, your nose is unable to pick up possible odour that your dog might be emanating. You basically become immune to those smells. However, have guests over and they will at once notice that your house smells an awful lot like a dog kennel.
Now having dogs does not mean you need to live with their smells, too. So, we got you some handy tips to keep your house from smelling like your pet.
Invest in an odour-resistant bed
One of the most important places that will definitely smell like your dog is their bed. However, now there are many pet beds in the market that have anti-microbial properties that resist odours. They are also easy-to-clean, and maintain, and will help you keep the air in your home fresh and clean too.
Use an air purifier
Air purifiers are not just great for humans, but also superb for cutting down allergies and odour in the house. Most air purifiers have a filter that will trap a majority of airborne particles and you can use it with or without air fresheners. This will keep away dust and also any bad smell.
Clean your pet’s belongings thoroughly
Use gentle cleaning products to clean anything that belongs to your pup or dog. Which means their beds, any clothes, and especially their collars and leash. The collar and leash are items that are overlooked, and actually get extremely smelly considering how they are the items that are always s on your dogs. If you have an active dog that likes to roll around in mud, definitely remember to clean their collars more frequently.
Wash all your linens, fabrics and carpets
Any of the above listed things your dog comes in contact with – just wash it. The first ones are beds and rugs that they usually occupy in your house. If your dog sleeps with you then you might even have to wash your bedcover more frequently than usual. And if they sit on your couch, make sure you get that dry cleaned at least once in two to three months. More importantly, wash your carpets. They soak up pet dandruff, hair and other kinds of odour, which can make your house smell really bad.
Clean your dog
This is possibly the most important tip that you need to keep in mind. You can clean everything, but if your dog isn’t clean, there is no point in doing any of the above. Use waterless shampoo and bath wipes which will help keep them smelling nice between baths.
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