I am new here, I am a 35 year old Male that owns a purebred large (larger than normal) 2 year old Male (undesexed) Labradore, Golden in colour. He has an AMAZING temperment, he has extremely strong prey drive, and even stronger food drive. He is very socialized with humans, including older children and teenagers. He has not known fears or phobias, but he is a resource guarder with his food.
I used to be of the opinion that dogs should be just left to be dogs, and people that excessively train dogs, are control freaks trying to supress the natural nature of their dogs to turn them into slave robots... However my opinions have changed.
I now see great value in training a dog, and learning about its psychology and handling.
Indeed many things I have been doing with my Labradore (some of which I still do), are not appropriate according to the professionals I have researched.... Letting a dog up on furniture/ on the bed, and various other things is a big no no in their eyes, though they tend to train dogs with more potential for aggression. My dog is assertive, but not very aggressive, though I do believe if he truly percieves something is his enemy (he considers humans his friends) that he IS capable of attacking. I believe he is capable of attacking if somebody took his food.
I don't walk my dog (I only recieved him at 1 years of age, he had been roughed up a great deal by the previous owners). The reason I don't walk the dog, is he is UNCONTROLLABLE on a leesh. He goes INSANE when you try to take him for a walk. He pulls with MAXIMUM strength the entire walk. I have patiently tried to teach him but have failed, I have also have other people who have trained dogs try and fail. I have stopped walking him, because I was using a choke collar, and it makes NO DIFFERENCE whatsoever. From reading what I have read, I am worried it could hurt his neck.
The other day, I was given a teddy bear. A few minutes later, I hear my dog growling the most aggressive growl he is capable, he was on the absolute verge of attacking. I go in, and he is locked into a stare with the teddy bear, perhaps I shouldn't have, but I decided to let him have it, and he immediately proceeded to rip it to pieces, violently shaking his head from side to side when it was in his mouth! Its severed head (lol sorry for the graphic langauge) drives the dog insane any time he sees it, though he doesn't growl, he tries to jump up and do anything in his power to get it!
I am interested in a couple of years of getting a guard dog, that is fully capable of attacting, however not until I have massively improved my dog handling and training abilities. The reason I want a guard dog is that I have a passion for such a highly trained dog, I have serious enemies, I live in the roughest suburb in South Australia, and barking is obviously not enough to stop some intruders- the only thing that will stop them is attack. I have lived here 4 months, and I have already have one house break in, and the house next door was broken into. Also when my house was broken into, the dog was lured out with bait, somebody picked it up and took it home- I was lucky to get the dog back. The Labradore as it is, is not suitable as a guard dog, it will bark, but I simply can't see it attacking a human even if it was warranted. Please note that I would never use an attack dog on a human, unless my life was in absolute danger, and I gave warning. I was the victim of a stabbing during a home invasion 17 years ago, so I don't really care for people that think that dogs should never be taught to attack.