Many people who are lucky enough to have grand estates with sprawling grounds also think that guard dogs are a way to deter prospective intruders. Well, this idea is right and wrong – right in that “man’s best friend” can do some good when it comes to unwanted visitors but wrong in that a dog commands a lot of responsibility with it. Before you or anyone you know goes out to get a Doberman or a German Shepherd, you must realize that owning a dog (and particularly a large dog) is like having a 2 year….a 2 year who can live for 15 or 16 years. Beyond the normal, feeding and ensuring fresh water, did you know that dogs need to be taken for walks approximately every 8 hours? Did you know that even if you have a large yard, a dog can get bored and become destructive without these walks? Did you know that training a dog can take several months of consistent and accurate instruction?
Only people who really have the time, energy, and commitment to take on a responsibility (and new family member) of a dog should adopt one. If you are only interested in owning a dog for their security purposes, you should think again! Alarms, motion-detectors, locked windows & doors, good neighbors can all help you towards securing your home…and they don’t require babysitting every time you go on vacation!
Have you known anyone who’s owned a guard dog before? Where I live they are VERY common and many times the dog do not get the care nor the love that they deserve. Think of a dog as a “furry child” and you won’t be so anxious to take on a responsibility that you can’t handle.