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How To Teach A Dog To Attack On Command? Updated 2022

Have you ever seen a military trainer; who trains his troops? They teach them how to follow instructions, understand signals, and obey specific commands. This doesn’t happen overnight. It requires hours and hours of training.

Your dog can become your personal soldier; all it requires is proper training and guidance. Dogs are very loyal by nature, and they will follow your instruction and commands once adequately trained.

All you need to do is build a strong relationship with them. Because the stronger the bond, the more likely your dog is to obey your command.

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Dogs are known as one of the most friendly and loyal animals. And their friendly nature makes them distinctive from other animals. People love to have dogs as their pets, and they consider them partners.

The common perception of dogs is that they are pet animals that provide companionship. People often buy them for that purpose. They are mostly not aware of their other abilities. Other than just becoming your pet, dogs have a lot to offer, and all it requires is your attention and dedication.

Tell me, what if a thief or person with ill intentions enters your house late at night to rob or harm you in your own home. What would you like your dog to do? 

1. Let the intruder go in, possibly harm you and come out without making any noise?


2. Start barking, so the intruder leaves quickly and attack them if they try and harm you?

Most of us would love to have a dog that will protect our houses in our absence, and dogs have that ability. All they require is proper training and guidance.

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Man showing How to Teach a Dog to Attack on Command

6 Steps To Train Your Dog To Attack On Command.

1. Choose the right breed.

The first thing to do is select a breed of dog that can work as a guard dog. 

Not all dog breeds can perform this task. Some breeds are very aggressive by nature, and such breeds are suitable for this work. 

But if you have young kids, you need to balance it with a breed that is loyal to its owner but protective of intruders. ie, not just one that is aggressive.

Small dog breeds are considered good watchdogs, and larger dogs are good for guard duties. 

There is a difference between watchdogs and guard dogs. 

Watchdogs will bark whenever they see any suspicious activity, while guard dogs will attack whenever you command them.

2. Teach them basic dog commands. 

Start by giving them a basic command, like sit, walk, run, bark, and so on. And see how well they obey. Teaching basic commands is necessary because they learn to start taking your orders from here.

You may need the aid of a reputable dog trainer for these and the below tasks.

*The following is for information only there are many risks involved, and if you are not appropriately qualified and trained, you may become injured or cause injury to others*

3. Basic close contact attacking commands

After your dog starts taking your orders, place full-length gloves on your arms (the more padding, the better). This is a necessary safety precaution, which prevents injury.

  • Ask your dog to sit, tap him on his face again and again until he gets irritated and bites the glove. This is necessary to teach your dog; how to bite in anger.
  • As soon as your dog attacks the glove, loudly shout the word “attack” again and again. This will teach your dog to know when to bite on your command.

The basic step is now complete. Treat your dog to some good food. Praising your dog is very important. It will encourage him to accept your orders.

  • Now, repeat the basic attacking steps until your dog gets used to it and fully understands the meaning of the word “attack.”
  • It’s essential to make sure your dog also learns a sound that will signal him to stop.

4. Basic attacking commands from a distance

  • Stand at a short distance from your dog and shout the word “attack” to see if your dog obeys your command. 
  • Repeat this again on a few occasions, so your dog will be fully aware of your order.
  • Take a break, and reward your dog again. Rewarding your dog is very important after every lesson. It will tell your dog that he is doing things in the right way.
  • Now repeat this step a few times and observe your dog carefully and how he reacts to your command each time.
  • Again it’s essential to make sure the dog stops on your command with your chosen signal

5. Teach your dog to attack a dummy on command

  • After all this, the real action begins. Here you’ll teach your dog; how to attack an intruder or someone else using a large doll. Every time you say the word “attack,” show the dog the doll and place it away from the dog. 
  • At First, give him a direct signal and then say “attack .”Your dog might come towards you, but he should change his direction on seeing your pointed finger.
  • Make sure your dog respects your signal to stop the attack.

6. Test on a real person pretending to be an intruder.

  • Make sure your pretend intruder is not someone the dog is familiar with, and make sure they are well protected with padding all over their body.
  • If you have trained your dog well, in the above steps, when your pretend intruder enters the house, give your dog a command to attack and watch his reaction. He should attack on command but also stop on your order.
  • Repeat these activities on different occasions on different intruders. And don’t forget to treat your dog every time. Your dog should not only attack on your command but also stop on your command. These are fundamental basics that you should teach your dog. And I hope that these steps will come in handy.

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Final thoughts.

The bare fact that a dog is on the property or near you could be enough to discourage an intruder or someone that may want to bring you harm.

So for an ordinary person, watchdogs should be sufficient to discourage intruders.

But if you a worried about a worst-case scenario, it’s good to know that your dog is not just your pet but also your protector, and for that, you’ll need an attack dog. Choosing a breed used in military or police work will probably be a good choice.

A strong relationship and bond between yourself and your beloved dog form the foundations that will teach them to be your bodyguard.

Like any dog training, teaching them how to attack on command involves patience and step-by-step repetition. this process cannot be rushed.

Johni Barresto

Johni Barresto Is a father and animal lover. With a range of expertise in animal health, he decided to start Animal Heed. His passion is to share his knowledge to help animal owners worldwide. When not in front of his computer, he's out with his kids, teaching them the importance of animal care.

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