The word “Bandog” or “Bandogge” is mostly used as the generic name for any bulldog mastiff breed and specialized Bandog training programs exist in order to help owners receive some control over this aggressive dog breed. The Bandogge is a thick and muscular dog with a very athletic look, with colors ranging from black brindle to pure black, red, and tawny. The Bandog is very dog-aggressive and this is one of the main characteristics that dog trainers work on. This is why, if you are not an experienced dog trainer or owner, you should leave Bandog training to a professional.
The main role of the dogs in this breed is as protection dogs – and they are excellent at it. If you have a property to protect, this is the dog breed to choose! However, Bandog training that is focused on property protection should also include some socialization, otherwise the dog will turn into a vicious beast that is an excellent guardian but is also potentially dangerous for anyone that approaches it, sometimes even for the owner. Another set of issues arises when you are training your Bandog as a house pet. It will take a lot of time to ensure the loyalty of this dog, as well as to be able to trust the dog not to bite or start fights when other dogs are passing by. However, many dogs in this breed were brought up to be gentle protectors – they can be great with other pets and children as well, if proper training is carried out even from the earliest life stages of the pup.
Basic commands for Bandog training
You have to teach your dog to respond when you call his name. This is especially important in Bandogge training, as you want to make sure the dog will come when called if a potentially dangerous situation is about to happen. This command is especially useful when used with the “stay” or “sit” command. Most people who like to take their dogs for walks without a leash should consider training their dog this command to perfection.
This command will stop your dog from jumping on someone, running out a door, leaping at another dog, chasing other pets or wildlife and so on. Try to reward your dog and play with him once he masters this command. The SIT command is also essential when you wish to go into a store and you leave your dog in the car or even outside. Try to test the strength of the command – ask the dog to sit and then present him with an opportunity to break the command. Only do this when the COME command is working, as you will want to be able to get your dog back from any situation.
This command is even easier to teach, because you can suggest your dog what the movement is like. Similar to the SIT command, you should teach your Bandogge to lay down as a form of protection both for the dog and any potential problem pets or humans. Although this command is not very frequent with many of the milder dog breeds, Bandog training programs almost always include it in their schedule.
A command useful for when your dog is doing something you want to get stopped. Munching on slippers or chasing a cat – these are actions you should use the LEAVE IT command for.
This signals the end of either the STAY or the DOWN commands. Try to practice these commands first during your Bandog training program, but, as with other dogs, make sure the puppy or young adult doesn’t get bored with a repetitive training program.