This book begins by looking at the various guarding duties which a dog might be expected to fill. At one end of the spectrum a dog might be required merely to warn his owner of the approach of a visitor, but at the other extreme he might have to protect to the limit of his ability. The author advises on the selection of dogs for particular roles, taking into account breed characteristic and individual temperaments. The legal and moral responsibilities of owning, employing or breeding guard dogs are discussed in full, giving details of the relevant acts of Parliament (British edition.) The greater part of the book is given over to the practicalities of training dogs for various guard dog activities, from simple watch dog duties to full protection work. The author's aim in writing on this sensitive subject has been twofold: firstly to discourage the unwary from creating an uncontrollable canine monster; and secondly to give others a sense of responsibility and the knowledge to achieve the correct degree of involvement from the dog.