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What is Protection Dogs Breeds Training?

Updated on July 18, 2011

Protection and Dogs

Due to their genetic make up, dogs have been molded to serve many purposes over the thousands of years of domestication. Many have been used for hunting, retrieving, protection, guarding and herding. When Industrialization transformed the world, only then did the dog become a pet or family member that didn't have a job.

Most dogs stayed outside in kennels, chained up or in the back yard - that is unless you were rich enough to have a fence. Smaller breeds of dogs also had their purposes as watch dogs, foot warmers and pets.

When a man has built up a fortune many men want to take it through theft or force. But the ever faithful dog will protect his masters property. Even laying down his life to do so.

Protection Dogs Breeds

Presa Canario, Doberman, Akita, Rottweiler, Filas Brasilero – Brazilian Mastiff, Belgian Shepherd Dog, Cane Corso, Tosa Inu Neapolitan Mastiff, South African Boerboel, Dofue de Bordeaux – French Mastiff, American Bulldog, Ca de Bou, Bouvier des Flanders, Faint Schnauzer and Thai Ridgeback

Dog Protection Training

The dog breeds listed above are excellent guard dogs without training. Dog protection training begins when you select your puppy. Make sure you have a professional that is used to training a protection dog with you. Under his expert eyes he can help you select a good pup to mold into a perfect protection companion.

You must socialize your puppy. The pup must have lots of different experiences with strangers, animals and situations. You also must obedience train him. He must listen to you. Then you must look into family protection dog training.

They will take you through many steps that help you gain control of your dog.

Personal Protection Dog Training

Personal protection dog training is where you learn how to train your dog for protection work. This is fun for your dog as he learns how to protect you and your family through training. The decoy holds the sleeve and teases the dog until he bites him. The owner then praises his dog. The master is never the bad guy.

The dog is taught how to listen to his master and follow commands. He's taught how to control his bite and always be aware of what the bad guy is doing. If the decoy switches a weapon to his other hand or tries to kick him then the dog bites that hand or leg.

The dog is placed in many different situations where the bad guy appears. This tests what the dog knows.

By the time training is complete, you will have a dog that will protect you and is safe to take him out into public.

Schutzhund Training

A protection dog must have a high degree of obeidance training. Dogs used in protection must obey their owners without question.

The Schutzhaund is a German created performance sport that tests your dogs workability and temperament. It was designed for German Shepherds but other breeds can join. This tests everything about the dog and it must listen to the owner.

The Schutzhaund focuses on Obedience, Tracking and Protection.

Protection dogs require a lot of work, patience, firmness and time.

Insurance and other factors of owning a protection dog

Dogs that are trained in protection are considered by many municipalities like a loaded gun.

Many insurance companies won't insure a home with a protection dog in it. Also there are dog breeds that they won't insure either.

The risks of owning a protection dog are that the dog may perceive a screaming child as a threat to its family and attack. Or any type of inadvertent movement towards its owner that it believes is aggressive.

Most families don't need a protection-trained dog. They only need a loyal and alert pet that will warn them of trouble.

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      Joseph Davis 

      7 years ago from Florida

      good hub, well written. Too few dog owners put the effort into their dog to get a good companion.

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