Archive for the ‘Protection dogs’ Category

Bonding with Your New Protection Dog

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022
Bonding is one of the most important, yet overlooked parts of owning a dog. Unless an owner is properly bonded with their dog, then their relationship will never be as good as it can be. Bonding sets the foundation for a strong relationship, and in the case of working dogs trust between owner and animal. While bonding should occur naturally if a dog is being handled and looked after well, it is still worth giving this matter some thought rather than take it for granted. As dogs learn associatively, the first responsibility on owners when facilitating bonding is to ensure that their dog associates them with positive experiences. Put more simply, if your dog expects good things when it comes into contact with you, then it is far more likely to like you and enjoy spending time in your company. A very simple bonding exercise is calling your dog over to you, and when they respond rewarding them with a favourite treat or toy. It is very important that you never call your dog to punish it, as there is a risk it will subsequently associate hearing its name with receiving a punishment. Training and working your dogs are excellent long-term ways of developing a bond, especially if your dog has a specific role such as protection and guarding. We often advise customers on long-term training programmes as part of our aftercare offer, and are happy to do so with a view towards promoting bonding. To find out more, please DM us on any of our social media accounts.

Should I Train My Own Protection Dog?

Monday, August 8th, 2022

One of the most common questions were receive both via email and social media is for advice on how people can train their own protection dog. Our advice will always be the same: training protection dogs requires high levels of skill and experience and should only be attempted by professionals. Amateur attempts at this kind of training can be dangerous for both dogs and humans, so are never a good idea.

It is often assumed that protection dog training is centred on a bite and release when in reality this is only a small part of our work. Before we can even consider training a dog in bitework, it must first have passed rigorous temperamental assessments, reached high levels of obedience, and been well-conditioned to a range of environments and stimuli. Without these, the value of any bitework training and capability development are at best questionable.

Protection dog training involving bitework is often dangerous, and requires a high level of skill to conduct safely. The trainer wearing a bite suit or sleeve is, perhaps surprisingly, more important in this process than the handler. Mistakes on their part can result in the undoing of months of hard work and severe injuries, both to them and a protection dog. Rather than taking chances, it is always better to leave protection dog training to experts such as ourselves.

Protection dog owners can still undertake much of their own training which would be common to any and all dogs, though. Anybody can safely conduct basic obedience training with minimal professional input, and the global pandemic has proven that this is eminently possible virtually with tools such as apps and Zoom. While there are certainly some types of training you should never undertake yourselves, there is still much that can be safely achieved.

Giant Schnauzers as protection dogs – Protection Dogs Worldwide

Monday, August 8th, 2022
The Giant Schnauzer is a rare, but highly effective breed we use for family protection work. Originating in Germany, the Giant Schnauzer was developed as a general purpose farm dog and intended to guard property, protect livestock, herding, and vermin control. Their versatility demanded high levels of intelligence which translates into the breed being very trainable and able to fulfil a variety of working roles to the present day. Although seldom found in modern working circles, the Giant Schnauzer is able to undertake protection work alongside more common breeds including the German Shepherd Dog, Dobermann, Rottweiler, Cane Corso, and Malinois Belgian Shepherd. At Protection Dogs Worldwide, we have seen Giant Schnauzers demonstrate exemplary obedience, courage, and trainability as well as remarkable levels of friendliness and playfulness with children. When considered with their hypoallergenic coat, the Giant Schnauzer is perhaps the ideal family protection dog. Giant Schnauzers need semi-regular grooming, but not as often as German Shepherd Dogs. Because of their size, they can be prone to suffering from hip and elbow dysplasia so should be carefully monitored for these conditions. Broadly speaking, though, they are a relatively healthy and have not suffered from poor breeding the same way that show-line German Shepherds and Rottweilers have. If you are interested in purchasing one of our trained Giant Schnauzer family protection dogs, please email [email protected] or DM us on any of our social media feeds.

The best protection dogs

Monday, August 8th, 2022
In a crowded marketplace where social media often dictates customer preferences, it is worth considering what makes the best protection dogs. At Protection Dogs Worldwide, we believe that we have developed a winning formula which we would like to share to help inform potential customers’ decisions. Most importantly, we believe that the best protection dogs are balanced animals and demonstrate the correct levels of temperamental stability. This will always trump factors such as breed or size. There is an increasing tendency for dealers and breeders to overly focus on single distinguishing physical features such as size or colouration. While this may be popular with consumers, it tends to lead to a proliferation of unhealthy and poorly bred dogs who suffer from a range of conditions such as hip dysplasia, cardiomyopathy, and untenably high levels of nerve and anxiety. Part of our commitment to training and selling the best protection dogs entails carefully screening all puppies we consider taking on to ensure they temperamentally suitable, and this is not an area we ever have or ever will compromise on. Diverse, realistic, and relevant training is also important when considering what makes the best protection dogs. Although common, only training to bite a decoy wearing an obvious pad on the same arm in the same sterile environment without distractions does not make for an effective protection dog. Instead, training should replicate the environments and scenarios a dog is most likely to face. They should also be conditioned to stimuli such as crowded public spaces, other animals, and home appliances, especially during the early stages of puppyhood. Protection Dogs Worldwide has always taken this view, and as such we firmly believe that our dogs are some of the best prepared for real protection work in the real world once they have joined their families. The best protection dogs of all have their training carefully tailored to their future families and settings. While not part of our standard offer, this is a premium service we offer to customers seeking a more bespoke “Elite” dog. Our “Elite” offering allows us to match your protection dog and its capabilities to your family, home, and lifestyle to the highest levels possible. No detail is overlooked with our “Elite” dogs, and our commitment to them and their owners continues well after purchase.

How to be a More Responsible Dog Owner

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

Dog ownership is often a wonderful experience, but it is one that comes with a number of responsibilities. Responsible dog ownership does not need to be a chore, especially when proper guidelines for doing so have been laid out.

At a most basic level, responsible owners will ensure that their dog’s needs are met. “The Five Freedoms” are a globally recognised set of principles on animal welfare, and are likely the best and easiest starting point. They are:

 

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Freedom from pain
  • Freedom to express natural behaviours
  • Freedom from fear and distress
 

The Five Freedoms are an excellent starting point for all animal owners, and break down dogs’ complex care needs into an easy to understand formula. In a home environment, this means that your dog should have regular access to food and water, veterinary treatment, prevented from feeling or distress wherever possible, and allowed to be a dog.

Responsible ownership follows outside of your home too. All dogs should be microchipped with your contact details in the event that they become lost, and wear a collar with a tag showing your mobile phone number. Dogs should only be allowed off-lead in public if they have reliable recall, and are friendly with other dogs and humans.

Training can go a long way in promoting the highest quality of life possible for your dog. Effective training offers a range of benefits including helping your dog better conform to you and your lifestyle, keeping it mentally engaged, and increasing trust and bonding. Little training often is usually the best approach, and can offer remarkable results if provided consistently over a prolonged period of time.

What is Schutzhund?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

Schutzhund is a popular protection dog sport with adherents around the world. Originally developed in Germany to test whether or not German Shepherd Dogs could be put to work in police settings, it has become the sporting gold standard for what a working protection dog can be. Officially Schutzhund is known as IGP, with one of its previous names being IPO.

All dogs can participate in Schutzhund, but the sport has historically been dominated by German, Belgian, and Dutch Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermanns, and Mastiff-type breeds. It should be stressed that temperament is more important than breed, and even some surprising breeds have successfully competed in this sport.

Schutzhund has three parts, each of which are individually scored. They are tracking, obedience, and protection. Each part must be passed if a dog and its handler are to be awarded a title. Even before formally competing, prospective dogs must pass an initial screening test known as “BH-VT”. Schutzhund attempts to set the standard for what protection dogs can be at the highest levels, and is not a sport to be casually undertaken. It can be very rewarding, but demands significant work and commitment from handler and dog alike.

While we respect the value and following of Schutzhund, it must be noted that sports and family protection dogs work very differently. Sports dogs train to perform to a very specific standard in a ring, and this is their primary reason to exist. In contrast to this, family protection dogs need to live in home settings and meet real world threats and challenges. A sports dog could theoretically protect on demand, but would more often than not be difficult to live with.

Schutzhund is a fantastic sport and can be a useful form of enrichment, but is not a substitution for realistic protection training. If you would like to discuss bridging the gap between sports and protection training, we would be happy to hear from you.

How to Choose a Family Protection Dog

Monday, February 28th, 2022

Prospective clients and customers often ask us to help them when choosing a family protection dog. This may be their first dog, and it is a new experience for the whole family. Because of the number of dogs we hold, both individually and as breeds, the choice can seem overwhelming. However, this does not need to be the case.

Much like humans, dogs are individuals with personalities and characteristics that transcend breed. Irrespective of breed, we hold dogs that are or more or less friendly, playful, or relaxed. A dog’s personality is always more important than its breed, and our priority is matching a dog’s temperament with their ideal family. For example, if you have children, you may be interested in a dog which is more playful and outgoing than introverted. Given how well we know our dogs and their personalities, this is something we are happy and able to advise on.

Another practical consideration we often advise on is the extent to which a dog is likely to shed. Although almost all breeds shed to one degree or another, this will not be to the same extent. If you do not want a family protection dog that is a high-shedder, then a Cane Corso, Giant Schnauzer, or Dobermann would likely be the best option. The Belgian Malinois is somewhat of a shedder, but less so than a German Shepherd if you are happy for some kind of medium.

If you are interested in purchasing one of our dogs, please do not hesitate to contact us. A suitability assessment will always be conducted as part of any potential sale, and this will give you ample opportunity to choose the best suited family protection dog for you and your household.

Best Protection Dog Breeds

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

One of the most common questions we respond to is which breed makes the best protection dog. While potential owners are often looking for a single answer, this is not something we can readily offer. In our experience, several breeds make excellent protection dogs, but the best protection dog for each individual is more dependent on personal needs and dogs’ temperaments.

An important first step is establishing what makes a good protection dog. Although it is often assumed that aggression is necessary, this is not in fact the case. What humans perceive as aggression in dogs is actually more often than not nerve, and nervous dogs lack control and reliability. Far more important are temperamental stability, courage, and trainability. These three attributes are what separates an untrained guard dog from a high-performance family protection dog, and they cannot be understated.

The breeds we have found to possess these qualities have generally been the German Shepherd Dog, Malinois Belgian Shepherd, Cane Corso, Giant Schnauzer, Dobermann, and Rottweiler. Even then, individual dogs must be carefully screened at an early stage to establish whether or not they have the potential to complete family protection dog training. Genetic issues such as predispositions towards anxiety and low work drives should be avoided, and this is not an area we can compromise on. Occasionally, find individual dogs from other breeds who may be appropriate, but these are somewhat rarer and usually require far more work before they reach the standard we require.

Finding the best protection dogs is an ongoing process for us, and one we refuse to take shortcuts on. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What do Security Dogs Do?

Monday, January 10th, 2022

Security dogs fulfil a range of functions including guarding, personal and family protection, and search and detection. There may be overlap between these roles, but they can also stand alone as discrete entities.

Technically speaking, any breed can be used to work as a guard dog. Guard dogs work independently, that is without a handler controlling them. They are often left alone in particular areas to act as a deterrent against would-be intruders and attackers. Rather than physically intervening to bite and apprehend an intruder, they are more likely to bark and attract attention to whatever is happening. This does not require specific training, and reactive dogs often do well in such roles. Perhaps surprisingly, common guard dogs include small companion breeds such as the Chihuahua and Pomeranian who are generally stereotyped as being “yappy”. Also common are mastiff-types and German Shepherd Dogs. It is often irresponsible to use a guard dog, especially without supervision. One should always be fully in control of their dog as this is a minimum level of responsibility expected of all owners.

Personal and family protection dogs are trained and generally work off of commands from their handler and family members. Individual temperament is of paramount importance; these dogs must have a strong nerve and be totally reliable. High levels of anxiety can prove dangerous and prevent a dog from acting as required in a given situation. Alert and closely bonded to its family, a personal protection dog can switch between acting as a guardian and companion at a moment’s notice. These are the kinds of dogs we specialize in training, and have been supplying to customers in North America for some time now.

Search and detection dogs are most commonly found in military or police settings, and are trained to identify the presence of people or specific substances such as narcotics or explosives. Gundogs are often used for such roles along with German, Dutch, and Belgian Shepherds. They do not need to be trained in bitework, and it is rare to find such dogs in family settings until after they have retired.

Best and Worst Protection Dog Breeds

Monday, January 10th, 2022

As the modern-day descendants of an apex predator, it is natural that dogs have retained wolves’ capacity to chase and bite. Through selective breeding and the development of breed standards, humans have been able to benefit from this and utilise dogs for a range of security taskings. A large number of breeds are now used for family and personal protection work, but some are more appropriate than others. This blog will offer an overview of the breeds commonly used for protection work, and aim to rank them from best to worst.

Perhaps the best breed for family protection work is the German Shepherd Dog. With pastoral roots and traditional responsibilities for herding and guarding livestock, its intelligence, work drive, and courage make it highly versatile. The German Shepherd Dog also has an “off switch”, so while highly driven is equally comfortable relaxing in home environments and enjoying the same kind of life a family companion would. The strong bonds they form with their families make them legendarily loyal, and they are perhaps our favourite breed to work with.

Also popular is the Dobermann. Another German breed which was originally developed by a tax-collector who sought a protection dog to accompany him in his unpopular line of work, it has proved popular and successful. Intelligence and courageous but playful, Dobermanns are a capable deterrent against would-be intruders and attackers, but known for being good with children as well. Temperamentally balanced working Dobermanns are becoming somewhat of a rarity, but the ones we select are truly outstanding.

<p>Other good breeds for this line of work are Rottweilers, Cane Corsos, Giant Schnauzers, and occasional Belgian Shepherds. They are all driven and intelligent enough to receive high-level training, but balance this with protectiveness and affection to allow them to thrive in family settings. Individual traits are most important, but breed is a good designator of how effective a protection dog is likely to be.

An alarming trend we are increasingly noticing is the use of large livestock guardian dogs such as the Anatolian Shepherd and Tibetan Mastiff as personal protection dogs. It is true that such breeds are formidable and intimidating, but they are very poorly suited to personal and family protection work. These kinds of dogs were bred to be most comfortable in outdoor settings, ideally with herds of livestock. This generally makes them poorly suited to the everyday home settings personal and family protection dogs spend their time in. Also common but misunderstood and poor are pitbull-type dogs. Pitbulls and similar breeds may have been bred to fight, but they also inherently good with and friendly towards humans. The American Kennel Club describes the American Staffordshire Terrier as “good-natured” and affectionate to the point of “lovey-dovey”. Pitbull-type dogs’ reputations for ferocity are misplaced. While they can be trained for protection and bitework, they are often too friendly to be effective protectors.

How to Help Your New Protection Dog Settle Into Your Home

Thursday, October 28th, 2021
Bringing a new dog home is an exciting time for everyone. However, it can also be daunting, especially if they are your first dog. Here are some tips we have found that helped many of our clients when handing over new family protection dogs to them:
  1. When your new dog arrives in your home, try not to expect too much from it. Dogs can take up to a few weeks to acclimatise to their new surroundings, handler, and routines. Even the best protection dogs need to get used to their new home and family before their training can come into play
  2. Although we will have taken it through extensive protection dog training, it is very important to allow your new pet to be a dog. Regular play, bonding over mealtimes, and walks in the areas surrounding your home are all critical in its first weeks with you. This will help it build its relationship with its new family
  3. Try to avoid confusing your family protection dog for a guard dog. Guard dogs work independently without the direction of a handler, and are often left alone to deter intruders from entering certain sites. Protection dogs always work with and through their handlers. This requires very different approaches to care and husbandry, so we strongly recommend spending as much time with your protection dog as possible to develop a fulsome relationship
  4. Dogs need physical as well as mental stimulation, especially working breeds such as the ones Protection Dogs Worldwide supplies clients with. This is relatively easily provided. Our top tips are allowing your dog to sniff as much as like when on walks, and undertaking scent work training such as tracking or trailing
  5. Ensure that your dog is offered a high-quality feed and has access to water at all times. It is also very important not to exercise your dog an hour before and an hour after feeding. This can lead to a twisted gut which is often fatal. We also recommend using a spiralled slow-feeder to prevent your dog from eating too quickly
We always conduct a full handover when delivering any of our dogs. For more advice about helping a new protection dog settle into your home, please email or DM us on any of our social media accounts.

Czech German Shepherd Dogs

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

The German Shepherd Dog is an extremely popular breed, especially in working circles. Breeders have developed multiple “lines” for both show and working purposes. One of which is the ever popular “Czech” German Shepherd.

Czech German Shepherds were bred and developed in then Czechoslovakia during the 1950s, primarily using East German working bloodlines. Their breeders’ objective was to produce a working dog which accentuated the best of the German Shepherd Dog’s characteristics. Their success is proven by how over sixty years later, Czech German Shepherds are still widely employed in protection, police, and military roles.

Temperamentally, the Czech German Shepherd is relatively similar to its antecedent. It has a high work drive, is courageous, and readily takes to all sorts of training. Aesthetically, they can be slightly smaller and lighter-framed, and generally have sable rather than black and tan coats. Other colour variants are present, but sable and sable-mixed coats are most common.

Protection Dogs Worldwide is one the country’s leading elite family protection dog trainers and suppliers. We are able to import European Czech German Shepherds, and make several trips a year to the US. To find out more or discuss how we can help you obtain a Czech German Shepherd, please email or DM us on any of our social media accounts.

Which Breeds Make the Best Protection Dogs?

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

As hunters with a natural tendency to form strong bonds and protective instincts, dogs have clear potential for security work. Over thousands of years, hundreds of different breeds have been developed, many for the specific purposes of guarding and protection. This blog will offer an overview of the breeds we consider best suited for family protection dog, as well as why this is the case.

The German Shepherd Dog is perhaps the classic and ultimate family protection dog. Courageous, intelligent, and fiercely loyal, it possesses all the attributes we look for. German Shepherd Dogs are highly trainable, so are able to adapt to multiple scenarios and settings. Given the strong bonds they form with their owners, they are also excellent with children.

The Malinois Belgian Shepherd is another good breed for family protection work. In fact, the Malinois is perhaps the best police and military working dog. The Malinois shares many of the same attributes as a German Shepherd Dog, but has a fawn coat, is smaller and more lightly built, and is slightly more energetic. It is found employed in security and protection work across the world, and its reputation for reliability is legendary. A true working breed, it thrives when it has a job.

Rottweilers are also excellent family protection dogs. Courageous and renowned for their guardianship prowess, their reputation alone is often enough to deter would-be attackers and intruders. The Dobermann has a similar profile. Both breeds are formidable, yet playful and deeply value time with their family. This makes them particularly suitable for homes with children.

The Cane Corso and Giant Schnazuer are two other breeds that we have found make the best protection dogs. Both combine size, intelligence, trainability, and protective instincts to provide the characteristics we are looking for. Certain other breeds are known for protection work, but are hard to find with the required temperamental stability. Poor breeding has reduced their capacity for protection work, and it is the aforementioned breeds who can be best relied on.

Rottweiler Guard Dog for Sale | Fully Trained Protection Dog

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Why Rottweilers?

Rottweilers are one of the most popular dog breeds used for protection and guarding work. Originating in Germany, they are formidable guardians, and a breed we love working with. Here are five reasons why Rottweilers are one of the best breeds for family protection work:

1. Rottweilers were bred to protect. Developed as a guard dog, early Rottweilers shepherded cattle to and from markets. They were also responsible for looking after money which was traditionally strapped around their necks. To this day, Rottweilers are often aversive to being touched around their necks

2.Rottweilers are intelligent and highly trainable. A true working breed, they love to have a job and purpose meaning they readily take to all sorts of training. Incentive-based training works best with Rottweilers

3. Rottweilers love human company. As a member of the mastiff family, Rottweilers are bond strongly with their owners and are often known as “velcro” dogs because of their legendary loyalty. A Rottweiler will be a friend for life

4. Rottweilers act as a powerful deterrent. Their size and reputation are often enough to deter would-be intruders and attackers. With the strongest bite force of any dog, they are a force to be reckoned with

5. Rottweilers are highly adaptable. While originally bred to guard and herd cattle, they have excelled as family protection dogs and companions ever since. We have bridged that gap, and can provide you with some of the best family protection Rottweilers in the US