2 January, 2023

Training Standards for Protection Dogs

Rigorous training underpins everything we do at Protection Dogs Worldwide. Whatever its natural temperament, an untrained dog should not be relied on for family or personal protection. Our training standards are high but considered, and ultimately work towards creating the ultimate family or personal protection dog. The highest standard of obedience is the foundation of everything we do and seek to achieve. If a dog is not fully obedient, then we do not believe that it can progress to more complex training such as protection work. A family or personal protection dog needs to be relied upon to follow its

22 December, 2022

Different Types of German Shepherds

The German Shepherd is one of the most popular dog breeds across the world. It is an intelligent, versatile, and deeply loving and loyal dog. It has proven itself as an equally effective guardian, service dog, and companion and will always be beloved by many. The German Shepherd is a surprisingly diverse breed, and presents in a number of varieties. This blog will provide a breakdown of the most common German Shepherd variants, and explain what this might mean for current or prospective owners. Broadly speaking, there are two types of German Shepherds: working and show-line dogs. Working dogs were

2 December, 2022

Exercising Your Protection Dog

All dogs should be exercised regularly, ideally twice a day. In the UK, the most common way to exercise a dog is to take them for one or two walks a day, more often than not on a lead or free running them in a park or some other open space. These are good ways to exercise a dog, but far from the only options. Exercise is so beneficial and important to all dogs that it cannot be neglected. As protection dogs are almost by default more active and energetic than a usual pet, their individual need for exercise will

30 August, 2022

Nutrition for Puppies

Puppies have unique nutritional needs which are often poorly understood by dog owners. This is due to the fact that they undergo periods of extreme growth in relatively short time periods. This creates an increased calorific demand on a young dog, but if mistimed can lead to overfeeding and obesity. Different breeds mature and grow at different paces, and a German Shepherd or Dobermann will develop at a much faster pace than a Cane Corso or other mastiff-type dog. This will have nutritional implications, so owners should pay close attention to their puppies during key growth periods. Owners may consider

23 August, 2022

What Breed of Protection Dog Should I Get?

While some customers come to us knowing which breed of protection dog they want, this is not always the case. Many customers enter the process of buying a protection dog having never owned any kind of pet before, so are open to the possibility of any breed we offer. The first question customers should ask in such instances is what are their particular needs? Do they have young children which means they need to be at home more, or are they single and more active? Do they have allergies to breeds which shed? Apart from protection, do they have any

18 August, 2022

Common Breeds for Protection Work

Dogs have always been used for protective and guarding purposes. The wolf’s formidable bite was harnessed from its first domestications, and has remained in use since. A number of breeds are used today for protection work, some of which are more suitable than others for different settings. Perhaps the best, most common, and most versatile protection dog is the German Shepherd. It is highly intelligent, courageous, and loyal. Its remarkable trainability and work drive have established the German Shepherd as perhaps the world’s premier working dog breed. As such, it is found in military, police, and private security settings all

8 August, 2022

Giant Schnauzers as protection dogs – Protection Dogs Worldwide

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

22 April, 2022

Executive And Family Protection Dogs

Every week, we receive a significant number of emails and messages enquiring about executive protection, family protection, and personal protection dogs. Potential customers and clients often ask about the differences between these types of dogs. While they do exist, they are minimal and should not be overly read into. Ultimately, they are all slight variances on protection rather than guard classifications. Guard dogs work without a handler and are generally left at a site without any supervision. In contrast to this, protection dogs are highly trained and work directly through a dedicated handler. By default, a personal protection dog is

2 March, 2022

How to be a More Responsible Dog Owner

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

2 March, 2022

What is Schutzhund?

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

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