Family Home Protection Dogs
When it comes to Protection Dogs, every family dog has the potential to be a Protection dog.
A dog’s breed is not the soul determining factor when it comes to personal protection. A dog’s Breed is usually referenced by trainers when looking for certain characteristics to be used in training. Some Breeds are specifically known for having these traits or characteristics, commonly known as Drive. When it comes to Protection training; Prey and Defense are two characteristics or Drives needed to do this type of training. Certain Breeds are known for having these Drives, more so than other breeds.
There is one trait or characteristic that is commonly underestimated or over looked by most trainers and it’s the most important, the Protective instinct. The Protective instinct is a God giving natural instinct that every dog is blessed with. In the right environment and under the right circumstances this natural instinct can be appear, it can appear without any training what so ever. This instinct sparks and takes hold when the dog has a close bond to its family. Usually this dog lives inside the home with its family, watches TV with the family, sleeps in the kid’s room or on the couch. A dog in this environment will most likely have a very strong bond with its family and the Protective instinct very strong.
A dog that has this Protective instinct realized simply needs the training to show them what to do with it and how to use it. Similar to teaching someone a few self-defense moves. The average family dog should never be under estimated; size means nothing but heart means everything. I advise all of my clients to keep their dog inside because you never know; the smallest dog can be the mightiest dog of all.
When it comes to the actual training itself; dogs are tested usually about 1 or 1 ½ years of age to determine if the dog will be able to undergo this type of training or used to give the trainer an idea as to how much training will be needed to achieve Basic Bite proficiency. During the Test or Evaluation we are looking for two basic Drives, Prey Drive and Defense. Some dogs will not test well the first time out and that is okay. A good trainer will recognize this; along with the natural Protective instinct in the dog based on the overall relationship they have with their owners. Just because a dog tests poorly their first time out doesn’t mean they are done or washed out. I have successfully completed Protection training on dogs that other trainers have washed out because the trainer lacked the experience and The Know How.
Before a dog starts the actual Protection training the obedience training will need to be completed first. The owner will need to demonstrate that they have control of the dog. Once the obedience training is done, the Protection training can begin. I do not recommend you drop your dog off or leave your dog for this type of training to be done. I conduct training session for this type of training; training the dog and the owner at the same. This allows the owner to be involved in the training and more importantly the owner see’s first hand exactly what is being done to their dog. It is important to note; just because a dog crawls and barks does not mean they will protect you and just because a dog chases a guy in padded suit does not mean they will protect you.
At my facility I train dogs in basic and advanced obedience as well as Protection; but I also Breed Belgian Malinois Dutch Shepherds for working and family home protection. These are great family dogs; well socialized, tested and evaluated for stable temperament and working ability. Every puppy is absolutely guaranteed and was bred specifically for family protection. Each new dog owners receives a New Dog Orientation class plus discounted future training.
Jeff McCall, Master Trainer and Owner
The International K9 Foundation
2162 Hwy 98sw
Summit, MS 39666