The Art of Protection Dog Training
One very notable purpose of Protection Dog training is to improve a dog’s confidence and capability to defend its owner/family and/or environment/territory without let up.
Training, the WorldClass K-9 way, is fun and rewarding from start to finish for the dog and its owner(s). Many working breeds seem to naturally defend property and family but when pressure from a threat intensifies they tend to cower and submit. Protection dog training assures that a well-trained dog will effectively defend according to their capability no matter the extremity of the situation.
Protection training is laced with positive reinforcement as the foundation of the training. This develops conviction in a family protection companion. Once the proper level of self-assurance is established, a family protection companion understands their protective guardian-like role. The physical disposition of a “threat “ (size, strength, appearance, etc.) is not intimidating to a skilled canine protector trained by WorldClass K-9. Our trained protection companions are proofed in real life situations and can perform with confidence and reliability.
A protection canine companion is one of the best lines of defense against “threats”. Many resources are invested in adequately training a REAL Protection Dog. Certain requirements must be met.
To name a few:
- The right dog for this type of training must be carefully selected
- Drive must be advanced if needed, followed by bite development, then distractions are added
- Control work has to be executed to assure soundness and steadfastness in real life scenarios
Quality Protection Training is a very fulfilling but gravity filled process. The training is methodically carried out on a dog-by-dog and client-by-client basis. Being able to penetrate the mind of dog being trained to protect, defend, and/or guard while maintaining a balanced temperament is a very delicate artistic balance. Here at WorldClass K-9, we are mastering the art!
In order to be successful at the art of producing an authentic family/personal protection dog, one must understand firstly how to build a civil canine. A civil canine should be fearless of man despite any pressure, pain, or distraction endured while protecting its owner/family.
Today, the Sports industry is promoting Sport dogs as protection dogs; however, there are numerous reasons why a Sport dog should not be classified or misconstrued as a genuine or bona fide protection dog. Listed are a few identifiers to protect yourself against fraudulent misrepresentation. No matter how optimized a companies websites maybe, how good there video production is, or how educated they may seem, all could prove to be very deceiving. Therefore, understanding how to test dogs before initiating a purchase can save you a lot of frustration, disappointment, time, and money.
- Handler training for focus heel with a ball or toy can create inherent threats. Why? Because a dog that intensely focuses on toys or balls can be dangerous to children who themselves play with toys and balls. To a dog of this disposition, toys become primary and protecting handler secondary. “Toy drive” becomes an obsession for the dog in a very similar way to being what is referred to as “cracked out”. The canine craves the “toy” and not the “threat”.
- If in a demonstration or video you witness a dog running off leash and hitting a decoy equipped with no other protective gear OTHER THAN a sleeve, MOST likely, it is not a protection dog that you are viewing. If a decoy feels safe allowing a dog to chase and bite what is presented to a dog ( arm, biceps, etc. ) then the dog is equipment focused or even target focused. A target-focused dog is taught to bite a particular part of the body (bicep bites are becoming more popular). Ask yourself, “Why would a bite need to be presented or “staged” for a well-trained protection dog?? Real protection dogs are not caught they catch (find there own bite). Remember, in a real life situation, one would flee or turn to fight but not turn and catch a dog.
- Agitation is used as another deceptive tactic. Many trainers demonstrate dog aggression by agitating the dog. At times, the dog is stimulated thru the use of a whip. Although this component of training is sometimes necessary it will not produce a complete protection dog. Certainly, more is required. Typically, a dog will bark aggressively if agitated and stimulated; nevertheless, a completed protection dog will bark aggressively upon command or upon the perception of a threat without the need for added stimulus. A protection dog will also engage if a person/handler/threat is standing completely still. Again, in a “real-life” scenario, who will present premeditated agitation to a dog? The most dangerous man can be one who is standing still and pointing a gun prepared to attack.
Many trainers themselves are not even aware of the notable distinctions or differences between a sport dog versus a real protection dog. The market is saturated with fraudulence and inexperience. Sport dog training can be entertaining, but is it a reliable form of training for an owner or family that needs added protection and has absorbed the financial investment associated with owning a real protection dog? Awareness is a key ingredient to success!
Due to a lack of awareness in many cases, buyers are purchasing Sport Dogs for protection at VERY HIGH PRICES. The prices are not justified because a Sports Dog IS NOT an adequately trained Protection Dog.
The question beckons, “What is the difference between a Sport Dog versus a REAL Protection Dog?” To start, Sport Dogs are trained or conditioned to focus on the reward or the toy rather than the “man”. Although equipment must be used in order to build a strong bite, learn how to fight with heavy distractions, and to gain an understanding of a dual battle; thereafter, the equipment should be put away and focus should transition to the “man” (civil).
In order to build a REAL Protection Dog muzzle work along with introductions to real life situations is essential! Muzzle work increases fight drive, teaches the dog to use its legs to tackle the threat, and aids with the development of the bite to ensure that the dog defends itself however warranted based on the training implemented.
Understanding the difference between Sport dogs and Protection dogs is vital because your life could be compromised due to a lack of qualified effective protection training.
“Toy drive” or “possession” is a typical trait of a Sport Dog. However, real Protection Dogs as a trait are man-focused.
Sports Dogs are a greater threat to individuals or families because of toy possession, which can lead to bodily harm or accidental bites. Whereas, Protection Dogs do not harbor the same possessive trait for items such as toys, balls, tugs and etc.
Sports Dogs also tend to be trained to concentrate their attention and their aggression towards the protective equipment used in sport dog training. This method serves to protect the decoy during training sessions (Schizund, “Bark & Hold”, etc). This is problematic because in REAL-LIFE situations a “THREAT” will not be wearing a sleeve. In contrast, a Real Protection dog, although a sleeve is used during training sessions, IS NOT sleeve-focused. The focus yet again is on the “man” NOT the equipment.
There exists many other distinctions between a Sports Dog and a Real Protection Dog; nevertheless, we wanted to educate you on a few of the more obvious differences.