Protection training your dog unless your a professional, is just a bad idea. It’s the wanna be tough guys, that usually want this type of dog training. They want an animal to do what they cant do, intimidate someone.
For those of you worried about criminals breaking into your home, all you need is a dog. Just about any dog will do. Even if you happen to have a little dog, when they hear something they will start yapping like the little maniacs they are. Your dogs barking draws attention, that is something thieves don’t like and will try to avoid at all costs. Now if you have a medium size or big dog, their barks are pretty similar in sound. Thieves, when it comes to dogs are just like most people they are afraid of them.
Protection training a dog for your home is an accident waiting to happen, you must constantly work these animals. If you get sloppy with your training there is a high probability of someone in your home, getting bitten by this dog. And when you do get sued, if the opposing attorneys find out your dog was protection trained, boy your gonna be in some deep shit.
Back in the nineties, I learned how to do protection training from an retired U.S. Army K-9 corps specialist (Vietnam Veteran). At the time I was rehabbing and re-homing dogs for three different German Shepherd rescues, two in New York and one in Jersey. I lost count of how many dogs where coming into rescue protection trained, this is how I know it’s a really bad idea this type of training for your pet.
I knew that for me to be able to teach these dogs to stop going after people, I would have to learn the nuances of protection training. Call it what you like desensitizing, reprogramming or breaking they all mean the same dam thing, ” Stop doing that”. It’s actually a pretty easy process to retrain these dogs, the hard part is finding a suitable home where the adopters actually know dogs. Fortunately most of these guys found homes, with great dog people.
There are a lot of men out there, that if they see a law enforcement or military K9 dog on TV, going through their paces they will think to themselves, “I gotta get me a dog like that”. Ladies, if you have a boyfriend or husband who comes to you one day and says, “Honey, why don’t we get a German Shepherd”. I don’t care what you have to do, make sure he doesn’t get one. Same thing goes for your son, if he asks for a big dog.
You do not need a protection trained dog to be safe. If you do worry about your safety, all you need is a decent size dog. A dog is a great deterrence, to ward off potential criminals.
The following are some pictures of Elliot, a coated or long haired German Shepherd that I modified and eliminated the protection training he had.