Don’t Let an Aggressive Guard Dog In!

The best family protection dogs are friendly, not aggressive!

Countless people, often times children, become victims of severely disfiguring and traumatic dog bites from aggressive guard dogs. How do aggressive guard dogs differ from true personal protection dogs? Aggressive guard dogs are chosen for their ability to intimidate people, usually based on the dog’s aggressive reactions such as barking and showing teeth to human beings. These dogs are not stable, nor have they been given much (if any) formal training. While a dog with aggression issues might be a good way to scare away wanted or unwanted visitors, they will also be a liability and nuisance around the home. They lack the correct characteristics like proper temperament, socialization, genetics and training to make them functional protection dogs. Aggressive guard dogs are unpredictable and dangerous.

Why do people buy these kinds of guard dogs? Unfortunately, it’s much easier and cheaper to find a dog with the characteristics of an aggressive guard dog. Those who sell these types of dogs make a quick sale and aren’t concerned with how the dog will integrate into a family’s home. The dog’s energy level probably won’t match the buyer, and the dog won’t really do what it is expected to do. Dog aggression issues are often rooted in fear and insecurity. By contrast, our trained protection dogs are immensely confident and can back up their barking with skilled protection techniques. These dogs are better at making their owners and neighbors uneasy than they are of actually stopping a crime.

True professionals sell fully trained protection dogs that demonstrate the balance between protectiveness and companionship. Our dogs are social, well behaved, controlled, predictable, and only display aggression when it is asked of them. Once we’ve crafted a protection dog with these qualities, we turn our attention to the matching process. We find the dog that is right for each family situation and lifestyle, and these clients take delivery of a protector that they can feel excited to have around. Watch the delivery of Hans, a sable German Shepherd that we delivered to a family in Idaho. See the difference between an aggressive guard dog and a fully trained protection dog like Hans.

If you’re looking for a family guard dog, do your research. Learn as much as you can and talk to different people to get an idea of what you are looking for and what is available to you. Once you have narrowed down your list of sellers, write down any and all questions you have and contact each seller. Ask to see their training facility and speak to references. Anyone can put a website online and sell “personal protection dogs,” but offering a legitimate security solution is something else entirely. Find out which sellers are out to make a quick buck and which ones have the resources, facilities, equipment and experience to train these dogs.

At Protection Dogs Plus, we always encourage our clients to do their research. Our clients tend to be well informed- generally they’ve already been talking to 5 or more other protection dog trainers before discovering us. We show them our training facility, they get to meet our dogs, and they get to see the training first hand. Our dogs are backed by a full contract and warranty to ensure that you are not stuck with a dog you’re not happy with. We’re not a fly-by-night operation. We care about our clients, we care about our reputation and we care about our protection dogs. Once you’ve done other research, see our trained protection dogs for sale and contact us.

We’re Back from Buying Dogs for Protection Training

We’re fresh off a trip to Europe, but this was no vacation. In six days, we drove over 1,300 miles to 6 countries to test over 100 dogs. Of those dogs, we decided to take only a small handful into our protection dog training program. That’s a lower acceptance rate than Columbia and Harvard! It’s not that there’s any shortage of nice German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois in Europe, it’s just that the best personal protection dogs need to be well-rounded in everything- health, temperament and protection. We don’t train police dogs or military dogs, so it’s not enough for a dog to bite a sleeve or turn on aggressively. They need to be friendly and obedient, and they need to accept even a five year old as their master. Finding a dog with one or two exceptional qualities is easy, but finding one with all of them takes legwork.

We want to raise the best dogs for personal protection possible, so we’re highly selective about which dogs to bring back. At the same time, we realize that any dog we pick will be given months of our intensive training before going to a home. Great dogs aren’t born, they’re made, and we know how to make them great. To do this though, we need to start with a certain amount of raw talent. What are some of the things we’re looking for? We check for things like making sure they won’t back down from an aggressor, that they have tenacity, and that they are accepting of children and other dogs. Because our program is very physically demanding, we make sure that all of our dogs are healthy and in prime physical condition.

In Europe, we also seek and select dogs that fit client requests. If you’re interested in a different dog than our current protection dogs for sale, we can keep you in mind for our next trip. Contact us today to let us know what your needs are.

Military Working Dogs Still Classified as “Equipment”

By Dan Moore

Whether you own a protection dog, other working dog or just a pet dog, you can probably get behind the three tenets of the Canine Members of the Armed Service Act (H.R. 4103). The first part of the act would authorize the secretary of the appropriate military department to transport retiring military working dogs to the 341st Training Squadron or place them for adoption. Historically, military working dogs have been abandoned, given away or euthanized. The second part of the act would task the Secretary of Defense with providing a veterinary care system for retired military working dogs once the dogs are adopted. The final provision holds that military working dogs would be classified as members of the armed forces instead of “equipment,” and decorated/recognized for being killed in action or performing extraordinary acts in service of the country.

The act passed the House of Representatives and Senate, but it was appended to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013, which was signed into law at the end of 2012. Unfortunately, the entire resolution wasn’t left intact. The good news is that military working dogs will not be abandoned or given away overseas. Instead they will be transported back to the United States once their service is over, and veterinary care will be provided. The bad news is that these canine heroes will still not be classified as members of the armed forces, and instead will be considered “equipment” or “surplus equipment.”

Protection dog owners can tell you that their companions are more than guard dogs or security systems- they’re a member of the family. Handlers in the military will take comfort in knowing that their comrades will be cared for and not left behind after duty, but it seems wrong to ask so much of these dogs without considering them a part of the armed forces. There is a growing movement to remedy this issue, and we’ll be on the lookout for any developments with military working dogs, since we consider them close cousins to the dogs we train for family security.

Age, Breed and Sex: What Makes for the Best Personal Protection Dog?

When it comes to keeping yourself, your home, and your family safe, you want to find the best protection dog for your lifestyle. This is a big investment, and you’ll find no shortage of protection dogs for sale. So how do you know which dog is right for you?

We’re often asked, “Can’t any dog be trained for protection?” or, “Why do you pick German Shepherds? Why not a _________ instead?” There are plenty of dogs that may be capable of protection training, and plenty of opinions on what the best breed of dog for protection is. Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Dobermans are all popular breeds of dogs with strong potential in bite work. At the end of the day, there is a higher number of German Shepherds that have been bred to possess the traits needed for true personal protection. That means that when we travel to Europe to purchase new dogs for protection training we are able to maximize our sample size. This is necessary because out of every 100 or so dog we thoroughly evaluate, only a few will be able to excel in every area: health, temperament, drive and appearance.

Our breeders in Europe are sometimes frustrated by our selectivity. Most of their customers are police and military operations that can purchase an intense dog without great social skills. These dogs won’t be living with families, so as long as they’re healthy and powerful they fit the bill. We need our dogs to perform even better in action and have the right makeup to be left with children and pets.

Keep this in mind when you’re trying to choose a personal protection dog: this is a personal choice and it’s about much more than just protection. Maybe you’d prefer a more agile dog like Kazou to a bigger dog like Aspen. Much like the old adage, “the best camera is the one you have with you,” the best protection dog is the one that’s at your side and keeping you safe when danger presents itself. If you’re not comfortable walking around with a 90+ pound dog, we’ll find and train a smaller dog that can still dominate in a protection scenario.

Which is best for protection: a male or female dog?

Again, this is a completely personal choice. Kazou, for instance, is one of the most impressive dogs we’ve worked with regardless of breed or sex. There is, however, more male dogs capable of protection available than females. If you’re interested in buying a female, contact us and we’ll help you select and train one.

Why buy an adult dog and not a puppy?

We offer puppy protection training and we’re always willing to help a client select and raise a puppy for protection, but we advise the majority of people to select a fully or partially trained adult dog. Buying a puppy for protection is a bit like having a baby because you need someone to fix your car. For one thing, it’s a huge gamble: there’s a very good chance that he or she will never have the inclination or ability to do the job. Now you’re back at square one. On top of that, a puppy won’t be ready to protect you yet and you’ll have to wait until adulthood to utilize your investment. With an adult dog, you know what his or her personality is like from day one, and you can clearly see whether or not the dog is up to the task of protection.

Many people worry that they will not bond the same way with an adult as they would with a puppy, but this is not true! All of our personal protection dogs are loving and have stellar personalities. They bond with their new families in a matter of days, and our clients tell us again and again that their dog is a “perfect match.”