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Training Your New Puppy Protection Dog

We often receive enquiries to train client owned dogs or to be precise puppies. Although commencing ones training as soon as possible is commendable you need to understand the limitations of your puppy and that it really isn’t possible to have a 12 month old fully trained protection dog. In this blog I address

1) What to consider prior to buying a puppy,
2) What training you should be undertaking at home,
3) Importance of socialization and desensitization,
4) Interacting with your puppy, essential to future learning.

1; what to consider when buying a puppy: When choosing a puppy with an aim to train in personnel protection you have a number of key elements to consider.
Always do your homework and buy from a trusted source, look at the health and wellbeing of not only the pups but also that of their adult dogs. Ask to see the mother and if possible the father or ancestors, observe their mannerisms and how they interact with you. The puppies should be confident and engaging, avoid those that are overly shy or nervous. Ask the breeder what they have done or plan to do during the first 8 weeks prepare them for life outside of their litter.
Genetics play a huge part in your puppy’s potential; if they are genetically predisposed to protection work then it increases your chances of being successful with your training. Remember; just because you have bought a Doberman / German shepherd / etc. it doesn’t automatically mean you have bought a protection dog or indeed a dog with the capability to train in protection. Always look into the ancestry of your potential puppy, is there evidence which supports the working potential of the dogs or are they from a line of show dogs which look the part? Unfortunately for novice owners the genetics can be a mine field, experience and knowledge greatly increase your chances of picking a successful puppy and even with all of the above taken into consideration it still doesn’t give you any guarantees. It is however always advisable to keep to the traditional breeds that have been bred over generations to work within the personnel protection sector.

2; what training you should be undertaking at home? Don’t wait for tomorrow start immediately; you don’t have to do anything that you wouldn’t do with any normal pet dog. Train your positions, house manners, recall, etc. A strong bond with your dog is essential as too is their willingness to interact freely with others. Keep the training positive and reward based, remember your role is to teach the pup what is desired and indeed what is inappropriate.

3; Importance of socialization and desensitization: Going back to the pups first 8 weeks of life I would hope that the breeder has exposed the litter to many different stimuli which helps them with future life. The exposure doesn’t end at week 8 however; it is now your job to continue to positive experiences. Take the pup to busy areas, meet horses, buses, exposure to sounds such as firework noises, gunshot etc. All sounds are best undertaken using a controlled environment where you can increase / decrease noise levels. Give the pup different experiences in a play environment, an open umbrella, tunnel, and bottle filled with stones can all make interesting stimuli for the pup. Your goal in this part of your training is to develop a confident pup that can perform no matter what is put in front of them.

4; Interacting with your puppy, essential to future learning: Outside of the pups teething period you should encourage it to engage in a simple game of tug, this is the basic foundation for any pup which aspires to be a protection dog. Keep the sessions short and fun, let the pup win as this will help build its confidence. Once the pup is confident and understands the principles of the game its drive will build sufficiently to allow it to engage with others, when he reaches this stage you are ready to introduce a helper / decoy, now the real work begins.
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So You Want to Train Your Dog in Protection!


Protection dog training undertaken correctly is indeed an art form and not something you should blindly subject your pet dog to. Throughout this blog I’ll hopefully share some knowledge and ask important questions which will help you make the right choices when deciding:

1) If you really want your dog training in protection
2) Help you evaluate if your dog can be trained in protection
3) Choose the right trainer who uses methods that fit with your moral standing.

Your dog breed of choice

Not every dog can be trained in protection; in fact very few have the capability to excel. In the UK the majority of dogs bred are bred for conformity. The suitability for these dogs to work within the parameters of its ancestors has long since died out. We do have exceptions however, with dedicated breeders working different breeds we are once again building on the working ability of our canine companions. Throughout Europe breeders are selecting lines with health and working ability overriding the color & conformity of the dog.

Choosing the right dog can be a minefield however, only by understanding lines and pedigrees can you make an informed choice, even then Mother Nature sometimes doesn’t play ball.

Q: What breed suits your home? Lifestyle? Experience?

Even dogs, which you may think would make an excellent protection dog, may not, for example the Akita should have the presence and ability to make a natural guard dog but their lack of drive and stubborn nature does not make them good students in the art of personnel protection. The more obvious choices to consider are; German shepherd, Doberman, Belgium Malinois, Giant Schnauzer, Cane Corso, Presa Canarias, American Bulldog and Rottweiler. Many of these dogs can be too much for inexperienced homes, especially in the early years, do your homework and speak to professional trainers.

Buying a working puppy

Wow! This is a BIG commitment. Buying any puppy is a big decision but buying a working puppy is a different league in itself. You cannot simply let the pup out with a few toys and take it to the park once a day; these pups need stimulation and daily constructive training. If you don’t develop their working desires they will do its themselves often by finding jobs which you wish they would leave for others.

Q: Do you know what to expect from the breeding? Some pups are vocal, some like to bite; some need more socialization than others. Do your homework, please. It will save you and your dog a lot of stress.

Q: Do you have the time, knowledge, experience & commitment to get the best out of your working puppy? In the middle of winter, in the cold driving rain are you prepared to work your dog?

Q: When things are going wrong whom are you going to turn to? Even the most experienced of trainers need a support network.

Training an existing Pet

Firstly not all pets can be trained in protection, any trainer that’s tells you otherwise should be questioned as to their methods. Any company offering training packages should be willing to give you a free evaluation to see if your dog is capable of learning and has the confidence / nerve to go through a protection program.

The timescale of the protection program is specific to the dog’s genetic ability and its own natural desire to retain learning. Novice dogs need multiple short sessions, fast confidence building wins. This can be frustrating for first time trainers due to the slow progress, however you will be glad you spent the time developing a full calm bite. It helps keep the dogs mind clear and enables them to listen to your commands and act accordingly.

To help your dog get ahead you can practice ‘ragging’ with your dog, this is essentially a game of tug. Encourage your dog to chase a rag or pillow and interact with you in a game of tug, your job in this interaction is to build the dogs confidence by letting it win, let the dog pull you round the garden. Remember; if your dog won’t interact with you in this manor it is unlikely that he will interact with the trainer.


The key factor in everything we do is obedience, without this you just have a dangerous dog. Before any serious protection training commences (beyond foundation) correct obedience should be practiced. Why? Once your dog is working in a high drive situation it still needs the ability to listen and follow commands, muscle memory and auto responses are essential to help your dog progress and reach its potential.


Our experience has shown that a good bond with your dog helps promote a strong performance in personal protection. Dogs are not robots and your relationship should be symbiotic, your dog gives you companionship and security whilst you offer food, warmth and comfort. Through positive training and structured play your bond will build, you know you are doing a good job when you let your dog off the lead in a park and they simply look at you for interaction.

Q: How does your dog react when you let him off the lead


Consider your breed of dog carefully and seek professional advice. If possible speak with an unbiased source that will give you an honest opinion.

If you plan to use an existing dog ask yourself if they are capable of doing the work. Is he of a working breed? Have direct ancestors been worked? Research the dog’s pedigree and be realistic with your expectations.

Research trainers and their methods, ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask to see the trainer’s dog at work. This is a good indication to their capabilities.

Don’t expect to do nothing just because you’ve paid for the dog to be trained by others. You will need to follow up the training and keep consistent, without doing this; the dog is likely to slip back into its old way.

No matter what you decide our experience has shown a strong bond is a major key to success.

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Guard Dog and Protection Dog, Are they the same ?

Never think that a protection dog is the same as a guard dog. These are very different dogs.
The expectations of these dogs are not the same so the way that they act will be completely different too. These short descriptions of each dog how they vary:

The Guard Dog:

A guard dog defends property, that’s his job. Any breed of dog can be trained to guard, some being more effective than others. He is trained to stay guarding one place, working on his instinct and autonomy. A guard dog’s three main duties are alarm, sentry and attack. He will alert owners of any intruders, attacking anyone that mistakenly enters the territory. Guard dogs are under voice and leash control only.
This dog cannot turn his training off,he is always on guard, maybe in a state of agitation, ready to act. For these reasons he cannot be a family pet.You should not try to be integrate him with children.

The Protection Dog:

Only certain breeds have the intelligence to become a protection dog. To succeed, he must have the right temperament, discipline and loyalty.A protection dog is trained to defend you and your family and will protect in any threatening situation. He is able to integrate within family as a pet.A protection dog knows the difference between someone from his family and someone threatening.This dog is not trained to defend just one place, his task is your protection, so will travel with you.
The protection dog is trained to higher level of obedience and loyalty. He will act upon command only. A well-trained protection dogs will rarely have to bite.

Protection Dogs and Guard Dogs are not the same at all. It is important to understand this difference before choosing a dog to work with.

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The Cane Corso as Protection Dog

The Cane Corso is an imposing presence of powerful athleticism. This well-muscled animal with his large head has the physical makings of a perfect protection dog. Before anything else, this striking dog provides a very visual deterrent.

Even its name suggests that Cane Corso was created for the role of protector. ‘Corso’ comes from the Latin’ cohors’ which translates to ‘protector’ and ‘guardian’.

Protection Heritage
The Cane Corso is a strong Italian breed descended from Roman war dogs. He is closely related to the Neapolitan Mastiff.For centuries in rural Italy it was a catch dog used with cattle and swine and wild boar hunts.He was also traditionally used to guard property, livestock and families.This heritage makes him a perfect protection dog.

Protector Personality
Cane Corso work well under stress. He is an assertive and determined character.When confronted with threat a Cane Corso will be ready to fight rather than flee. He will take on the role of protector where other breeds back away.
Guarding his home and your property will be a priority for a Cane Corso as he is highly territorial.He is naturally inclined to protect and repel intruders on their territory. He is extremely loyal and loving to their pack (you and your family) and will move in quickly to counteract any threat.

Sophisticated Senses
A Cane Corso is naturally equipped with sophisticated senses. He can hear what a human cannot and sense danger better than any surveillance camera. He can run faster and further than any intruder.

His high intelligence will respond well to the challenge of consistent training.

Given this good training and strong leadership, the Cane Corso will be an invaluable defender of your family and home.

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Why You Need A Protection Dog In 2017

No matter how much of a cliché this saying may sound, the fact of the matter is that many people are thinking “new year, new me” throughout the early parts of January. Whether it’s a determination to give up alcohol or to start exercising a bit more, many of us will have our own resolutions in an attempt to improve our lifestyles.

One such resolution might be to improve your personal security, to ensure you are kept safe throughout the rest of the year. This means that now is the best time for you to start thinking about getting yourself a protection dog, and we’re here at Protection Dogs Worldwide to run you through why you might need one in 2017…


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Here Are 3 Big Facts About The Belgian Malinois

Here at Protection Dogs Worldwide, we offer the widest range of protection dogs available in the UK and remain confident that we have a little something for everyone. However, such a variety of canines also provides customers with a choice between different breeds, personalities and traits, which can make it a little tricky when deciding on the right dog for you.

Of course, your decision should be based on your own personal preferences and specific requirements, and therefore it’s important that you have a deep understanding of what each breed can offer you. That’s why we’re here to run you through some key information on all of the canines that we can provide, and today we’re going to give you 3 important facts about the Belgian Malinois.


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The Incredible Timeline of the Great Dane

In one of our previous blog posts, we’ve already looked at what makes the Great Dane such an incredible breed of protection dog. From its sheer strength and height to its brave, and yet gentle, nature- the Great Dane is a remarkable animal that would make a fine addition to any home. Our Great Danes are a shining example of how a protection dog can help to keep you safe, and how they are so much more effective than any other form of security.

Here at Protection Dogs, we provide the widest range of trained canines available in the UK, and therefore you’d be forgiven for feeling a little bit spoilt for choice. With so many great dogs ready to keep you safe, we understand that deciding which one to go for is bound to be a tough choice.


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Why You Need A Protection Dog This Christmas

It’s that time of year again. We should all prepare ourselves for a month of eating too many mince pies, opening up our advent calendars and listening to Slade scream down the airwaves- because Christmas is well and truly right around the corner. With the dropping temperatures and the whole world going crazy over a John Lewis advert, time is running out for you to head out to find that perfect gift for someone special.

A protection dog is something that certainly isn’t just for Christmas, but one of our canines would certainly make a great gift this year. You can forget all about buying jewellery, chocolates and other material possessions, because a protection dog is just what your family would like to see waiting at the foot of the tree.


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The Top 3 Heroic Dog Stories

It’s no secret that the purchase of a well-trained protection dog is a sure-fire way of improving your safety and security. You’ll find that no other security measure is able to come close to the high standards set by any of our canines, as they provide you with an unbelievable of loyalty and dedication. All of our dogs have undergone thorough training to ensure that they are totally obedient to your commands, and they also integrate themselves as part of the family.


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Things You Never Knew About American Bulldogs

When it comes to picking out the right protection dog, you might just find yourself struggling with a bit of indecisiveness. Here at Protection Dogs Worldwide, we provide the widest range of protection dog breeds available in the UK, and you’d be forgiven for hesitating a little when it’s time for you to make a choice.

So how do you know which breed to go for? Well, fortunately we’re here to give you a brief rundown on all of the canines that we are able to provide, so that you have all of the information you need to make an informed decision. Today, we’re going to tell you all the things you never knew about American Bulldogs.


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