A family protection dog is far from the stereotypical guard dog. They are trained to protect their handler and family on command, and within specific threat scenarios. While it must be able to immediately transform from a companion to guardian, it also has to be able to revert to its previous state just as quickly, again on command. Its obedience levels must be immediate, and the dog should be happy to follow commands without aversion or question. We work with the new owners to perfect their dogs’ obedience, as we believe this not only aids a stress free relationship, but also builds a strong bond with the dog. This bond is particularly important in the line of protection work.
Many breeds excel as family protection dogs, but our experience shows that some are better than others. In our view, the Doberman, German Shepherd Dog, and Cane Corso tend to be the best. Other suitable breeds include the Rottweiler, Belgium Malinois, Giant Schnauzer, Boxer, and Great Dane. However, breed is only a small part of the selection process. A dog’s personal traits are far more important in allowing it to progress through our training programme, and a dog must also be able to fit its family’s lifestyle. It is always advisable to spend time with different breeds of dogs, as well as individual dogs to ensure that the fit is appropriate for all parties.
Protection training utilises a dog’s natural prey drive, and develops their focus on perpetrators rather than training aids and equipment. Scenario-based training is essential for the success of your family protection dogs, and we routinely utilise home environments to prove a dog’s behaviour before selling them to clients.