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Family Protection Dog – A Perfect Investment for Your Family’s Security

Friday, July 10th, 2020

We are living in an increasingly uncertain and even dangerous world. Years of austerity in the UK have resulted in overstretched and undermanned police forces with crime on the rise. Emboldened and empowered by technology, professional criminals are more motivated and consequently capable than ever. Hardware can fail or be beaten, whereas human-based security is only ever as strong as its weakest link. During a global pandemic, close protection and residential security are suddenly far less effective. With this as background, a trained family protection dog is the perfect investment for your family’s security.

Unlike guard dogs, protection dogs always work through a handler and off specific commands rather than its own volition and without supervision. Most protection dogs in the UK are currently oriented towards participating in sports such as Schutzhund. While potentially lucrative, such dogs are often too highly driven to live with and focus on equipment such as pads and sleeves rather than human threats. They are simply not practical investments for those seeking to secure their families, and rarely bridge the gap between guardian and family companion.

 

In contrast to this, family protection dogs are specifically trained and bred to meet these joint needs, and Protection Dogs Worldwide is the UK’s leading family protection dog trainer and dealer. All of our dogs are specifically selected while still young for the temperamental balance that will allow them to double up as family guardians and companions, and raised in a home environment. Between our trainers and kennel hands, we share decades of experience in developing outstanding protectors and companions, and supply these dogs across the UK, Europe, Middle East, and the Americas.

 

The breeds we work with (primarily German Shepherd Dogs, Dobermanns, Giant Schnauzers, Cane Corsos, and now Rottweilers) are all highly intelligent, trainable, and affectionate. Their ability to form strong bonds and reliable temperaments mean they are safe around children. Their inherent playfulness makes them a delight to live with.

If you would like to find out more about how a protection dog would be the perfect investment for your family’s security, we look forward to hearing from you. We would be more than happy to offer an initial obligation-free gratis consultation about how we can meet your needs, and all of our business is always conducted with the upmost discretion. For more information, please email info@protectiondogs.co.uk.

10 Tips on How to Train a Dog as a Perfect Protection Dog

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
  • Begin early! It is possible to determine some of what a dog’s adult characteristics may be from its first few days, and temperament evaluations of puppies is instrumental in training the prefect protection dog.
 
  • Understand what you are looking for, namely stability and protectiveness rather than outright aggression. An aggressive dog is a dangerous dog, and temperamental reliability and stability are imperative in training the perfect family protection dog.
 
  • Work with an established trainer. Dog training is an art, and at high levels best left to experts to lay all-important foundations. Protection Dogs Worldwide’s team has years of experience in dog training for protection, and are highly skilled at bringing the best out of family protection dogs.
 
  • Know which breeds are appropriate for family protection work. Gundogs and companion breeds are almost never suitable because of their friendliness, lack of courage, and poor guarding reputations. It is highly unlikely that a Labrador or Golden Retriever would deter would-be burglars or assailants, whereas a Cane Corso has significantly more deterrence value.
 
  • Don’t underestimate the power of bonding. A dog which has bonded with its family and handler will ultimately work far harder than one trained purely using compulsion. Feeding your dog (especially by hand), and taking it on fun activities such as walks or fetch games are excellent ways of developing this bond.
 
  • Ensure that your protection dog is fully socialised and exposed to different environments. Protection dogs should be confident and approachable but suspicious. Ongoing socialisation from a young age will support this, and prevent any dog from becoming overly anxious and reactively aggressive in new situations.
 
  • Make yourself as appealing, fun, and interesting as possible. By establishing yourself as the centre of any dog’s life, you automatically reduce how much it will pull on its lead, increase its attentiveness, and improve its recall. In a protection setting, this translates into leaving the bite on first command and increased control.
 
  • Understand that dogs learn and make mistakes. Much like humans, dogs are emotionally complex and intelligent. While certainly clever and capable, learning may also occur through mistakes. These should not result in punishment. Instead, it is far better to simply reinforce desired behaviours.
 
  • Be ready to work continuously. Ongoing training is key in maintaining a dog’s skill level, prevents skill fade, and develops the bond between you. Protection Dogs Worldwide is happy and able to provide continuity training support, both online and through residential retreats.
 
  • Have fun! Owning a dog should be a pleasure, and training is a long-term project that many find particularly rewarding. Seeing how your dog develops and improves its skills is an incredible experience to be treasured, not rushed. For more advice, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to help.

Why choose a Dobermann Pinscher as a family protection dog?

Friday, November 15th, 2019

Since we began working in dealing and training family protection dogs, one breed in particular has stood as being particularly popular: the Dobermann Pinscher. Interest and demand for this breed has been unprecedented compared to our other dogs (the German Shepherd Dog, Cane Corso, and Giant Schnauzer), and we only expect these levels to increase. In this piece, we hope to offer you a better insight into this wonderful breed, and why it makes such a good family protection dog.

The Dobermann Pinscher was developed in Germany in the late-19th Century by a night watchman and taxman called Louis Dobermann who wanted a dog to accompany and protect him while he undertook his unpopular line of work. As he also managed his local dog pound, Dobermann had free access to a large number of dogs, and was thus able to cherry-pick and breed those whose characteristics he wanted to blend into a single breed. While there is no authoritative list of which breeds contributed to what eventually became the Dobermann Pinscher, it is thought that they included the Beauceron, German Pinscher, Rottweiler, Weimaraner, Greyhound and Manchester Terrier. This produced an athletic black and tan dog which was large enough to deter against would-be attackers, while also possessing remarkable protective instincts.

While it established itself as a highly effective guardian in the following fifty or so years, the Dobermann Pinscher became best known in the years following the Second World War, especially in the USA. After the USA entered into the Second World War, its armed forces appealed to citizens to donate pet dogs to their war effort, and while a large number of breeds were given away, the Dobermann Pinscher proved itself to be particularly effective on the battlefield. These military working dogs served with distinction, especially in the Pacific, and saved untold numbers of lives as both protection and detection dogs. On returning from war, this breed was elevated to almost heroic status and became increasingly popular. It was also utilised during the Vietnam War, and went on to become a mainstream and popular personal and family protection dog.

As the Dobermann Pinscher has such good protection instincts, it is an obvious choice for individuals and families seeking a canine guardian. Potentially more importantly, though, they combine this with a stable and reliable temperament. The Dobermann Pinscher is actually one of the more playful breeds associated with security and protection, bonds well with its family, and has fewer recorded bites on non-aggressing humans that certain breeds not developed for guarding, i.e. gundogs and Dalmatians. As long as all parties concerned are properly educated about how to respect and behave around a dog, a Dobermann Pinscher can often be an excellent pet for children. The Dobermann Pinscher loves to work and please its handlers. It is also a fast learner, making it highly trainable. Continuous obedience training is a very good way to develop a relationship between dog and handler, and one that children are able to participate in.

The Dobermann Pinscher also makes a highly effective deterrent against would-be burglars, intruders, and attackers. Its reputation as a fearsome protector and recognisability as well as potential to guard to a high level have made it a popular and much-desired family protection dog for good reason.

For any further enquiries, please email info@protectiondogs.co.uk, or call +44 148 2426 441.