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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.

How do you get a guard dog?

Monday, May 4th, 2020
Humans have utilised dogs for guarding, protection, and security purposes for thousands of years. Dogs’ heightened senses of scent and hearing make them some of the best alarm systems possible, and years of work have resulted in multiple breeds that are highly competent at guarding and protection. At a time of the rising crime and overstretched police forces, guard dogs are becoming more popular than ever, especially in the UK.

There are many ways of getting a guard dog, some of which are better than others. One common approach is to simply purchase a young dog from a breed developed to guard and protect. It is very common for families to buy a Rottweiler, Presa Canario, or Belgian Shepherd puppy and simply expect it to mature into an effective guard dog. While it is true that these dogs have strong protective instincts, this alone does not make them suitable guard dogs. As an absolute baseline, all guard dogs should also make good and safe family pets, and failing to utilise any dog’s natural drives and characteristics will result in frustration and destructive behaviour.

Instead, it is far more sensible to identify a reputable and experienced guard dog dealership that raises and trains working dogs for specific roles and purposes. Very sadly, certain breeds have becoming commoditised as status symbols, especially by social media influencers. This has encouraged irresponsible breeders to compromise quality over quantity and breed temperamentally unsound and unhealthy dogs. A good guard dog dealer will be able to identify the most temperamentally suitable dogs for this kind of work, then train and develop them to a high standard which allows them to both live with and protect their family.

Protection Dogs Worldwide has years of experience in just this. Our team of trainers is experts in identifying and sourcing some of the most promising young working line German Shepherd Dogs, Cane Corsos, Giant Schnauzers, Dobermann Pinschers, and Rottweilers across Europe before bringing them to our East Yorkshire facility. Once here, we take all our dogs through extensive obedience and protection training courses to make them at home with their family as they are guarding them. Our most promising dogs are taken through our “Elite” training programme, and comparable if not superior to police and military working dogs.

If you would like to find out more information on how we can help you find your perfect family guard dog, please email info@protectiondogs.co.uk.

What steps should I take during the COVID-19 pandemic and self-isolation to keep my dog safe?

Monday, May 4th, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, there has been an increased concern among animal owners as to how they can keep their dogs safe. While COVID-19 is highly contagious and dangerous among humans, current World Health Organization advice is that it does not affect dogs. While health guidelines are subject to change, COVID-19 is a human disease, and there is very little extra you need to do to keep your dog safe during this period.

In fact, self-isolation may be beneficial to your family protection dogs. Dogs are highly social animals with strong needs to spend time within a defined social group. In modern times, the most common type of social group is a human household, and working practices mean that dogs are often left alone for most of the day. Current lockdown measures mean that owners can now spend more quality time than ever with their dogs, which facilitates additional opportunities to train, bond, and go about daily activities together.

Self-isolation should be viewed as an opportunity rather than a setback for dog owners. It affords you the opportunity to strengthen the bond you have with your dog, teach it new tricks, or potentially start training activities such as scentwork. None of these activities are impacted or limited by self-isolation or national lockdowns and should be embraced at this time.

Benefits of Using a Protection Dog – Protection Dogs Worldwide

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
A family protection dog is an absolute investment in your own, your family, and your property’s security. For thousands of years, dogs have been utilised for guardianship and security purposes, and they have proven their worth in these areas many times over. While the best way to truly experience and understand the number of significant benefits using a protection dog offers is to own one, this article will offer an outline of what they are.

One of the greatest benefits of using a protection dog is how dynamic and flexible it can be. Electronic systems can fail during power outages, or be hacked and sabotaged by a sophisticated adversary. Security staff such as residential security teams are susceptible to human error and less effective in extreme weather conditions, and are ultimately corruptible by the highest bidder. In contrast to this, there are far fewer ways to beat the dog. While all dogs bond strongly with their owners, the breeds we specialise in training and dealing are legendary for their loyalty. It takes time to develop a bond with your protection dog, but once you have achieved this, their capacity to work for and please you is undeniable.

Another benefit protection dogs offer is their immediate deterrence value. While many houses are equipped with burglar alarms and CCTV, their utility against a truly determined assailant is limited, especially in isolated areas. Homeowners rarely set alarms when they are at home, and CCTV is only immediately useful if it is being monitored with an integrated response capacity. Because of its heightened sense of hearing, a protection dog will be aware of any potential intruders long before you are, and have been trained to alert you through constant barking. A protection dog is also more likely to be able to detect surveillance being conducted on your property, and its reactivity often acts as an additional layer of deterrence before any break-in is attempted.

Protection dogs are also significantly more dynamic and flexible than almost all other security systems. A bonded dog will follow its handler wherever they go, and seek to remain close at all times. It is highly unlikely that a trained German Shepherd Dog, Cane Corso, or Dobermann Pinscher will ever stray far from your side, offering you the closest levels of protection. All of our dogs undergo significant socialisation and environmental training before being offered to clients, meaning that they are accustomed to and comfortable in a wide range of settings that they may need to work in. A protection dog will defend its owner anywhere, and to increase their versatility Protection Dogs Worldwide recently introduced a new counter-vehicle hijacking training programme.

One of the greatest benefits of a protection dog, especially for clients with families and young children, is the companionship they offer. Despite their obvious utility for hunting and security, even the earliest dogs were prized as companions, and this characteristic has endured to the present day. While the breeds Protection Dogs Worldwide specialises in training and dealing have historically been used for guarding purposes, they are also known for being extremely affectionate. While training our dogs, we expose them to family environments, and would never sell a dog we would not trust with our own families. Temperamental soundness is of imperative importance to us, and all of our dogs must first be able to act as family pets, and simply enjoyed for being a dog.

These are only a few of the benefits a trained protection dog can offer you and your family. If you would like to learn more about why you should consider purchasing a family protection dog, please do not hesitate to call us for more information. We would be more than happy to help you in any way we can, and frequently welcome potential clients to our training facility near Hull in the North East of England.

Protection Dogs Worldwide Supplies Family Protection Dog to Katie Price

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Protection Dogs Worldwide is delighted to announce that it recently supplied @Katie Price and her family with Blade, an Elite-level German Shepherd Dog. Blade is a stunning black German Shepherd Dog and has already bonded very well with the Price family and other pets.

Blade is an excellent example of what we provide: highly capable and trained protection dogs which are capable of guarding people and property, and safely integrating into family environments with other animals and young children.

Leedor Borlant , Founder and Lead Trainer, is confident that Blade will be a good fit in the Price household. “We conduct extensive assessments of all our dogs’ temperaments long before they go on sale”, he said. “As we know our dogs so well, when approached by any client, we can instantly match them with the dog that best fulfils their needs. We’ve been working with Blade for a while now, so we’re confident in recommending him to Ms Price”.

Protection Dogs Worldwide trains its dogs to multiple specifications, with the highest being Elite. Blade is an Elite dog, so trained to meet the needs of clients who require the highest level of protection. Training within the Elite package is tailored to the customer’s requirements, enabling the dogs’ training to replicate specific threats the client may face, or threats within specific environments. Our standard training is completed without the use of equipment or agitation (bite suits, sleeves, whips, etc.), and is based around realistic scenarios. We believe that the dog should respond to a threat and react on command without question.

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