Protection dog training takes years master, which is why we ask that you take careful consideration in choosing a trainer. Protection training is a delicate process and if done properly will not adversely affect the temperament of your dog. Proper protection training will give your dog a purpose and bring him closer to you, his family. Proper protection dog training will also develop internal confidence in your dog, not fear. At World Class Canine, we teach each student to react under certain situations, or by command. By properly training each dog, we retain their loving and social temperaments, but produce man stopping fight to the death results, when called upon.
Addressing the sad state of affairs and low point of reference in the protection/guard dog training business.
The truth is that the vast majority of so-called protection dog trainers/kennels in our industry are fraudulently selling and training dogs for sport and passing them off as personal protection dogs, to clients that don't know the difference. If you are not familiar with the concept of a sport dog, a sport dog is trained to believe that bite-work is a game and relies on internal prey drives and visible equipment to perform. Schutzhund trained dogs are the most common examples of a sport dogs commonly mistaken for real protection dogs.
The Difference between street and sport.
To better understand what sport dog training is, you must understand what K-9 prey drive is. Typical sport dogs genetically possess a high level of prey drive (the drive that tells a dogs brain to naturally chase an object, other animal, or human). Prey driven dogs in their natural environment are predators that posses the desire to run down their prey, whether its a cat, animal, or bite-sleeve. In regards to prey drive, it alone may fuel a canine to chase down a lesser animal, but will not pay dividends when the dog encounters a worthy adversary in a defensive or, fight driven scenario. Now that you understand what prey drive is, we will further discuss sport dog training methods and theory. From a very young age, sport dog trainers teach their dogs that a visible bite-sleeve is the center of their prey-driven universe. These dogs are taught that the sleeve itself is the prey item, not the man. To further exploit their dogs prey drive, sport dog trainers instruct their decoys (bad guys) to run away form the dog, which is non-threatening and continues to add to the manipulation of the dogs prey drive. Sport dog trainers avoid the pressure associated with a real life fight in training and their dogs will typically not bite a human being without a visible bite-sleeve. Because the sport dog training world revolves around a fleeing decoy, projecting fear with no resistance, sport trained dogs cannot typically handle the pressure of a home invasion, or real fight. Remember, to the untrained eye a highly prey driven sport dog biting a sleeve may seem impressive, however, you must understand that dogs trained solely in sport dog methods, regards bite-work as a game and without the sleeve will become confused. So far we have covered sport dog training (prey fueled bite-work), which does not create a real life protection dog, now let us discuss the bite-work variable, used to create a real protection dog, pressure!
Genetically speaking the most important inherent trait possessed by a true protection dog is rock solid nerves, or a high threshold for defensive pressure. To put it more simply rock solid nerves equals a courageous dog with a high level of genetic confidence. Ideally a dog that possesses rock solid nerves will also possess a high level of prey drive, but, remember that prey minus pressure typically equals a game. Only dogs with an acceptable nerve level should be trained for protection no matter what their inherent level of prey drive is. The single defining variable in the equation measuring how far a dog can go in a fight, is the dog's own nerve level. Now that you understand the internal drives required for protection work, let's talk about pressure. Pressure in K-9 training is synonymous with adversity, a threat from a worthy adversary, a challenge from a worthy adversary, pain, or extreme environmental factors. The job of a true protection dog trainer is to prepare the dog for real life's worst case scenario's to include; home invasion, multiple attacker, defense of handler, prolonged fighting with a suspect offering intense resistance, car jacking, etc. This type of training can only be done, if the decoy (bad guy), challenges the dog by coming straight forward, offering resistance, not running away, like you will find in sport training and Schutzhund. Remember that the job of a sport dog decoy is to actually make the dog look better than they truly are, whereas a true protection trainer prepares the K-9 for the worst possible scenario. Properly trained protection dogs must also be taught that the man is the sole object of their fight, prey and defensive drives, not the visible bite equipment. It is imperative to use techniques like; civil agitation, hidden equipment, muzzle fighting, dominance training and full body bite-suit work when training a real protection dog. Remember, if your dog is trained to handle World War 3, a real life scenario will seem like a day at Disney Land.