You probably already realize the benefits associated with having a protection dog around the house. However, what’s the difference between having a “guard dog” and a trained protection dog? We’ve compiled a list of differences between your average guard dog and a trained protection dog. It’s normal to weigh the pros and cons, but don’t let misconceptions get in your way when it comes to providing your family with canine security.
Flexibility & Focus
Guard dogs will bark at everyone, and everything. Guard dogs are meant to alert humans of a change in circumstances; the arrival of the UPS truck, the mail truck, or a stranger walking toward the premises. A trained protection dog, in comparison, is trained to sense danger, and react to that danger. Protection dogs are trained to handle a variety of social situations, to ensure predictable, controlled behavior, no matter where the dog is called to go. If you throw a party and invite many people, including small children and other dogs, a guard dog will become distracted. New smells, new situations, and a guard dog can quickly drop their guard or lash out unexpectedly. In comparison, a trained protection dog’s role does not change, no matter who comes to your home. Instincts kick in, and the dog is more than capable of mingling with a variety of age groups and situations.
Many people think that a guard dog who is vicious to everyone but their family will make a good guard dog. This gives families a false sense of protection; as dogs who are known to be vicious can be unpredictable. What if someone who is helping your family approaches? Will someone be able to hold the dog back in case of emergency? Protection dogs are not vicious, and they receive specialized training to use natural instincts to detect danger. They are also trained to respond to commands, and demonstrate obedience. A protection dog chosen for home use is handpicked from birth based on a number of qualities. They are extremely adaptable based on circumstances, and do not exhibit aggressive behavior as a means of defense. German Shepherds in particular make loving and loyal protection dogs which can be trusted with children.
When people think of a guard dog, they often picture a dog as a leader of dogs in the household. However, protection dogs will not hurt other dogs or attack other animals to show dominance. The only thing a protection dog will attack is someone, or something, threatening you. Your pets are members of your family, and a new living security system will understand and respect that.
Guard dog training is minimal. Usually, a guard dog is selected based on its size, breed, and level of intimidation. Even when training is given, guard dogs have not been exposed to and trained for circumstances involved in protecting a family. They may have been trained to attack; but have they been taught to sense danger? To protect without attacking? Have they been exposed to children of all sizes, and other pets? A trained protection dog has been expertly trained for all situations, so protective behavior is consistent, and can give owners peace of mind.
This article was contributed by the Wayne Simanovich team, a leader in German Shepherd Protection Dog Training. Learn more about protection dogs on their website.