Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Sandy Hook, Connecticut
You have gotten alot of great advice here. I would save you money for training or for a new place to live. You need someone who is specifically trained in personal protection to train your dog *if* it is evaluated as a good canidate for it. Not all dogs can/will be trained in this manner to protect. Some don't have the nerves to support them in the training and end up just attacking and biting in fear response. I know most of these answers are not what you want to hear but people are being honest with you. Maybe you need to go to a personal protection class and learn how to protect yourself? Find a karate, personal protection, battered womens protection group etc to learn yourself how to protect yourself, watch your environment etc. If a mugger really wants to hurt you or the dog they will reguardless if the dog is happy go lucky or a scarey teeth baring maniac.
I would research your options on what is out there for a new place to live, protection classes for yourself, and contact local trainers/sch clubs to see if someone is willing to help you on the side or point you in the direction to a place close by or someone willing to come to you.
You can also read books and online about certain training ways, commands etc on how to get your dog to respond certain ways. I taught my 3 to whisper and loud speak and the more I give the command the more they respond and quicker. You can try teaching hand signals for certain things for your dog to do. There is no quick fix here. Personal protection training takes a long time to get the dog ready and preforming. Its not something you are just going to teach in your living room one night and be ready to use the following day. It takes time, practice, a ton of training, lots of scenarios played out to make sure the dog understands its commands etc.
Good luck, keep pushing forward, do alot of research, if need be contact your local police department for other advice. And if tasers are legal where you are maybe consider one of them..they sell them at Cabelas and hunting store 100k/500k volts.
Lexi- GSD/Bull Mastiff
Calvin- poyldactyl cat