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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-14-2016, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for some advice on protection training

We have a 2 year old gsd who is the sweetest dog (aren't they all). He is very social and great around other dogs and people. We live in a pretty remote area and have been considering protection training. We have been to an evaluation and were told he would be a good candidate. We have a few concerns that I'm hoping some others can input on their experience;

* We have a concern about this changing his personality. Currently he runs with my girls daily and never barks are has ever shown any aggression towards anyone/thing. I am under the understanding that this type of training would be equivalent to teaching someone how to fight. It would not change this, just make the dog more confident. I feel like I play the role as protector to him as I am always out in front, but I am not always with the girls.

* He has good obedience, and listens very well when he is on his leash (we never walk in public off leash), but at home he has been known to want to play in the woods when off leash. If we continue this consideration should we be working off leash obedience more first ?

* When people come to the door he always barks and gets excited but always greets people with love. I do not worry about someone coming over being bitten ever. Will this type of training change that ?

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IMO, a dog being trained for protection should have a strong level of obedience. So essentially if the dog has confidence and is biddable, there should be no change in personality. As the dog matures, the serious natural instinctive protection behaviors come out.
Balanced temperament is important. As far as training, is this someone that will teach your dog where to target for a bite, how to do a hold and bark first? I think you should be careful and make sure the trainer you choose is credible. Many claim to train protection dogs and charge a chunk of change, but the dog is not going to defend when put in a situation of an intrusion of your home.
Most often, dogs barking are a deterrent, and /or a target. My own dogs may defend with their life, but I'd hate for them to be tested.

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