So I watched the videos, and have always been curious about one thing. Will the trained protection dogs go after someone the same way, but without that person being in a bite suit? Are they reacting to the sleeve, or just the threat? I don’t train or have interest in a personal protect dog, so I’ve never researched it. I know the suit is for the protection of the person wearing it, but will they latch on without the suit? I know I’ve seen dogs do it on TV shows (Live PD, Cops). Are the results the same for those trained in personal protection? Or do they train the police K9’s differently?
I know my pool guy went into my backyard one time, without us knowing he was there (normally we lock the dogs inside when pool and landscapers come by), and Lyka did not back down at all. She circled him continuously, and I’m sure if the pool guy didn’t have a skimmer on a pole to push her away when she rushed him, it could have turned out my worse.
She has also gone after a contractor who willy nilly walked into my backyard. She lunged, grabbed his pants, and started the death shake. When I called her off, she came, but as soon as the guy started moving, she went after him again with nips to his ankles, following him until he walked out through the gate. So I know she will protect the yard, and she protects the house from two relatives she hates, but she’s never been trained, and I have suspicions that if an actual intruder came inside my house, she likely would either book it outside and bark, or bark inside, without doing anything. But I still can’t find anyone willing to put on a suit and test it out 😂.
I didn’t get her for protection though, and I wouldn’t unless I was willing to put a lot of training behind the dog to make sure they were stable enough TO train. We rely on our cameras, and rely on Lyka to for nothing, except maybe the barking, hoping it will be another defensive line an intruder would have to be willing to get past. And even then, if it didn’t work, I would never fault her for it. She’s a family member, she’s our girl, and we would never put expectations on her to be the only line of defense. The only of our brood that I think would actually maul someone is our Husky/GSD, and the only mauling he would do to an intruder would be mauling by tongue. He would probably lick the poor person to death, and if he didn’t, he’d likely just keep bringing him toys to try to get the intruder to play with him. Lmao.