I'm just wondering if anyone here actually has a professionally trained protection dog. If so, I'm curious to the do's and dont's. What boundaries do you set? What are the dog's boundaries? Just things you absolutely must do, and cannot do with these kinds of dogs.
I am brand new to this forum, and your question is an important one for me. I've settled on a GSD, since I owned one as a child and loved him to death, and I think that while GSDs are not the best at any particular activity, they are probably in the top three at everything, making them a winning choice overall.
I am looking for a PP dog when I retire and return to the States. Investigating the various trainers, breeders, and importers is just bewildering. And the price points are so wide I feel like I'm trying to buy diamonds. On Ebay. Blindfolded.
I've been told that K9s should not be around strangers (invitees to your home, no less), and that they are fine around strangers, properly introduced.
Sch III -trained dogs are great, but also that, while impressive on the field, they cannot really be called PP dogs and must be retrained at great expense.
I've been told that German-sourced GSDs have lost their originality, and that Czech-sourced GSDs are the "only way to go." Oh, and that American AKC individuals are generally no good for PP duties.
At some point, I would like to find an actual owner of a PP GSD to understand what I can expect and who I can reasonably trust.