Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Sacramento, California
Re: PPD's and families, Q for breeders, trainers
Nelly, having trained many PPDs, I would have to say that in my experience, the MAJORITY of the dogs I and my team trained were family dogs. A rare few loved the work so much they wanted to do it all the time, an ended up being guard dogs. (To me, a guard dog means a dog that guards property on his own terms, without supervision from a human.)
Now, I should clarify that we were not in the business of training dogs to be PPDs first; rather, they were family dogs to begin with. As such, it's probably safe to assume that each of the MAJORITY described above were already known to have a good "family" temperament, does that make sense?
I also believe that the potential for problems with a PPD down the road really comes down to the owner. Like Chris said, or alluded to, above, if the owner doesn't know what they have on their hands, that sets the stage for trouble. It is for this reason alone that we only trained the dogs WITH the owners. My philosophy is that the owner MUST be involved every step of the way. Otherwise, turning a PPD over to an unwitting owner is akin to giving someone a loaded fully automatic weapon with the safety off, in that it's not a matter of if the gun will go off unexpectedly, it's more like, when!
Obedience, Behavior, Personal Protection Training
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