The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
I have a few suggestions:
Send your wife to self-defense classes so as a responsible grown-up adult, she can look after herself. If you see her as helpless and a victim, how can she see herself any differently.
A protection dog is not the same thing as a service dog. A service dog is used to assist people with medical issues and are specifically trained for certain tasks to assist the person who needs them. Personal Protection dogs do not have the same right of access as Personal Service Dogs. Passing a non-service dog off as one in order to be allowed to access public places that are normally off-limits to dogs is against the law, and as such, people who do this are commiting fraud.
You can't just pick up a dog and make it into a personal protection dog. It has to be the right dog, with the right balance of drives, with the right temperament, from a breeder who knows what to breed for when it comes to PPDs. You may get lucky and a random dog from a shelter or a random breeder may pan out, but the probablity of that is pretty low.
Training a dog for Personal protection takes years and full involvement from the handler, and require on-going maintenance training. Best to have the owner/handler do the training so that they have the control over the dogs at all times. Is your wife going to be the one taking the dog to training?
Sounds like you are starting out on the right foot with a well balance dog along with the obedience classes. Having a PPD is a HUGE investment in time and energy, and a HUGE liability in case this dog, thay you got to BITE people, does in fact accidently bite the wrong person. For 99% of the people out there, having a large, well behaved dog at one's side is a superb deterent and about all the protection most people will need,without the added liability.
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