Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: Question about Bite Work/Protection SchH Training
At a year old, the dog cannot possibly be very advanced in training, nor will it have the mental maturity to be a true protection dog. Hopefully, what it does have is a solid foundation upon which you can build.
No, the dog will not lose it if it takes you a year or two to get back into training. Not if the dog had it genetically to begin with, and the foundation training is solid. In fact, if your goal is personal protection, waiting 1-2 years for the dog to be fully mentally mature is a good idea. Though you should also get some guidance and training in what the dog does and does not know, so you don't do anything to inadvertently create problems during that time.
As Lauri mentioned, SchH protection and personal protection are two different things. Sometimes SchH protection is done utilizing the skills and mental outlook of true protection, but within the confines of the rules of SchH. But often it is not. Good, correct SchH protection is a good place to start with a dog, and it can be a very good stepping stone to progress into personal protection later. If the dog has the genetics and a solid foundation, that progression can be done pretty easily, with the right trainer.
But if your goal is personal protection, there are many SchH clubs and SchH trainers who are not going to be able to get you there. And some who can. But just any ol' local club probably isn't going to do. So you need to carefully research the club and trainer to see if they have the skills to do what you want. And be aware that there are probably more crooks and con-artists out there providing poor, abusive, and dangerous "protection training" and "protection dogs" than there are legitimate trainers producing good dogs. So take your time and research and shop wisely.
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