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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-29-2013, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking into getting a pup from a good breeder. I know the kennel, the potential sires and dams, and am just waiting for the right litter. My ultimate goal is to get a pup that I can train to be a protection dog. I live in a very rural area and would love the comfort of a trained protection dog (and family companion)

I have also been looking into therapy dog programs, and being so rural, thought that TDI's "Tail-Waggin' Tutors" program is a neat thing - taking a therapy dog into a library or classroom setting to help a child read aloud and learn more.

I know anything is possible...but would it be a reasonable thought to have a protection dog as a therapy dog as well, or is there something somewhere that I can't find, that says the two "jobs" shouldn't be combined?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-29-2013, 01:03 PM
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Most TD programs will not allow dogs that have bite training so you'd be hard pressed to find one that does allow it.

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From a temperament standpoint, some dogs have the right temperament to do both, some dogs have the right temperament for just one or the other, but not both. It would depend on the individual dog.

Shanna is right though in that it can be very difficult to find a therapy dog program that will allow dogs with any form of bite training. So even if the dog can do both, you may not be able to.


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That's good to know, thank you! My big thing is protection training. As I said, I live in a rural area, and just knowing I have a dog that could lend a hand (or paw) if something happened would make me feel a lot better.

Maybe I can "borrow" my hubby's dog and cross train him for TD and narcotics detection. He hasn't had bite training, (he was injured before he was truly trained in it), which would be neat to do. Guess I'll have to talk to him about it and look into it.

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If I were you, I'd focus more on the Therapy Dog training.

Frankly, just having a GSD that is big and barks has always been more than enough of a deterrent for me. The reality of the VAST amount of necessary training daily/weekly FOREVER to keep a properly trained protection dog just wouldn't be happening for me. And if you don't do it right you can really end up with a nightmare of a dog rather then a beloved family member.

I have a friend who uses his GSD to help children learn to read and he's changed many kids lives, seems like that would be a worthwhile goal...

Then you can easily cross train therapy dog training and AGILITY which is the best dog sport of all (or at least that's what I have heard )




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