I don't think you can do the protection work yourself without some very good training of you by someone very experienced in protection training. Beginning work is more important then the advanced work. A mistake with a young dog can ruin your chances of successful further training. Few good trainers will have an inexperienced person work pups and young dogs for this reason.
I started not knowing anything. The trainer was ex USMC hard core. I was force trained with a bamboo stick. No soft taps on the shoulder. Many days I came home more bruised than when I played football or hockey. It went something like this....CAPS INDICATE SHOUTING.
" IDIOT, WATCH HIS EYES...smack with the stick..WATCH THAT @&$% TAIL,...smack with stick, .. WATCH THE ¥£€% EARS...beat with stick... More beating with stick STOP, STOP, YOU BRAIN DEAD OR SOMETHINGS?..."GIVE THE DOG THE @&$%# WRAG, YOU DUMB AZZ". " " NOW
GET BEHIND ME AND WATCH AND LISTEN TO WHAT THE @&$% IM TELLING YOU" " IVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE SO STUPID AND DUMB AT THE SAME TIME IN MY WHOLE LIFETIME!" And this went on for quite a long time. Most would have never come back willingly. I did after reflecting some. The day came when he said after working dogs until I could barely stand up. " there must be a crack in your head someplace as you did well today, so at least some of this is sinking in."
The point being just how critical young dog traing can be. He never let me really make a mistake as he watched many steps ahead of me. Often asking me what I saw in each dog as he over saw the training process. It forced me to take my opinion out and only report facts. I made endless notes.
It takes a dog with the correct genetics and nerves to be effectively protection trained. Probably less than one percent of a herding or working dogs. Selecting a pup or young dog is even more challenging. Again someone very experienced is needed.
I've watched lots of videos too but without someone there pointing out what the dog is doing, what his posture is showing and his overall demeanor is will not get you what you need.
I hate to be so negative but after seeing so many hopefully people drop out of training and others fail to even achieve the first level of SCH, IPO or various ring sports, I have to present facts, as I see them and not of my opinion.
Last edited by Bentwings1; 06-04-2017 at 11:45 AM.