I was just wondering about this, because if not it certainly limits their usefulness.
The very few people I know who use them do not use them in public like you would with a service dog. Thinking on people I know of with PPDs there use is often more specialized.No. PPDs are not treated like service dogs. They get no more access rights than the regular family pet.
Wow. To me, that doesn't sound like enough value-add over a well-trained and well-socialized pet to justify the multiple tens of thousands I see being charged for PPD's. But that's just me.For example. A jeweler who owns his own store or often travels with valuables might have a PPD in his place of business in addition to being armed. The dog can be sent to buy time to call for help and access his weapon. This is more like a true PPD.
The other common PPD usage I have seen is not so much in terms of a body guard but as an additional layer of home defense. Often for the woman in the family. The dog serves as a guard in the home, and is also given some basic defensive training (bark at approaching people, etc) for evening walks etc.
I don't disagree. To my mind, if you really feel like you need to go out and buy a PPD then you probably also need to be armed. There was some information on Leerburg about how a PPD is merely another layer in security. In the US, if you are taking your security seriously enough to be spending the money on a quality PPD, then you should also be armed. Your house should already have other more conventional means of security as well.Wow. To me, that doesn't sound like enough value-add over a well-trained and well-socialized pet to justify the multiple tens of thousands I see being charged for PPD's. But that's just me.
Yeah, I wouldn't actually do that. It was a joke. I'm always trying to scheme ways to take him everywhere with me. My job is to protect my dog, not the other way around.I would think that calling your dog a PPD would open you up to some possible trouble for bringing a "dangerous dog" into a public situation.