What are the differences between a watchdog, personal protection dog, patrol dog and guard dog?
A watchdog is a dog that alerts its handlers to the presence of persons coming into its territory by barking or acting in an agitated manner. Many working and herding breeds show natural instinct in watchdog skills, but the obedience, sociability and control skills must be trained. A trained watchdog should be bark, threaten, and growl while on duty in a home, in an enclosure or on a running line. A trained watchdog will cease a guard situation on command or reduction of threat. A trained watchdog is sociable and completely obedience trained and is obedient and loyal to the handler. Many watchdogs make excellent family pets.
A personal protection dog is a dog that protects its handler from harm by another person. A trained personal protection dog is trained to apprehend a person by on command or threat to its handler. The dog must do this by intimidation, threat or bitework. The dog has complete obedience, sociability and control skills. Many personal protection and patrol dog will perform watchdog skills. A good personal protection dog is also a good family dog with some restrictions.
A patrol dog is a dog trained to search areas, alert its handler to the presence of a stranger or suspect, apprehend persons on command, defend its handler upon threat or command and assist in transport of a person who is found. The dog is completely obedience trained with degrees of sociability and control. Most patrol dogs with sociability and control make excellent companions.
Hold and bark training. Some patrol and protection dogs are trained to hold a person at bay if they do not start or cease a threat or movement. This is called hold and bark training. It is very useful training.
A guard dog is a dog either by training or by temperament or lack of sociability works a fenced area by alerting to the presence of any persons. Although not all guard dogs will chase or apprehend persons who are inside the fenced area. A guard dog has no sociability skills and is not a good family companion. Some trained guard dog has obedience skills for their handler. A true guard dog is not recommended for a home situation.
How do I know what I am getting in a dog? Are there titles or certification for protection dogs?
Matching a dog to your personality and home/work situation is very important. If you have a high security problem you may want a dog that is very illing to fight for you immediately (this is called civil drive). If you have large areas you will want a dog that searches areas and will search, alert and defend. If you have a low security problem you may want a dog that will alert for you and be very sociable with family and friends.
It is very important to check our and know about the following: age and maturity of dog, when and where it titled, health, temperament, hip/elbow rating, vaccinations and what titles its parents achieved.
There are titles and certification for watchdogs, personal protection and patrol dogs. Although there is certification for personal protection dogs now, it is not available in all parts of the United States yet.
There are two basic certification for protection dogs which have originated from the systems devised in Germany and France. The German system and International system certifies the dog’s ability to track, do obedience and protection work, these are called the Schutzhund 1, 11 & 111 or the IPO 1, 11 and 111. Although the Schutzhund and IPO titles are useful to know what the dog knows and can perform, they are basically a temperament and breeding test. They should not be the end result for a protection dog.
Some of the formerly Eastern Block countries have ratings in police patrol titles called the ZVV 1, 11, 111. ! OR the SVV1. 11 or 111 titles, the dogs must a defense of handler and be fairly welling to fight an opponent. here are also systems of rating conformation and suitability for use in breeding. These ratings can give you information about previous titles, parents, hip ratings, age and structure, movement, weight, height and condition of the dog. The system has titles in watchdog and companion dog. The companion dog title includes testing in public situations.
The French system certifies the dog’s ability to do obedience, agility and protection. The dog must show control, but may or may not be sociable. There is also the KNPV system which was developed in Holland for law enforcement dogs and handlers. A true KNPV is very civil and requires an experienced handler.
There are certification systems for patrol dogs in civilian, law enforcement and military patrol dogs. Some patrol dogs are sociable and others are tolerant.
What is handler training and why is it necessary?
Handler training is necessary for patrol and personal protection dogs. You will learn the commands for protection, searching and control of the dog. You will learn how to use the dog’s training to improve your safety. You will understand what situations are dangerous to you and your canine partner. You will learn to care for the dog during its long lifetime.
Will the dog need additional training or certification?
Although many patrol and protection dogs do not receive maintenance training or yearly certification, we recommend it. Since you are depending upon the dog for your life, we think that a few days very year it not too much to keep your dog and your life protection skills sharp. Training and certification reduce your liability if a situation occurs with your dog.
How can I learn more about costs, training and availability of protection dogs?
Please do not hesitate to contact us to answer your questions, provide quotation or arrange to visit us for a demonstration of a working canine.