The first half of 2020 has been filled with unbelievable events. The COVID-19 pandemic, the economic fall out of the pandemic, the senseless and brutal death of George Floyd, and the violence in response to his death has left society scared and stressed. More and more Americans are not wanting to leave their homes.
During times like these Americans feel the need to protect themselves. Of course, this is an American right and value. There are multiple protection choices, this article will focus on personal protection dogs.
What is a Personal Protection dog?
A protection dog will protect you and your family. Protection dogs are family dogs that will protect and defend their family in any situation they feel is threatening. Some of the most popular breeds for protection are Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Giant Schnauzers.
These breeds do however, need to be obedience trained and need to know their position in the family. Exercise is extremely important if you want to have a well behaved, well-adjusted protection dog. These dogs need plenty of activity because they are big, physical animals with lots of energy.
For personal protection, dogs surpass any alarm system that you can get. The presence of a dog can deter someone from even attempting to enter your home. And there are many that feel their dog is their personal protector when they go out for a walk at night.
Examples of protection functions:
- Alert on command to an assailant
- Engage in proper bite and hold when commanded.
- RELEASE on command
- Perform and display control
- Repel attack attempts
- Disable attackers
One of the most important functions in a personal protection dog is the release. I often see K9 demonstrations with handlers and dogs who are “fierce” and “killer bite and hold”. But then cannot release on command. To me, this would not serve a purpose. The point of a personal protection dog (for me) would be to activate on command and release on command. Otherwise, I would choose an alternative method of protection.
In summary, if the personal protection dog cannot release on command properly than I could use a personal firearm as protection. (all legal and local protocols followed) For me, the difference in selecting a personal protection dog from a personal firearm would be the release. You can release/recall a dog. You cannot release/recall a bullet. That is the simple difference for me.
Can every dog be a Personal Protection dog?
No, a personal protection dog needs to be a specific breed that is bred for specific traits as well as have the ability to train and successfully train and perform. These dogs come with very high level training and proofing. What has to often happen is the people need to be trained.
The people will need to be trained that this is a dog. A dog that actually performs and takes action. This is not a dog to be pushed around in a baby carriage or go visit the dog park. These actions will be covered in another article, but just mentioned here. In summary, hopefully the second half of 2020 will improve.