Guard Dogs

We’ve all seen trained guard dogs or protection dogs on TV. I always assumed they were for rich people for some reason. I don’t know why it never occurred to me that any family could get a trained protection dog that would also double as the family pet.

As always, when you want information on something, a few strokes on the keyboard will bring you a wealth of information. Here are some interesting things that I learned:

A security dog is trained to put his or her life on the line to protect the owner’s family. Considering what you’re average untrained pet is willing to do, just imagine how much more fiercely a guard dog would do the job.

Unlike on TV, they are not all German Shepherds. Dutch Shepherds and Belgian Malinois are also used.

The animals can be purchased pre-trained at different skill levels or firms will work with you to custom train one of these pets to have the exact skills you need for your personal situation. The prices vary depending on how much training the dog has received. Some dogs can even be taught to refuse food from strangers! (Wouldn’t that throw screenwriters for a loop? How many times have you seen a TV or movie character bribe a dog with a steak?)

You get to train with the dog and his or her original trainer for several days before the animal becomes part of your household.

Overall, you can learn a lot about this online and decide if getting a guard dog is right for your family.

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