Though many people might know that not just any dog can be a protection dog, they might not know why that is or what it takes to be a personal protection dog. Besides the obvious factor of size (no chihuahua is going to make the protection dog team no matter how ferocious it thinks it is), other traits such as trainability, temperament, and drive to fearlessly protect their owner are needed in a personal protection dog. Many dog breeds will run away and won’t try to save you in a threatening situation–no matter how much the dog loves you–because of their natural self-preservation instinct. Personal protection dogs have to have the drive to protect their owner and fight instead of fly to save themselves. Additionally, if a dog has trouble obeying simple commands, then the advanced commands will be beyond the skills of that dog. Though there are dogs that are very obedient to these everyday commands, it does not necessarily qualify them to be a personal protection dog.
The dogs that make the best protection dogs are those that were raised in a family setting, show signs of being very trainable, and love to work! Size comes into play in different ways with protection dogs. Dogs of smaller statures can be perfectly amazing protection dogs and have the added bonus of being able to travel with their owners more easily than a huge dog. This is where our dog matchmaking skills come into play, we are committed to finding you the perfect dog for your needs and lifestyle, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all dog matching model. Contact us today to start the process of finding the perfect protection dog match for your needs!