What are the best protection dog breeds? Can any dog be a protection dog? Can I train my own dog to be a personal protection dog?

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 essential in a personal protection dog. Many dog breeds will run away and will not try to save you in a threatening situation, no matter how much the dog loves you, because of their natural self-preservation instinct. The best protection dogs have to have the drive to protect their owner and fight instead of flight to save themselves. Additionally, if a dog has trouble obeying simple commands such as “sit,” “stay,” or “lie down,” then the advanced commands will be beyond their skill level. Though there are dogs that are very obedient with everyday commands, it does not necessarily qualify them to be a personal protection dog. Likewise, the online courses or trainers who claim to be able to take any dog and make them a personal protection dog are not able to guarantee that your dog will be able to protect you or that they have had the best training possible to keep you and your family safe. Our dogs will protect in situations when others run because of our rigorous temperament qualifications, selection, and training.

 

Most protection dog trainers stick to four main police dog breeds, while at Integrity K9, we have trained many types of dog breeds that are built for meeting the unique mix of  demands on a personal protection dog. Some of these breeds include: American bulldogs, Belgian Malinois, Bouvier des Flandres, Czech Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Standard Poodles (Check out our lineup of available personal protection dogs.). These protective dog breeds are our picks because of their instinct to protect their owner, loyalty, agility, and ability to be trained.  For example, Belgian Malinois are known for their agility, drive, and trainability making it the perfect personal protection dog for a person or family that has an active lifestyle. If you enjoy activities such as running or hiking, your Belgian Malinois will be right there beside you to keep you safe. If you prefer a more chill lifestyle, we still have a personal protection dog for you. Rottweilers, Cane Corsos, Boerboels, and someGerman Shepherds would be the personal protection dog for you. This lower maintenance for exercising does, by no means, reduce these breeds ability to protect you and your family. (Our dogs’ bite is definitely worse than their bark. Though no one in their right mind would want to come closer if they hear their bark.) Want a personal protection dog that is also hypo-allergenic and non-shedding? Then a Standard Poodle or a Bouvier des Flandres are the dogs for you!

 

What if you have one of these dog breeds? We can make your life easier by training your dog for you–if it has the right temperament for a protection dog. What does the right temperament require? For a dog to be a personal protection dog it has to have the drive to protect, it has to be intelligent, social with people, animal neutral, and it has to be trainable. If our trainers find that your dog is a match for protection dog training, your dog will begin its training at our training facility with our amazing trainers! If not, your dog can still work with our trainers to come back to you as a fully obedience trained dog, but not as a protection dog. How long will your dog be at our facility? The length of your dog’s stay will be determined on how quickly it picks up on our training. We can assure you that no matter if your dog is a fit for personal protection training or not, it will come back to you as an improved and obedient dog.

 

Integrity K9 has the best protection dogs so to eliminate the risk of your dog not being a match for protection dog training, we would be more than happy to walk you through the process of choosing one of our dogs who have gone through our rigorous selection and training requirements by our expert trainers resulting in a superior protection dog for you and your family. Contact us today to learn more!