Dogs provide comfort in more ways than one. Sure, they will gladly accompany you along an otherwise solo hike or cozy up next to you when you’re feeling sad. They make each and every day exciting and fun with their energy and playfulness. But when danger lurks, those with specialized protection dog training are ready guard your home from intruders or spring into action to keep you and your family safe and sound.

Obedience and crate training are just the first half of the resume for these well-trained pups. The two types of protection dog training—personal protection dog training and estate and article protection dog training—each provide increased comfort in knowing your dog has your back. When bringing a new dog into your family home, protection dog training is often the most logical next step after obedience and crate training.

Personal Protection Dog Training

Having a trained personal protection dog by your side can make nights spent home alone, running errands solo and taking road trips to unfamiliar places less worrisome. Whether you’re a single female or a family with children, personal protection dogs are a wonderful addition to the household.

Through specialized courses with a professional dog training company, dogs learn to distinguish between normal and aggressive behaviors of strangers. When identifying aggressive and threatening behaviors, dogs are taught how to protect their owners by vocal and physical attacks on the suspect. The identification and repetition of practice attacks instill intuition and reaction in your dog. When called upon in a real-life scenario, your dog will be better able to protect and defend you and your family members from an intruder, kidnapper, carjacker or attacker.

Among breeds that do exceedingly well with personal protection training are the German Shepherd, Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher. The size, strength, training ability and loyalty are contributors to the success of these protection dogs.

Estate and Article Protection Dog Training

Quite different from personal protection dogs, estate and article protection dogs are trained to guard and protect possessions and homes while owners are out-of-sight. When dogs trained in estate and article protection are told to watch over an item, be it a wallet, vehicle or child, the dog knows to stay with it and protect it from strangers until your return.

Good estate and article protection dogs do not need to be quite as large and strong as personal protection dogs, though the same breeds do well with this training. Others include Schnauzers, Scottish Terriers and Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

Choosing to train your dog in personal protection or estate and article protection is not a decision to be made lightly. The skills your dog learns should only be called upon in situations deemed absolutely necessary and not as a game or showcase. Professional and trusted dog training companies, like K9 Country Club and I-Guard International, require an owner’s background check and an evaluation in order to pursue protection dog training services.

Dogs trained in either or both methods of personal protection are loyal protectors in a myriad of circumstances. Their natural-born companionship and professionally trained skill-set may one day prove to play a role in ensuring the safety of your family.

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