Archive for November, 2010
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
When you are considering the purchase of a protection dog, it is a good thing to understand that not all dog breeds are well suited for this. Some breeds are simply built stronger and have the natural instincts of protection in them from the start. When most people think of strong dog breeds they think of Rottweiler and Doberman. It is true that these breeds are very strong physically but as you know a protection dog must me more than just strong physically they must also have strong nerves to even be trained for foundational protection work. That is why German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, and Dutch Shepherd are the best breeds for a personal protection dog.
The German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, and Dutch Shepherd are the three best breeds to serve as a protection dog. To begin with, the German Shepherd is an overall extremely well built dog, they are well proportioned, muscular, and have solid bone structure. They are courageous, alert and fearless, which are great characteristics in a protection dog. The German Shepherd is a great dog that makes training easy because they are obedient, clever, have a high learning ability, and are eager to learn. It is one of the best breeds to have as a protection dog if you have a family because they are incredibly loyal, faithful, and brave. They also are excellent with children and love to be close with their human families. The Belgian Malinois is very similar to the German Shepherd in its build as well as its temperament. However, this breed is much more elegant in build and light-boned, this does not mean it lacks any strength or agility. They are a very active, intelligent and protective breed. The Dutch Shepherd is also similar to both the German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois, but they are known as the most competent of all shepherd dogs. This breed, just like the other two is very strong, friendly, obedient, and smart. These three breeds are considered the best because they are all herding dogs. This is so important because a herding dog has the natural ability to protect.
We at CCK9 feel that you deserve the best in K9 protection dogs, that is why we only train and sell the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, and Dutch Shepherd.
Monday, November 8th, 2010
Body language, it is one of the most important parts of communication and can usually compose more than 50% of what someone is trying to communicate. In order to communicate well, it is always a good thing to understand what different types and what they mean. Understanding body language not only applies to humans, it can also apply to protection dogs as well. Being able to understand this is the key to understanding your protection dog. Dogs all have their own language that allows them to communicate things such as their emotional state and their intentions to whoever is around them. Since dogs cannot speak verbally, their body gestures do the talking for them. Most of what your protection dog wants to tell you is sent through their facial expressions and body posture. After learning the basic types of body language, spend some time observing your dog in certain situations with people and other dogs.
Here are some examples of different types of dog body language that your protection dog might do and tips on how to identify them. One type is relaxed and approachable, this is when your protection dog is relaxed, unconcerned and not threatened by anything. When your dog is in this state, their head is held high, ears up, and tail down and relaxed. Alert and checking out their environment is another possible type of body language. If your dog had detected something interesting or unknown, they are are usually paying close attention and determining if there is any threat, or if any action should be taken. The body language they will display is ears forward, eyes wide, mouth closed, slight forward lean on toes and their tail moving slightly side to side. Dominant aggressive is when the dog is expressing their social dominance and also threatening that if they are challenged, they will act. The body language to look for is a wrinkled nose and forehead, ears forward lips curled, teeth visible, stiff leg stance, body leaning slightly forward and a stiff tail. Fearful and aggressive, this is when your dog is facing a situation or individual that is threatening, and if they are pressed they may attack. Look for a lowered body, ears back, pupils dilated, wrinkled nose, corner of mouth pulled back and tail tucked. There are many more types of body language that your dog will convey to you. Understanding your protection dogs body language will help protect you and your dog from dangerous situations. Also it will ultimately help you to communicate with them in a way that others cannot.
Friday, November 5th, 2010
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, commonly referred to as CPR, is an emergency procedure performed on people (or animals) suffering from cardiac arrest. Its purpose is to provide a constant flow of oxygen to the brain and lungs until the individual remains conscious. If you ever are faced with a situation where your protection dog is lying unconscious, you need to be prepared to take action immediately. When a dog becomes unconscious, respiratory arrest may occur, this is when you dog ceases to breathe on their own. Usually this occurs before cardiac arrest, which is the abrupt loss of heart function. After the breathing stops, the heart may continue to beat for several minutes. Taking action immediately and know exactly what to do could possibly mean either life or death for your dog.
It is always a good idea to get professional help when learning CPR for your protection dog. However, here are the basic steps of performing CPR on your dog. First, lay the dog on its side and be sure that the dog has stopped breathing by looking for the rise and fall of its chest or placing your hand in front of its nose and mouth to feel for a breath. Second, open the airway by extending the dog’s head and neck. Then open its mouth and check for any foreign objects, if an object is blocking the airway, use your fingers to remove it. Once the airway is clear, begin CPR, lift the chin to straighten their throat. Next, use one hand to grasp the muzzle and hold the mouth shut. Then put your mouth completely over the nose and gently exhale, the chest should expand. Now begin the compressions by placing one hand under the chest cavity and with the other hand press down on the chest 15 times. Repeat until your animal begins breathing, or when you decide to take it to a veterinarian immediately. These are just basic steps, but it is highly recommended that you properly train for this procedure in a class. Try contacting your vet to find out more information about possible animal CPR classes in your area. It is important to know that there are different method for the size of your dog. Due to their weight and how small their body is, smaller dogs need modifications on how you perform CPR. This could entail only using your thumb instead of your whole hand for compressions, especially for puppies. Also, if there is someone who you trust around, ask for their assistance. Having somebody for moral support and to assist you in breathing and the compressions could help you a lot. It is also very important to remember to stay calm while coming into this situation. As scary as it may seem, you do not want to become overwhelmed with emotions because time is very valuable. Know that your dog’s life is on the line and you have the chance to save them.
We know the value of a pet, whether it’s just a companion dog or a trained protection dog, we feel these animals are apart of our family. Just as if we would want to know how to save one of our child’s life’s it is equally important to know how to save our protection dogs life.
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
Dogs not only can be a loyal companion, they can also provide protection by guarding their human family and the area they consider their territory. A guard dog watches, threatens the intruder, and possibly attacks to the point of their retreat. When choosing a new dog to potentially be your guard dog, it is important to consider the breed’s intelligence, ease of training, protection capabilities and attitude around strangers. Having a guard dog comes with all of the responsibilities that come with having a regular dog and even more. Their nutrition and medical needs all need to be met as well as giving the animal devoted love and attention. ‘
The Bull Terrier is a dog breed that would be a phenomenal choice for a guard dog. The Bull Terrier was bred in England as a fighting dog, however it is not the type of breed to provoke a fight. This dog is a strong built, muscular breed that can be extremely fearless. This breed is playful, sweet and overall good with people, which is very important to consider if you have a family. Bulldog Terriers often become protective of the children they’re around. This breed can be an effective guard dog but also requires a great deal of training and companionship. It has a tendency to be stubborn and independent, so a professional is needed when it comes to training the Bull Terrier. They do not require much grooming, but they do need plenty of exercise. A fair sized yard is great to have as the owner of a Bull Terrier. Also long daily walks are needed to help work off their endless energy, since they could become destructive if not given enough attention or exercise. The Bull Terrier will be a great addition to your home not only as a guard dog, but also as a new addition to the family.
Although we think the Bull Terrier is a great breed, there are huge differences in the strength, companionship and abilities of a Bull Terrier compared to say a German Shepherd protection dog.
Monday, November 1st, 2010
There are many different breeds that are associated with KNPV. Some breeds of course are better suited then others just as some breeds are better suited to be helper dogs then other. In this article we will explain why the Belgian Malinois is best for KNPV then most other breeds.
First we will give you a little bit of history on dog training and KNPV. Back in the early 1900′s when people talked about a trained police dog, they mostly thought of the qualities of the dog’s smelling sense, a quality that was highly overestimated, leaving the dog’s ability to hear and bite was pretty much overlooked. As time went on it taught people that the protection abilities of a dog were also very important for actual police work too. Disappointed in not being able to create the perfect miracle dog that could find, track, and protect brought the realization that every dog breed is distinctive, and therefore, every breed is somewhat limited in what it can do. With this in mind trainers had to go about training a particular dog that fitted the breed best, however, the goal was always to pass the KNPV trial in discipline, tracking and protection.
Bouviers were one the first of the various breeds that were put to the many KNPV trial tests. Other breeds such as German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, Dobermans, and Belgian Sheepdogs were also among the breeds tried in the KNPV tests. As most other breeds used declined over the years one breed stood out and received more and more titles each and every year, and that breed was the Belgian Malinois.
Belgian Malinois are the best fit when it comes to KNPV because they are naturally good strong willed, and genetically bread with sound nerves and are a much harder dog than most breeds. Amongst other breeds they are very intelligent and possesses a strong desire to work. Belgian Malinois are naturally protective of their owners but are known to be not overly aggressive. Each year there are 800-1000 dogs titled KNPV each year with 90% of them being Belgian Malinois with the exception of 1% being German Shepherds. There are only a few KNPV German Shepherd breeders in the world and CCK9 is proud to be one of only a couple in North America.
Remember that KNPV is a sporting title and a certification program for civilians to train dogs and not necessarily a title that is given to represent a personal protection dog. Personal protection dogs are specifically trained to protect and having a KNPV title is just a bonus to any qualified trained protection dog.
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