Archive for December, 2010
Monday, December 13th, 2010
It is very important to work and train your protection dog in the environment that it is going to be placed in. For example, if you are selling dogs for the military your dog should be trained and housed in a field environment. If you are selling personal protection dogs for family home estate security then the dog should be trained on the street to prepare it for the world it will be working and living in. Just as soldiers are trained under working conditions protection dogs need to be also trained in their working environments. Being street trained is so important on many levels because there are many things that can distract your protection dog from its job of protecting, such as weather or street noise. A good dog has to be trained in all weather conditions, from extreme temperature differences to extreme weather conditions. In fact when one is training their dog in obedience under bad weather conditions such as a thunder storm, this removes the stress of the obedience, as one knows obedience is the only unnatural form for any dog. Street noises such as a passing police car or fire truck can be a very distracting thing for a dog but if you train the dog on the street from the beginning with these distractions they will become use to them and learn to ignore them in the future. When you get the dog comfortable with its environment, not only will it be a great protection dog it will also have good street smarts as well.
Unfortunately a lot of companies out there that are supposedly buying and selling protection dogs are really just selling there customers sporting dogs. These dogs have never worked or trained in a street environment in their lives. Most of these dogs are trained on a groom field or at the club house, and then brought home to be put in a kennel environment. We train all our German Shepherd, and Belgian Malinois puppies from a young age on the street each and every day. Not only do we make sure that all of our dogs are comfortable with their future working environments so that they can be the best when coming to protect you and your family we also make sure that each protection dog is social with other people and good with there own kind.
Friday, December 10th, 2010
A guard dog, could potentially become a large part of your life and family. So it is important that you know what you are getting yourself into when purchasing the dog. Most dogs are territorial and watchful over their families, however there are some breeds that are more naturally suited. Some breeds are genetically born with the right amount of guard drive that takes to be a good protection dog. A dog breed called the Argentine Dogo has the potential to be a great one. Originating in Argentina, the Argentine Dogo was developed in the 1920s, by a doctor who desired a dog that could pack hunt and also provide protection for a family. The Argentine Dogo is a mutt that results from the crossing of dogs like the Irish Wolfhound, Pointer, Bull Terrier, Great Dance, Spanish Mastiff, Bulldog and the Great Pyrenees. It resulted in creating a strong, and fearless breed. The Argentine Dogo possess characteristics that make it a wonderful guard dog. They are considered to be playful, social, and very good with children. This breed is sometimes reserved with strangers until learning who is accepted by the family. It is a very intelligent breed and is fairly easy to train. They can excel if they are trained firm and consistent. As well as making an wonderful guard dog, the Argentine Dogo could make an amazing guide dog for the blind.
One of the ingredients that make a good guard dog are good nerves. The build of an Argentine Dogo can sometimes be intimidating, this is only because they are very muscular. In order to maintain its strong muscular structure, this breed needs to have plenty of physical exercise. The Argentine needs to be socialized with people and dogs from an early age. Training for this breed could sometimes be challenging because they are constantly intrigued by smells and sights around them. In order to successfully train them, you must keep their attention at all times. They are also strong-willed and independent, they will thrive though if their owner is equally consistent and confident.
Of course, one cannot assume that any dog of a favorable breed will be suitable for work as a guard dog. Every dog is different, and choosing a suitable guard dog happens on an individual basis. However, the basis of a good guard dog is good genetics, and nerves, the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherd have some of the best bloodlines, which have been bred for years to be the very best.
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
As a protection dog owner, you have taken the responsibility of doing anything possible to ensure that your dog is happy and healthy. This responsibility is not always something that everyone takes to heart. Sometimes people get so caught up in their own lives that they forget about their dog’s needs and well being. It is very important for you to understand your protection dog’s needs in order to fulfill them successfully. The basic need of your dog which you should most definitely know are food, water, and shelter. You should be well aware as a protection dog owner that your dog needs to be fed regularly and have water available for them at all times. Also your dog needs exercise, bathing and grooming, these are all necessary in order to ensure that your dog has the proper nutrition and stays healthy. Another need that is necessary to keep your protection dog healthy is stimulation. Your dog’s brain needs to be stimulated often, in order to keep them satisfied and balanced. What many people do not realize is that your dog need the mental stimulation by watching everything around them, this can be done by simply taking them for a walk.
Consistency, it is something that is essential for your protection dog to have, in order to feel safe and secure. Your dog needs to feel like part of your family, meaning that you must think of it as such. You must include them in family activities. It is important for you to assess your current situation before bringing a dog into your home, because it is not fair for them if you neglect them due to your busy life. Your protection dog needs to socialize with other dogs and people starting from when he is just a puppy. A responsible dog owner will provide their protection dog with medical care, including taking them to the vet regularly for shots and check-ups. If you ever have to leave your dog for something like a vacation, it is crucial to consider ahead of time what you will do with them. If you choose to board them, visit the kennel in person to make sure that it is a clean, safe, inviting environment, so you know that your dog will be taken care of. More than anything it is important to know that one of the most important needs of your dog is love. It is essential for you and your family to give your dog as much love as you possibly can. Treat your protection dog in a way that is kind, loving way and in return they will learn to love and respect you.
Monday, December 6th, 2010
Line breeding is the mating of two individuals that share one or more common ancestor. There are many different degrees of this type of breeding, such as close line breeding. Close line breeding is often used to describe matches like a uncle and niece, two half siblings, or a grandfather and granddaughter. The purpose of this type of breeding is to ultimately make the breed stronger, such as the Dutch Shepherd, this is done by using one ancestor as a “pivot point”. This means that each generation is planned to utilize the genetic benefits of that one Dutch Shepherd ancestor. The breeder will keep combining the dogs in ways to eliminate weaknesses through the generations. The goal for the breeder is to maximize and build on the strengths of that Dutch Shepherd ancestor. Many species line breed naturally, however, many do not because of the limited number of available mates.
Along with other types of breeding there are both advantages and disadvantages to line breeding. An advantage is that the breeder mostly knows what they are going to achieve as a result of this type of breeding. Line breeding is the most common form of breeding used by hobby breeders. This is because it allows them to learn the strengths and weaknesses of the dogs they are working with. For example, it allows they to know what types of physical and temperament traits will be present in each litter. Overall it gives the breeder the opportunity to set desired characteristics. There are a few disadvantages that this type of breeding has however. One being that there is a chance that some characteristics could be set in your line that you do not want. These unwanted traits are then usually very hard to lose. Also, because of the fact that the breeder is working within a small gene pool, they risk the loss of hybrid vigor. Hybrid vigor is when a offspring is born with stronger, healthier characteristics. For example a Dutch Shepherd puppy could be born with a much stronger build and temperament than its parents. Without question line breeding can be both beneficial and risky, but like always it is the breeder’s decision on what chances they are willing to take when breeding dogs.
Friday, December 3rd, 2010
An outcross, is the mating of two largely unrelated animals within the same breed. This type of breeding has been thought of by many breeders as very dangerous. They think this because outcrossing dilutes the qualities of a line and creates a disastrous situation. There have been numerous cases of where breed has gone extremely wrong because of outcross breeding. But before you make the judgement of whether or not outcross breeding is a good idea, it is important to have a good understanding of it. Again an outcross, is when two animals are mated but are completely unrelated. Most people do not realize that virtually every dog in a certain breed can be traced back through their pedigrees as being related. For example if you are mating two German Shepherds, look at their pedigrees to see if they have any family in common. If you do not look far back enough there is a chance that they will be related, making this not a apparent outcross. One of the best ways to determine whether mating two dogs will result in a outcross or not is by calculating their COIs. The COI is calculated over ten generations, fewer would not represent the background accurately. After calculating, if you find out that the cross is low (under 6.25%), or at least substantially lower than the lowest parental COI, then it will be confirmed as a outcross.
Outcross breeding has both advantages and disadvantages. Many specialists advise that an outcross should be performed only if necessary. When you perform an outcross one of the disadvantages that you will more than likely come across is having a “heterogeneous lot”. This mean that all of your offspring will display barely any uniformity. For example, if you breed two unrelated Belgian Malinois, their offspring will turn out one of three ways. Some will look like their mother, or their father, and some will look like neither at all. After breeding a outcross the appearance of the offspring’s similarities and differences are immediately noticeable in their appearance; however, in their health and temperament it will take longer. Breeders ultimately risk the danger of losing any breed type they desire to retain. One advantage of outcross breeding is Hybrid Vigor. Hybrid Vigor is a outcross resulting in healthier and stronger offspring. However, obviously not all outcross breedings will result in a Hybrid Vigor. This type of breeding is one that should be taken very seriously by all breeders, because the hopes of maintaining their breed may be at risk.
Remember that when purchasing a German Shepherd or any other breed for that matter it is always best to find a reputable breeder and be aware of things such as outcrossing, inbreeding, etc.
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
Not many will know the answer to this question, most will not even know what an ouch tolerance is. One of the common definitions for tolerance is, the act or capacity of enduring, and this definition coincides well with ouch tolerance. Ouch tolerance is when your protection dog gives a yelp after giving them a leash correction when disciplining them. If your dog steps out of line, by no means never should you hit, kick or yell at the dog. Instead discipline them by giving them a leash correction, which in turn triggers their ouch tolerance. A scale is used to determine your dog’s tolerance, it ranges from 1 to 10, 10 being the highest and 1 the lowest. Every dog has a different threshold, in terms of their ouch tolerance correction. If your dog has a low tolerance, this does not mean that they are weak. All this means is that your dogs is handler sensitive, and for some a dog with a lower ouch tolerance works better. This is especially true for elderly people who own a protection dog.
While training a protection dog, the dog’s ouch tolerance can usually be determined. When you are training your dog on a leash, you can detect it best. This is because you will be able to tell when your dog yelps or how much it takes them to yelp after correcting them on a leash. Training your dog on a leash can occur by simply walking down a street. There are certain pieces of equipment that are often necessary for this kind of training. A prong collar is often used because it has a better effect, unlike a flat collar that has little to no effect. Prong collars are used in the learning face, obedience, basics obedience, and intermediate face of the obedience training. A very lazy and unbeneficial way to train your protection dog is the electric collar, or more commonly referred to as the shock collar. It is important to correct your protection dog accordingly, whether its is a German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, or Dutch Shepherd. For example, if they do not sit when you come to a stop sign, it is not the end of the world. If a protection dog has a certain ouch tolerance, you should take this into consideration for your correction level; for example, if your dog has a ouch tolerance of a five, then the correction level should be a three. There must always be a constant communication between you are your dog, and it is important to treat your dog fair, but firm.
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