As a German Shepherd protection dog owner, it is important that you start socializing your puppy with people and places at a very young age. Although the socialization of a protection dog puppy is a bit different from the way you would normally socialize a domesticated dog, it is just as important that your dog is comfortable with it’s environment, and the people in it, at all times.
Bringing your puppy to places where other dogs are, will help him become more familiar and socialized with different types of dog breeds. It is alright for your puppy to interact with other dogs, but you must make sure that no other adult dogs try to scare, or bully him in anyway. It is extremely important that your puppy always feels safe during these trips so that in the future they are not uncomfortable about interacting with other dogs.
During the process of socializing your German Shepherd puppy we suggest taking him to places where many activities and crowds are present. Consider taking them to a park, a small town, or anywhere else involving people and activities. Your puppy not only needs to become accustomed with people and crowds, but to strange noises, objects and activities as well. It is important that while in these places they learn to pay attention to you and your commandments.
If your German Shepherd puppy seems to be afraid or uncomfortable with a certain person or object, it is your job to help the puppy feel comfortable. Try taking your dog slowly up to the person or object and gently place your hand on it. With a a calm but assertive voice reassure and encourage the puppy to sniff out or investigate it until it no longer seems afraid. When the puppy sees that you are comfortable, they will feed off of your energy and feel the same way.
Remember, it is very important to let your puppy become part of your life. Allow it to go with you when you go places, and let it interact with others that are in your life. Not only do you want your German Shepherd puppy to be social and friendly to animals, but also to other adults and children. As with any person the more your puppy interacts with children, the more they feel comfortable being around them. German Shepherd puppies are some of the most kid friendly animals on the planet.
Get your puppy out and about in the world allowing them to learn new areas, sites and sounds. Protection dogs are trained to assist their owners in any way possible. They are there to not only provide protection but to also be a loving member of the family.
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Television, the internet and viral videos alike have made false promises of training protection dogs with ease through the use of electric dog collars. The practice of using an electric dog collar on your protection dog is both inhumane and ineffective. It is the layman’s way.
In many of my visits to Holland, I’ve seen, first hand, exercises performed by the K.N.P.V. program in which they train the dog to find a box in the woods. The dog is to indicate on the box and do a bark and hold. Because the dog is not to mouth the box, the box is electrified to administer a shock. I personally disagree with this method of training, and I would never subject my German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois to electric shocks. However, history has also shown the unpredictability and unreliability of using electricity in training. Detection dogs were trained during World War II to detect mines. Trainers brought the dog’s attention to the ground using electric shocks administered through wires just under the ground’s surface. It was an attempt to train the dogs to anticipate danger in the ground. However, this had the unfortunate side-effect of making the dogs extremely nervous, which shortened their service-life dramatically. To train a dog to anticipate any form of pain will cause extreme and undue stress on the animal.
In today’s world, for a handler to properly communicate with his protection dog is almost a dying art.
Humans and dogs share a long history together. Of course, as much as human history has had it’s gruesome moments, the history of dogs has shared those moments with us. Some of the first roles of dogs in the military were as guard dogs in the armies of the ancient empires. The Huns trained giant Molossian dogs for use in battle, the Britons outfitted their mastiffs in spiked collars and chain mail, and the Romans formed platoons of attack dogs to use against infantry and cavalry. From the Egyptians, to the Greeks, to the Persians, it could be said that every great empire of the ancient world included dogs in their armies. Of course, as technology improved, and firearms become common-place on the battlefield, the role of dogs as attackers in the military became obsolete. Since then, countries have made attempts to include dogs in offensive military roles with limited success. The Soviet Union made attempts to train dogs to deliver explosive payloads to the under-sides of German tanks. Of course, the chaos of the modern battlefield, the inability for their dogs to distinguish between German and Russian tanks, and the ultimate demise of the dog upon detonation of the explosives all contributed to the end of this practice.
The roles of modern military working dogs, as well as the breeds used, lend themselves to the emergence of dogs as messengers, sentries and scouts. The use of messenger-dogs during the Seven Years’ War, guard dogs for the French navy during the 1770s, and the increased use of canine abilities to hunt and track snipers has led to a focus on intelligence and dexterity over raw power. While descendants of the original Mastiff breeds used by ancient Britons still perform guard and tracking duties in military and police roles today, the German Shepherd has enjoyed it’s place among the top breeds for military working dogs since the early 1900s. Originally bred in Germany for their intelligence, they quickly gained popularity throughout Europe, and even in America. However, the Germans continued to not only breed more intelligent and capable German Shepherds, but also German Shepherd puppies who were more capable of beginning training at a young age. Throughout the course of the Second World War, German military dogs, trained as early as five or six months old, easily outclassed dogs used by the allies. The reputation of German military dogs was so great that it prompted the US to begin what was known as the “Million-Dollar Dog Program” in an attempt to match the superiority of the military dogs used by the Germans. Soon after, the war ended, as did the Million-Dollar Dog program. However, both the German breeds as well as the practice of beginning training at five to six months has continued on in today’s military working dogs.
It’s always great to match a perfect dog with an equally perfect family. Deno a Male German Shepherd, Level II personal protection dog who graduated at the top of his class.
Deno passed the executive personal protection program with flying colors and is an expert at targeting the weapon hand when defending his family. His level of hardiness with his man-stopping devastation in defense and sound nerves. He was enrolled in the Level IIprogram when our clients, a couple with a Boy decided he fit the profile of everything they wanted. Deno acclimatized very well and seemed as delighted with our client’s family as they were with him.
Our clients are extremely pleased with their newest family member and we are pleased to have provided a dog that will not hesitate to come to our client family’s defense.
It’s deliveries like these that allows me to sleep at night, knowing that my client is in good hands.
The work that we do at CCK9 is unique and very special. As a rule, we usually do not release videos showing training. However, in this case we have made an exception. Our most recent litter of Belgian Malinois puppies are everything we were expecting and more. They are the product of breeding Cindy and Ducko, both Level III personal protection dogs. The above video shows Brutus taking a bite and holding onto a bite suit. He is only 5 weeks old. The other pups from this litter are also highly intelligent and are learning at the same level. As we have said before, genetics are a major factor in producing top notch, highly intelligent protection dogs. We took into account the genetics of both of the parents and grandparents in planning this litter. All will be suitable to train for our Level III program.
Without a doubt one of the most asked questions we get has to do with how protection dogs behave toward children.Without hesitation, the answer is “terrific”.Children and dogs have a fantastic connection with each other.
One of the most prominent differences between canines and wolves is that while wolves shun humans, dogs embrace them.This relationship is especially emphasized when one observes how dogs behave around children.Children are high energy, excitable and have a high-pitched, non-threatening voice.These qualities remind dogs of when they themselves where puppies, having fun in the whelping box with their littermates.Thus, dogs rarely see children as threatening.The feeling the dog has is much like how most humans feel when they see a baby.
Dogs have such a strong desire to bond with children that they will not hesitate in situations where they otherwise would.For instance, dogs are naturally leery of new surfaces and may hesitate at first to step on asphalt or sand.However, if a child is in a sandbox the puppy will step onto the sand without delay because the puppy’s desire to bond outweighs the risk of experiencing an unknown surface.
This relationship is highlighted every time we have a new litter.Our German Shepherd puppies, Dutch Shepherd puppies and most recent litter of Belgian Malinois puppies start to socialize with children very soon after birth.The puppies love the interaction and are happy and exhausted once the children leave.These same feelings continue into adulthood and are part of the reason that protection dogs are excellent for families with children or for specific child protection work.In addition, since dogs do not view children as threats, you never have to worry about your personal protection dog becoming defensive if your children are roughhousing or playing together.
We have zero tolerance for aggression toward children; none of the dogs we sell would ever feel defensive toward a child. Actually, their instinct to guard a child is higher than for an adult.This is why personal protection dogs are an excellent choice when considering security options for your family.CCK9 offers a popular child protection program. The second best thing to a mother’s protection, our dogs will safeguard your child in all situations.In the few instances where your child may be alone or you may be distracted, the child protection dog will be alert to any danger.If a predator or unknown person should attempt to touch or accost your child or children, the dog is trained to get in between them and bark in a threatening manner.In addition to other commands, our dogs are trained to assist in child rescue if there is ever a need.
Considering the security that trained dogs can and are eager to provide, it’s no wonder that dogs are called “man’s best friend”.
On a recent trip to Italy, I had the opportunity to visit the town of Pompeii.As you probably remember, this Roman town was buried in a volcanic eruption during the first century AD.The lava has been cleared away and the remaining town is remarkably intact.Many of the houses still remain, most with floor and wall mosaics depicting scenes or patterns.In the entrance of the first house I entered was an intact floor mosaic depicting a large black dog on a chain.The Latin inscription read “Beware of the Dog”.Several other homes had the same mosaic depicting a guard dog in their front entrance.Obviously, dogs played an important role as protector in the Roman culture.Most unfortunate, there was also a cast of a dog that had lost its life in the eruption.
Dogs have been an integral part of human history since they were first domesticated during the Paleolithic age.The earliest evidence of a dog helping a human was found in a cave in France.Prints and other evidence dated 26,000 years ago indicate that a child, holding a torch and accompanied by a dog, navigated the corridors of the cave.This is the earliest evidence known of what could be described as a guide dog.
Dogs have received the most esteem for the roles they have played in war, both in history and more recently.The Egyptians, Greeks and Persians built entire battalions of dogs suitable for combat.The mural depicting the Battle of Marathon celebrates a protection dog at the side of his or her master, engaging the invading Persians without hesitation. The Romans apparently never left home without their canine warriors; each legion was assigned its own company entirely made up of dogs.Napoleon, centuries later, sent his dogs into battle first.
Dogs’ loyalty to their handlers has been capitalized on throughout history.A discreet method of exchanging communications before phones became available, a dog with loyalty to two handlers would be sent from one to the other carrying messages.In addition to conveying information, loyal dogs have been trusted with dragging fallen soldiers to safety and transporting loads across great distances.
In the past, dogs were sent into battle wearing chainmail and a spiked collar.Warfare has changed, but even today they serve the same heroic function- only dressed in Kevlar. Dogs serving a variety of functions are not absent from current engagements in the Middle East.Mostly used for explosive detection and patrol, German Shepherds are utilized though Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherds are increasingly becoming more popular.
Canines have helped humans, and vice versa, for many thousands of years.As companions, protectors, and heroes their importance cannot only be seen in the past but will, for a long time, be valued in the future.
I have had many clients who have purchased a protection dog from me after having been the victim of a violent crime.These are some of the best deliveries because I know that their chances of having anything else happen will now be minimal.Plus, the victim will often say that getting a protection dog has made them feel safe again.It’s great to know that our dogs are helping some of our clients in ways that go beyond just providing security.
While training, we often reenact situations and scenarios that are most likely to occur in reality.In fact, I listen closely to our clients who have been in violent situations and tailor the training around the crime with the addition, of course, of a protection dog.As you can image, adding the dog makes the outcome completely different!
Sometimes I hear other trainers say that they never allow their dogs to “interpret a situation” and that their dogs will only become defensive on command, when you tell them to.I understand the motive behind this and agree to a point.It’s true, it is very important that the handler has complete control over a highly trained and possibly lethal protection dog.However, I have found through the years and from my clients that, when put in extreme circumstances, sometimes it is okay to allow the dog to come to your defense without receiving a verbal command.The key is to train the dog to understand not only verbal direction but physical cues as well.It can be done.
One of my female clients who had been the victim of a vicious assault by a stranger spoke in detail about how the crime was committed against her.In training I keep what she said in mind.In her circumstances, a stranger struck her from behind, in the back of the head, in an effort to incapacitate her.Lying on the ground but still conscious, she described the state of shock she went into. She explained that she was not able to speak immediately after being hit.Fortunately, she escaped but even as she dialed 911 her speech was extremely slurred and she was confused as a result of the head trauma.
This is a perfect example of when a protection dog needs to understand that his or her handler needs them to come to their defense. Although the victim would not have been able to give a verbal command, our dogs are trained to take physical cues from their handler.In this situation, the protection dog would have jumped into defensive mode and targeted the wrist of the hand holding the weapon.The dog would have continued to bite until the person left.This crime would most likely be prevented all together if the protection dog had been present since the dog is a visual deterrent alone.
Another situation would involve someone breaking into your home as you sleep.The dog must protect you even as you are awakening and not able to fully comprehend the danger you are in.Given the dog’s superior sense of smell, an unknown person shouldn’t even make it a few feet past the front door.
I know that this treads a fine line since, obviously, you don’t want your protection dog to defend you when, say, someone bumps your shoulder.So we at CCK9 focus on the difference and train our dogs to come to your defense when your body language demonstrates exceptional fear. Also, without a doubt, your protection dog will always respond to verbal commands indicating that you are not in danger.
So it really is to your advantage to have a protection dog that is able to interpret if their handler has or will be assaulted.With a properly trained dog, this ability doesn’t mean a loss in control or that you aren’t in charge.It just means that your dog is prepared to come to your defense when you need them most.