Posts Tagged ‘Personal Protection Dog’
Friday, December 24th, 2010
In the Netherlands, during the early 1900′s, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging was founded. KNPV was first created because there was not a organization whose goal was to organize training of police dogs. These founders wanted to spread the knowledge of this type of training. KNPV conducts police dog trials and then offers certificates. The certificates that they give out to the dogs are respected and coveted by many around the world. In the early days of KNPV the organization would put through the trials many different breeds such as the Bouvier des Flandres. Other breeds such as German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, Belgian Sheepdogs, and Dobermans were also among the breeds tried in the KNPV trials.
Most breeds are not cut out for these types of trials. That is because each trial requires a dog that has great nerves, physical strength, agility and stamina. One breed that fits all of these qualities is the Bouvier des Flandres. The Bouvier des Flandres, often referred to simply as the Bouvier originated in Belgium as a work dog around the farm. The types of tasks they would perform would be things such as cart pulling, cattle herder, and a messenger dog. The Bouvier is powerfully built, rough-coated, and all around a strong looking breed. Its tough double coat protects this breed in all weather, which allows them to perform their best always.
The Bouvier, in todays world are no longer being used for the KNPV program, for they have been bred incorrectly and cannot do the sport of KNPV. This breed is also not a good option to make a good personal protection dog for they are too weak in the nerves. The only breeds that are recommended to handle the work of a protection dog in todays world is the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois and the Dutch shepherd, and with these breeds, there are only 1% of that can do the work.
Remember that KNPV has always been a sporting title and a certification program for civilians to train dogs. I no way does the KNPV represent a title or a quality of a personal protection dog. The tests that are put forth through the trials of KNPV do not even come close to all of the qualities, skills, and nerves that a great personal protection dog embody.
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.
Friday, November 12th, 2010
Starting in the early 1900’s Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging (K.N.P.V.), translated as “Royal Dutch Police Dog Sport”, was created to test the breeding potential of working dogs to ensure their bloodlines remained strong. This program has provided trained working dogs to police, military, and rescue organizations. Certificates that are offered in this organization are among the most coveted and respected in world. Dogs that undergo this training are demanded of great character, physical strength agility and stamina. There are many different exercises and training programs that the dogs go through in K.N.P.V.. Points are given in each each part of the K.N.P.V., each part of it consists of different exercises with over 50 exercises in all. An example of one of these training exercises is the bicycle exercise.
The K.N.P.V. bicycle exercise is an essential exercise that evaluates the dog on how it will handle an assailant fleeing on a bicycle. The exercise reviews the dog in five different areas; waiting & obeying command, way of pursuit, way of stopping, out, non biting and guarding. Each area starts out with a decoy (playing an assailant) fleeing on a bicycle, each area of this exercise has a max score of 5 points. The handler will give the dog a command while the decoy is fleeing on the bicycle and in one of the areas of the exercise the dog must bite the decoy in an attempt to stop him. Early in K.N.P.V. this part of the exercises the dogs were trained to bite the decoy on an arm or upper body but after some time they had to change the bite location to the legs because too many decoys were being injured falling off of the bicycles. The total points scored in the complete K.N.P.V. bicycle exercise is 30 points out of the complete 440 points for a perfect K.N.P.V. score.
Even though K.N.P.V. is a sporting title and not all of the exercises relate to a personal protection dog, there are a lot of exercises that do relate such as the bicycle exercise. If you were robbed or injured by an assailant and he tried fleeing on a bicycle your personal protection dog could possibly attack or stop the assailant.
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.
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.
Thursday, June 10th, 2010
In today’s world, the risk of cancer is incredibly high. Thankfully, society has been working harder than ever in the effort towards cancer prevention and treatment. Considering the importance behind early detection of cancer, the thought that a canine might be able to detect early signs of cancer by scent alone is extremely promising.
The idea that a dog’s sense of smell might be powerful enough to detect cancer took off after a victim of skin cancer noticed their canine repeatedly sniffing and showing an interest in a skin lesion, which turned out to be melanoma. It is well known that certain breeds of dog are able to detect certain chemicals in the air in quantities as low as parts per trillion, and considering that certain cancers release specific toxins not released by healthy cells, it may be entirely possible for a dog to detect cancer. Over the past 4 years, there have only been a couple studies testing the theory that a dog can detect cancer in a patient. While both studies have had promising results, showing a rate of accuracy as high as 88%, they were both only preliminary tests, and used only a small sample of the population.
Regardless of whether or not a dog is actually able to detect cancer by scent, it remains that any type of sniffer dog must be specifically trained for that purpose. However, the incident that originally sparked interest in cancer detection brings up an interesting point about dogs, such as personal protection dogs, that work closely with their owners; canines are incredibly in-tune with the health of their handlers. Whether or not your German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois has been specifically trained to sniff out cancer, there is a good chance that it will recognize and respond to any kind of illness.
Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
In German Shepherds, standing ears have been a staple of the breed’s appearance since the very first were bred in the early 1900′s. Unlike other breeds whose ears must be painfully cropped, the German Shepherd has been bred for ears that stand naturally, without the need for unnecessary surgery. Not only do standing ears give the appearance of alertness, but they more effectively channel sound, and are less prone to dirt and infection.
Many people take it for granted that a German Shepherd’s ears have always stood erect. However, German Shepherd puppies go through a process of growth in which the cartilage in their ears firms up, allowing them to stand. When the puppies are first born, their ears are much too soft to stand on their own. In the majority of puppies, the ears will naturally begin to stand between about 3 to 6 months with no extra help. Unfortunately, some puppies are born with softer ears than others, or cartilage that does not firm up enough for the ears to stand. The process of taping ensures that their ears will set properly, in the shape which was intended for the breed. It should be stressed that the majority of pups will have ears that stand naturally. Ear taping should only be used on pups who have shown no signs of standing ears after about 5 or 6 months.
The process of ear taping should not be left too late. In many cases, starting taping at 7 or 8 months may already be too late. It is important to monitor the growth of your dog’s ears, and how they react to noise. Making noise and giving commands will encourage the pup to work the muscles around their ears, and encourage standing. If, by the 5th month, your pups ears have not shown signs of beginning to stand, you should consider taping. While it is recommended to have a vet tape the ears, it can be done at home as well. The most important consideration is to make sure that the right type of tape is used. Only clean surgical tape should be used. Any other type of tape, such as duct tape or scotch tape, can seriously damage your dog’s ears. It is also important to purchase a safe adhesive, specifically designed for use on skin. The process of taping the dog’s ears is fairly simple. You will need some form of soft cylindrical form to place in the ear-flap. The foam inside of hair-rollers, with the hard plastic parts removed, often work well. Apply the skin-bond glue to the foam, being careful not to apply excessive glue, allow the glue to contact your own skin, or allow the glue to drip into the ear of the dog. Gently place the foam along the inside flap of the ear, in an upright fashion. Leave space between the foam and the ear canal. Tape the ear around the foam in a cylindrical fashion, starting from the bottom. Be careful not to tape too loosely or too tightly, and you should be done.
Whether you have a police dog, a guard dog or a personal protection dog, healthy ears are an important part of your German Shepherd puppy‘s development. If, at any time, you are in doubt about the health your puppy, you should never hesitate to contact your veterinarian for advice.
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Many women come to us trying to decide if a Personal Protection Dog is right for them. The truth is that nearly 70% of our clientele are single women and mothers. Knowing this, we ensure that all of our protection dogs undergo training with female handlers in order to make a smoother transition to their future owners. We also ensure that all of our protection dogs are well socialized and good with children. Our dogs are ideal for canine protection because they can be taken anywhere including airports, to the mall, or to public parks. This means that you get true 100% protection no matter where you go.
The dogs we sell here are very special. We do not buy from wholesalers because they do not produce high quality dogs. Only about 1% of the dogs we see are actually good enough to go through our training program. The breeds we use are also very important. German Shepherds are the most common and most popular breed that we train to be protection dogs, while Belgian Malinois are a close second. All of our German Shepherd puppies and Belgian Malinois puppies come from top of the line litters. They are the best of the best.
To conclude: if you feel that you or your children deserve the safety and security of true protection, then a CCK9 Personal Protection Dog is right for you.
Thursday, January 21st, 2010
When a dog is introduced into a new home, it establishes its place among the other members of the household, and establishes them as part of its pack. It is natural for a dog to place all members of its perceived pack into a hierarchy, and to attempt to place themselves as high as possible in this hierarchy. A dog will understand through training that the humans in the household are the ones in charge. However, when multiple dogs are present, the ways in which they establish dominance over each other can cause problems. Fortunately, these problems can be avoided.
The most important step is the initial meeting. Before bringing a new dog into the household, it is best to introduce it to your resident dogs in a neutral area outside of the home. Dogs are territorial, and the introduction of your new protection dog into an area that your resident dogs perceive as their territory may cause them to act aggressively towards the new addition to your household. Bringing them to a neutral space allows them to build trust and cooperation. Allow them to sniff each other briefly, and then bring their attention back to the handler for positive reinforcement. This should be done with a separate handler for each dog in order to maintain a sense of control, and each dog should be kept on a leash. Take note of posture, and be on the lookout for signs of aggression such as low growling, bared teeth or a prolonged stare.
Once the dogs appear to be comfortable in each others’ presence, you may bring them home. Ensure that each dog has its own resting area, food bowl, water bowl, leash etc. They will establish a sense of hierarchy amongst themselves, but you should watch to ensure this occurs peacefully. Take note of which dog appears to have established leadership between them. At feeding time, feeding the lead dog first can help prevent problems.
Protection dogs and security dogs are trained and bred for obedience. However, you cannot always expect the same from household pets. Following the above steps will help ensure that the introduction of your new personal protection dog will go as smoothly as possible.
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