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Choosing a Dog for Protection

Protection Dogs...They Come in All Sizes

There are dogs who have the ability to protect people and property. Many of these dogs started off as workers in the outdoors guarding flocks, livestock and fields. They bring the same traits that made them good guard dogs to their homes even though they’re now companions.

Training is needed to socialize the dogs with the family, but they come prepared to defend in some way. Additional training is required so he can know the difference between something that threatens and that doesn’t.

The Usual Suspects
When thinking about protection, people usually think of the big, bully dogs, such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Rottweiler and the Doberman Pinscher. They’d be right, of course. These dogs can be very aggressive if they feel threatened or afraid and will bark and bite. Their bites can cause a lot of damage. Since they are the power breeds, they need an exceptional amount of training to know that the owner is the alpha dog. Otherwise, these dogs can be dangerous. Other large dogs that can protect and defend are the Bouvier des Flandres, the Boxer, the German Shepherd and the Mastiffs.

Usually, with their families all these dogs are big love bugs, but they will protect and even attack, when needed. The owner must ensure the dog is well-trained, and the owner is consistent with the dog at all times.

The Ones Who Alert
There are other dogs who aren’t tough-looking with rippling muscles, but who will alert with vociferous and furious barking at the very least. Some will nip and bite if pushed too far. Of course, the feisty terriers fall into this group since nearly all of them were bred to hunt vermin. The Airedale and the Scottish Terrier are fierce. The Scottie, in particular, will take on all comers, just a little black (usually) dynamo. Even the little Yorkshire Terrier will set up a ruckus if he feels endangered.

Non-terriers, such as the Chihuahua, the Dachshund, the Poodle some of the spaniels and the Shih Tzu are indefatigable when protecting their own. That means the family, the house and the yard are their domain, and they will bark their heads off if someone doesn’t have permission to enter or to touch their owners. And, if push comes to shove, they’ll bite.

Don’t let size fool you. Yes, the big dogs can look menacing and sometimes are, but there are little ones who will cause enough grief to discourage anyone who doesn’t belong. Just don’t forget to keep the dog socialized with the family because now they are all companion dogs.