As a dog lover and owner for virtually all my life, I have seen some other dog owners make some mistakes in their pet selections and training.

This is particularly true in the case of protection dogs for both family and business security. This has prompted me to launch this site to help dog owners make the best choices when they are searching for a guard dog or a family dog that will be a good watchdog.

The wonderful thing about "Man’s Best Friend" is that dogs make wonderful pets and also can provide all the security we need. This site will provide:

  • Information and advice for persons who are about to purchase a dog and want the security it can provide.
  • Training advice, books, and videos for both personal and K9 security purposes.
  • The best types and breeds of guard and security dogs–what to look for and how to recognize a dog best suited for providing security in both a family and business/security environment.
  •  Information about "working dogs" and which breeds are also suited for providing personal security.
  • Where to buy the best protection dog to suit your needs. 

There are several prerequisites you need for finding the right protection dog.

  1.  Define Your Needs– Any search for a reliable protection dog begins with first defining what you need.This might sound obvious to many but when you have a clear idea of what you need from a protection dog, your selection will be a better one.
  2. Training–Next, you need to decide if you want to train the dog yourself or purchase an already-trained dog. The latter option is best suited for guard dogs used for protection of businesses, military and police purposes, protection of dignitaries and high-level executives. Professionally trained dogs don’t come cheap and some cost as much as $75,000. Even a trained personal protection dog for the family can cost $20,000.However, there are many good training schools available that will train both you and your dog so that you can end up with a superior security dog that’s also your best friend.

Training

No matter if you purchase a dog that has already been trained, or if you decide to train your dog yourseld, you MUST see that the dog is trained properly in order for it to meet your needs. If you plan on training your dog yourself, be prepared to spend at least a month with daily training sessions and repeated refresher sessions after that. If you don’t do this, you will end up being disappointed if you expect your pet to be a reliable protection dog. The rescue centers are filled with great dogs, many of which were given up because their owners didn’t take the time to train their dogs properly, then became frustrated and angry with their pets and took them to a pound. My last two dogs were the best pets I’ve ever owned and I got them both at a pet rescue center. After I took them to obedience school and worked with them, they turned out to be wonderful. I always think of their original owners who foolishly gave up on these gems! Lucky me!

Temperment

Any dog you buy or adopt should have a good temperment. If you buy one from a breeder, ask if they have papers for its mother and father, and you’ll be able to ascertain the quality of it breeding. If you are purchasing your dog from a rescue center or pound, there are ways you can find a dog with an even-keeled temperment.

Observe the dog in his cage, and if there are other dogs with him, see if he’s seems overly hyper or lethargic. A high-strung dog will get too excited over minor occurrences, jump up on furniture, etc., and drive you crazy. If the dog seems too lethargic, he might not be well suited for protection purposes. The best dog is one that appears to be even-keeled–he doesn’t go crazy when he sees people enter the cage area or he doesn’t just sleep through the whole encounter.

Then, if the seller or rescue center will permit it, take the dog out in the yard for some one-on-one interaction. See how the dog  responds to you. If it is hostile or is hyperactive, it might not be a good dog to adopt. If the dog looks at you for direction (a sign of some training) and is generally friendly to you and responds to your direction on his leash, then he would most likely make a good pet.

Enjoy Protection Dogs. Org and please feel free to leave some questions or comments.

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