Protection dog videos

I’m going to drop off my ballot (and Mrs. WOWO’s ballot) today, so our civic duty will be done. It’s all filled out and ready to go. I don’t feel like talking about politics. I’m tired of all the anger. I don’t think I’ve lost any friendships, but I’m sure that there are lots of people who are angry at me. I hope I haven’t pissed off anyone here. I’m not sure that I have anything to say that hasn’t been said, although I’m also sure that there probably will be more to say after Tuesday. So until there’s something else that needs to be said, I’m just going to post dog videos. Today, I’ll post about protection dogs.

The first video is the one above, which is a video above protection dogs and “attack on command.” I’m glad to hear that good dogs just don’t attack on command. I had no idea that the dogs actually exercise their own judgment. I like the videos from these guys about protection dogs. If you’ve got $65,000 to spend on one, you can check out their main video brochure here. Those GSD (German Shepherd Dog) puppies are really cute!

This guy also looks like he trains good protection dogs:

I’m amazed by the level of obedience that he’s able to get. His dogs probably cost just as much.

You’ve got this guy too:

It’s all good, but when I saw that dog owner step off of a private jet, it convinced me that it might be a tad bit out of my price range.

By the way, if you do get a dog for protection, you probably still have to pay for training. Domesticated dogs will seldom fight against humans unless they are trained for it. Just having a big dog might be scary enough to dissuade most criminals, but if you want your dog to bite, he or she will probably need training:

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Here’s another news report with the same results.

Training for protection isn’t cheap. Plus, breed and breeding both matter. There are only a few breeds that are well-suited to protecting a family: GSD’s (German Shepherd Dogs), Belgian Malinois, and Giant Schnauzers are supposed to be the best, while Rottweilers and Dobermans are also supposed to be good. Most of the good protection dogs are bred in Europe, where they put more emphasis on protection sports. According to what I’ve read, most American breeders breed for looks and conformation, while countries in Europe often have behavior and temperament requirements that dogs must meet prior to breeding. In other words, in Europe they’re bred to work. But that’s not to say that Americans don’t ever breed good protection dogs. There are always exceptions. Dogumentary TV has got some great videos showcasing the exceptions (support his Patreon here):

Pit Bulls are known for being fierce, but they were never actually bred to fight men–they were bred to fight each other. Most dog trainers I’ve seen believe that the bad reputation comes from abusive owners. However, it looks like well-raised and well-trained Pit Bulls can in fact become good protection dogs:

I like Mr. K9 because he’s got a social responsibility component as well. He’ll train your Pit Bull for free! This is especially important since the shelters are teeming with this kind of dog.

11 thoughts on “Protection dog videos

  1. Have you seen the pit bull attack injuries from emergency rooms and medical journals? Or the autopsy photos?

    Dog lovers are running a con game on the general public. If we’re supposed to believe that other dogs can have temperaments bred into them, why the double standards when it comes to pit bulls? When pit bulls attack, why is it suddenly the owner’s fault and not the breed itself, when you consider that these dogs were originally bred to do nothing else but kill each other and other animals for sport, in a ring, in a gruesome manner?

    At present, current medical technology treats injuries from dog bites quite well… but not the pit bull. If a pit bull bites, there is a high chance of severe mutilating and/or handicapping injuries, without a chance for doctors to salvage. There is a radical difference between suturing cheek muscles together and doing something to reduce the small puncture scars, versus the loss of tissue and bone that comes from a pit bull attack, because pit bulls swallow what they chew and grind off.

    The pit bull is a human mistake. The greatest mercy we can show them is to euthanize them.

  2. Sengge,

    So I haven’t worked much with pit bulls, but lots of people say it’s the owners. For example, one trainer quoted a statistic that pit bull owners are more likely than the average dog owner to have a prison record. The idea is that these people abuse their dogs and turn them into attackers.

    He didn’t quote anything regarding the prison rates of Doberman owners. I am guessing that it’s much cheaper to get a pit bull then a Doberman, GSD, or Schnauzer, so maybe this could explain it.

  3. Why are these people attracted to pit bulls? It’s because of what the breed has been proven to do, and how it has been observed to behave.

    For dogs that commit unprovoked attacks – defined as maulings committed without human detected warning, multiple bites or biting and chewing their teeth through tissue and through bone – the pit bull is right up there with the rottweiler and the wolf hybrid.

    Pit bulls have a tendency to seek out and attack other dogs as much as an “energetic” dog gets antsy and frustrated in a confined space. It’s the breed’s territoriality, their easily unleashed attack instinct, their unpredictable and rapid attempts to gain pack dominance, their susceptibility to negative stimuli and pressure.

    When it comes to the pit bull the dog lovers and industry advocates are doing as much harm as the convicts and criminals themselves by putting forth a fictional, anthropomorphized ideal of a dog that runs contrary to its real temperament and nature.

    You just have to compare the dog bite photographs. There are plenty if you dare to look. It’s like the difference between riding a bike where an accident gets you a scraped knee or riding something where an accident severely disfigures and handicaps you permanently, except that with these dogs the people around the owner are in as much risk as the owner themselves – and the risk is extreme.

    Pit bulls are not just a danger to the owner’s children, friends and family, and to their visitors. They are a danger to everybody in proximity to that dog, because no authority on this earth can keep an eye on every individual dog to see if has been acceptably “socialized” in a way that is counter to its in-bred nature.

  4. “if has been acceptably “socialized” in a way that is counter to its in-bred nature.”

    Racist.

  5. Sengge:

    I’ve been trying to train my terrier. She’s really smart, picks up things really quickly, and is at the top of her obedience training class. But one thing I’ve not yet been able to tame (and I’m just starting, so it’s not yet a sign of failure) is her prey drive. If she sees a squirrel, that’s all she sees. She’ll run through a car to get it (or more likely, a car will run through her). She’s most likely a rat terrier, and according to what I’ve read, she’s easier to train against her prey drive than most other terriers. But she’s still difficult.

    Why is it hard to train against this tendency? It’s because virtually all terriers were originally bred to KILL prey. That was the purpose of her ancestry, and it’s pretty unique even in the dog world. Whether the prey were foxes or rats or other small vermin, this breed was made to kill. It’s completely different from greyhounds that were bred to race, GSD’s that were bred to herd, bloodhounds that were bred to smell, or retrievers that were bred to retrieve. I sometimes watch Evie grab her rope toy in her mouth, shake it back and forth, and then throw it up in the air. From what I read, that’s what she would do if she saw a rat. She’d grab it by the head, shake it back and forth to break its neck, and toss it over her shoulder. Then she’d look for another rat.

    Pit Bulls are also terriers, and therefore they come from killing stock. They were crossed with bulldogs to give them size. I think the current wisdom is that you can trust Pit Bulls, but they need proper training. Otherwise, yes, they might be better off euthanized.

  6. Also, interesting thing I just found on flockguarding breeds:

    http://bullmastiffinfo.tripod.com/bullmast1.htm

    So it looks like guard dogs/protection dogs may not need training if they’re of the flockguarding breeds like the Bullmastiff, Kuvasz, or Komondor. These kinds of dogs will just instinctively use their mass to knock over an intruder (and I’m guessing that the thick sleeve wouldn’t protect a trainer acting as a decoy). When these protection dog trainers talk about needing a dog with “courage” to fight a man, the need for courage is probably a lot greater for a 90 lb. German Shepherd vs. a 130 lb. Bullmastiff who is almost the same size as the man he’s attacking. But the problem with having one of these kinds of dogs is that you’ve got a 130 lb. dog living in your home that you have to feed!

  7. Sengge:

    I think I need to take back some of what I said. I’ve been recently been reading reports in our area of pit bull attacks. Not on humans…on OTHER DOGS. Apparently lots of people have trouble walking their dogs in some public places because idiot owners let their pit bulls go off-leash. These off-leash pit bulls attack leashed dogs. As we both discussed, these dogs were bred to attack other dogs. And they do.

    The other day, my dog greeted a pit in an unleashed dog run. It was okay. But yes, it is a bit risky when that tendency is in its DNA.

  8. It will be difficult to regulate the owners without draconian laws being applied to them.

  9. I’m officially changing my stance on protection dogs and whether they’ll attack automatically.

    I don’t think it’s as reliable as some people think, but I think it’s not unlikely for a dog to go after someone who is attacking its owner. The dog above is just a puppy, long before the dog’s guard instincts are supposed to kick in (I think it’s supposed to be 1.5 years for a Rottie). I thought it was funny how they said that they took DNA samples from the dog’s teeth.

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