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Personal Protection Dog..

Discussion in 'Personal Security Devices & Self-Defense' started by Safety1st, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. Safety1st

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    Private dogs are subject to the Dangerous Dogs Act; http://www.opsi.gov.uk/ACTS/acts1991/ukpga_19910065_en_1

    That covers out of control dogs and dogs belonging to 'banned breeds'..

    In the circumstances we're talking about, a successful prosecution against you for your dog biting a burglar or a mugger is extremelly unlikely. In fact, in over 12 years of law enforcement, I can't remember any one such occasion. More often than not, the family pooch stands by and watches whilst the lady of the house is raped and murdered.

    Although my dog is a 'family member' and a pet, she's also a personal protection dog. I'd rather she gave her life, than me, my wife or kids. Harsh, but fair and honest.
     
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    Here is our pack. Three dutch shepherds and english springerspaniel. Dutchies are not trained for protection (obedience and rescue are our thing), but I think that no one will attack me when I´m with them. Spaniel is my hunting dog.

    [img width=640 height=324]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v178/coturnix/P9190039.jpg[/img]
     
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    gorgeous dogs coturnix.
     
  5. Safety1st

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    We've not done any agility training for a month or so.... but we did a bit this afternoon... She did ok, could always be better - but I'm not complaining too much...

    Here's some pictures I managed to take... and share with you guys...


    First off, the See-Saw. The trick of course, is training her to wait at the point of balance, to counter weight the other side and then calmly walking down.... She wants to do everything at Mach5, so it's a bit of an ordeal slowing her down, but she's getting the hang of it.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/phone1778.jpg[/img]
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/phone1767.jpg[/img]
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/phone1768.jpg[/img]
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/phone1769.jpg[/img]



    Then the weave poles. Originally, very difficult to train her to do it properly, but now it's falling into place and she's got the hang of it.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/phone1771.jpg[/img]
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/phone1772.jpg[/img]
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/phone1773.jpg[/img]



    Finally, the A-Frame. Not a particularly difficult piece of equipment, but there are places to loose points, like jumping of too early and not touching the lower boards on the other side.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/phone1774.jpg[/img]
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/phone1775.jpg[/img]
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/phone1776.jpg[/img]
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/phone1777.jpg[/img]

    Next one of Xena resting following a bite session....
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Posing%20pictures/phone1665.jpg[/img]


    In her beloved cage/box in the car;
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Posing%20pictures/phone1703.jpg[/img]


    Showing a few teeth guarding the 'bite pillow';
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    Posing one after a training session; (I'm even smiling a bit, ;D )
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    Finally, perfecting the gymnastic routine on the long beam;
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Posing%20pictures/phone1727.jpg[/img]
     
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    Safety1st I just wanted to say great posts, I have never trained a dog for protection purposes but I have for therapy and service purposes and some of those keys about the right breeding, the right conditioning and training and then continued training are the same, good to see what your doing and how your doing it.
     
  7. Safety1st

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    :highfive:

    Thanks very much... I really appreciate that.

    There's many of the things that are relevant in your training that are also pertinent and valuable in my style of training.

    What I hope to get across, both in posts, but especially in pictures - is that a protection dog doesn't have to be a mean and aggressive guard dog. It's a dog that is confident, calm, obedient and most of all controllable. Without control, power is nothing.

    I hope that by seeing how controllable a dog like Xena obviously is, from the pictures above, it may dispell some of the myths and concerns about 'protection dogs'....
     
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    Safetyfirst do you get to use your force's courses to train Xena?
     
  9. Safety1st

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    I train at several places... the more the merrier. Never let the dog become complecent or too comfortable at a location. Keeps them sharp to move training locations...
     
  10. Safety1st

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    A week to go now before the next working trial/competition...

    Some final manwork/protection/bite training tomorrow to sort out any last minute problems..

    The other day we did some obedience/agility training, just Xena and I. (The training field was empty, apart from a few horses). I was only my own, so had to work the camera as well as her. It's good training for her, that in itself, as I have to leave her to get into position, whilst she then completes the obstacle. Whereas normally, I'd be alongside her.

    Here's some pictures I thought came out well;

    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/catwalk1.jpg[/img]
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/catwalk2.jpg[/img]
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/catwalk3.jpg[/img]

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    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/tunnel1.jpg[/img]
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/tunnel2.jpg[/img]


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    Then some posing pictures finally, in the usually warm weather;

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    Finally, a couple of shots to show how dependable and controllable a well trained personal protection dog can be around other animals and distractions ;

    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Posing%20pictures/xenaandhorse1.jpg[/img]
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Posing%20pictures/xenaandhorse2.jpg[/img]
     
  11. Corbs

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    Are there many trials for Security/police type dogs? Or is it agility etc. ?
     
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    Safety First, I enjoy the pics as they come on line & keep them coming. Good luck for the upcoming trial.
     
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    This is Buster, the attack beagle.
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    He did bark once at the wife coming up the stairs in curlers, but at the time, we both thought it was a monster.
     
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    We competed today in the Yorkshire Working Dog and Service Competition and did quite well.

    There were 17 dogs that entered, with 2 withdrawing half way through with injuries

    Xena and I came 2nd in the obedience section.


    In the agility section we came 1st !...
    We also came 1st in the manwork/protection.


    However, in the stop/recall element (which carries a wopping 50 points) she failed to stop, which resulted in 0 points!.
    Only 4 dogs managed this discipline, but it had huge effects on the final results.

    All things caculated, we finished a respectable 4th place overall, with an individual trophy for coming 1st in the agility (losing only 1 point out of 80)...

    A great day, really pleased... ... :)

    Here's some pictures;

    Firstly a quick pose before we go on, Xena checking I know what I'm doing.
    [img width=480 height=640]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Posing%20pictures/Obedience.jpg[/img]

    The walk onto the protection field, Xena already in "I'M READY FOR 'EM" mode:evil:
    [img width=640 height=379]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Working%20Pictures/Thewalkout.jpg[/img]

    Being presented with trophy for coming 1st in the agility round.
    [img width=640 height=498]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Posing%20pictures/Congrats1.jpg[/img]

    Final pose of the day on a dry stone wall;
    [img width=640 height=480]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/protectionk9/Xena%20Posing%20pictures/1stPrizeAgilty.jpg[/img]


    O0
     
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    Congrats! O0
     
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    Great job! Back to work now :p
     
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    That was true, I was working evening/ night shift after the competiton...! I was very tired.... :(

    Anyway, back to training now, ready for the National Trials on the 4th July..

    This video is from last night... enjoy;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh8FMCzpKXw


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    Well done! I was lucky enough to see a demonstration by Dorset Police dog section the other weekend, but they were all rescue pups or donated, interestingly.