Selecting a puppy for protection dog training

Selecting a puppy for protection dog training.

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We are often asked about what traits we look for when selecting a young dog to be trained for our family protection dog program. The first step is to screen pups that are bred from working protection dog stock as opposed to showing dog lines. The size of the protection dog or the texture of his coat is far less important than the way he learns. Protection dogs should demonstrate temperament in a consistent fashion through many generations when breeding is planned with consistent behavior as the prime goal. The ideal time to test a protection dog puppy is at six to nine weeks of age or as soon as the motor skills are developed. Puppy testing is performed as a series of games and maneuvers with young protection dogs. We like to employ staged games and maneuvers for choosing a puppy that will grow to potentially meet the needs of our family protection dog program. We examine his acceptance of strangers, confidence, protectiveness, trainability, innate dominance, and energy levels. While the various tests we perform are fairly intermediate and basic they do give us a good idea of which pups will have the traits desired to move ahead into our protection dog program. As with all young protection dog prospects, there is no test that can guarantee a young dog will grow into an animal that will have the temperament and trainability to continue moving forward through the more advanced protocols of our protection dog program. Our standards are extremely high during our selection process and only the most stable clear-headed dogs will be able to move forward in training and one day be considered a true family Pinnacle Protection Dog.

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