Jan 31, 2004, 5:09 AM
Post #3 of 3
Here's something I copied and pasted . Though it might not answer your questions directly,I hope it helps a little.(Just ignore the rott part and exchnage it with a dobe/GSD. It was written for a rott owner prospect.)
Are you looking for a guard dog or a WATCH dog? There is a difference.
A guard dog is meant to guard a designated property from intruders. He will patrol the areas and will use his own descretion to attack the assailant if all cue meets the right condition. This also applies to personal protection. He will also attack on command.
Where as a watch dog alerts you when there is an intruder.
An untrained/not genetically right rott 99.99% of the time will *not* attack an intruder. I hv seen dogs who hv the genetic make-up for protection but are untrained, attacked when he/his owner was threatened.
Not all rotts can protect,not all terriers hunt rodents,not all shepherds herd sheep. Long time ago,yes. But now,sad to say,alot of dogs hv lost their working ability as they are kept mostly as pets.
That being said ,first thing u must know is that not all dogs can be trained to be guard dogs. If you do indeed want to get a rott that is going to be a property protection or personal protection dog,get a rott from the working line meaning dogs which were bred with the genetic makeup consisting of temperament,drives and nerves. Dogs that can be trained for utility purposes such as protection,tracking,Police Service Dogs(PSD) and so on.
If he is not,there are some tests that an experienced person can do on him to see if he can be a candidate for protection work.
The dogs which were not bred to guards and dont hv it in them to be guard dogs will get compulsion training which is basically beating the dog until he is forced to defend and bite. That is when you get a fear biter. A fear biter is a nervous dog who perceives everyone as an enemy and bite out of fear. This is only effective if the dog is actually cornered or in a situation that he does not like....and I doubt the robbers would bother to corner him.
Of course only unethical trainders would accept training a dog who is not cut out for the job. The will test the dog and if he is suitable,the training will commence. If he is not,they should refuse to train him.
Here's a thread that might be of some interest.
Hope it helps.