Personal Protection Dogs: The Pros, The Cons, The Everything-In-Between
Personal protection dogs are a hot topic right now with the surge in public crimes and terrorism. Many families are considering adding a personal protection dog to their home and life. If you’re interested in the possibility of purchasing a guard dog, it’s important to consider whether they are a good fit for your life, for you as a pack leader, and if you can afford continual training.
- Better and safer than a gun or alarm system
- They’re trained to alert you of trouble and to discourage criminal activity
- They are trained to disable the culprit if a stranger ventures onto your property (on their own as well as on command) and keep them there until law enforcement arrives
- They are specifically trained to deal with break-ins and they are effective as stopping or discouraging crime.
- They give undulate affection
- Act as a wonderful family companion
- They can go almost anywhere with you — banks, shopping centers and parking lots
- They can do thorough property searches during a home invasion scare.
- They make your home, office or family feel much more safe and secure.
- They are professionally trained to calmly handle and assess the situation
- They can remain calm AND go into protection mode on command
- Cost. For many people, the cost of personal protection dogs is not a small deal. It isn’t cheap to train them or purchase them (you’re looking at paying between 15–40,000 USD), but most reputable personal protection dog companies will include the training cost with the cost of the dog. Monthly and annual cost of food, vet bills, etc. must also be taken into consideration.
- You need to be willing to be a pack leader.
- Continual training will be necessary to brush up on the dog’s skills and abilities
Who are Personal Protection Dogs Good For?
- Single women
- Large estate/property owners
- Personal protection of individuals fearing for their safety
- Handicapped individuals
- Senior citizens
- Government officials
In short, they’re great dogs for just about anyone who is willing to constantly learn and invest in training.
Why They’re Perfect for Families
The FBI approximates that in 2014, there were about 1.2 million violent crimes reported across the country with over 8 million property crimes, 80,000 rapes and 14,000 murders (many of which happened at victim’s residences). With growing social unrest within the US, those numbers will only continue to climb.
Contrary to popular belief, protection dogs are awesome family dogs, and act both as companions (not pets) and as built in security systems for you and your household that you can take almost anywhere. A quality professionally trained dog will be calm enough to be handled by children, and obedient enough to take orders from important family members they’ve been bonded to.
They are not aggressive dogs, as aggression typically derives from fear. They are often calm, collected and intent on protecting when they perceive a true threat. They will not, as long as they’re properly trained, assume that everyone and everything is a threat.
Not All “Personal Protection” Companies Are Equal
Be very careful about companies that claim to have the best personal protection dogs in town. That $100 dollar personal protection dog on Craigslist is, in all likelihood, NOT a professionally trained personal protection dog and can be extremely dangerous. Do your research. Look in to companies for a while before deciding to go with anyone yet, and check references. A good protection dog will cost you between 15,000–40,000 on average. If you don’t have that kind of hard cash, consider pulling out a loan. Having a protection dog is an investment in your safety and security, and can make all the difference in a life or death situation.
If you have questions about personal protection dogs, training, obedience, etc, feel free to comment below!