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Old 09-24-2006, 10:49 AM
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Default Protection training.

don't know a lot about it. how do you go about teaching your dog to look aftre you?

i feel safe with buster but he is a pain to take anywhere.
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Old 09-24-2006, 05:27 PM
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Our 6 month old Schnauzer mix loves to protect us. He's 15 lbs, white, and tiny but he thinks he's the biggest dog in the world.

Before someone even knocks on the door he quietly starts barking. Then, when they come inside he runs down and does a little dance at their feet to say hello. Such a guardian!

I'm not sure how you should get started, but make sure you only train with the most reputable person you can find. You don't want to have any confusion between protection and aggression.
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Old 09-24-2006, 05:55 PM
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Schutzhund training may be what you are looking for. Schutzhund is obedience and protection work, however the dogs that are trained are temperment tested thoroughly because it isn't safe to do bite work with just any dog. Any reputable trainer will be able to tell you whether they think your dog has what it takes. But keep in mind that it is a very long process before you start the protection/bite work, your dog has to pass all of the obedience levels required to get there. A friend of mine trains his rotti in schutzhund and he is a wonderful pup, he is amazing to watch work. A quick search on the internet and you can look up tons of stuff about it.
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I would LOVE to get Riot into Schutz. I think he'd do well in it.

There just isn't a facility around here that is close enough to start it

I'd have to travel 2hrs east every week to get to it which isn't cost effective enough to me with the gas prices.
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Old 09-24-2006, 09:53 PM
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the only dog trainning facilty we have here is one budget puppy preschool and 2 basic obediance trainers. so i would be looking ast doing all the trainging myself.

i want to train him to try to curb his agression. if he is focussed on looking after me then he would be easier to control in public.
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Old 09-24-2006, 10:44 PM
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i want to train him to try to curb his agression.
Then Schutzhund is NOT for you. It sounds like you need to work on basic obedience.
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:47 AM
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Then Schutzhund is NOT for you. It sounds like you need to work on basic obedience.
I thought that was the case as well. When you say aggression, is it people or dog? or both? Maybe you should work on sorting that out first, then see how you want to proceed with protection training. What kind of protection are you needing? I've found that often a dogs bark is sometimes very helpful in deterring burglars and the like, or is there some particular danger you are worried about?

Whatever the case good luck
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:15 AM
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he is dog agressive. i have worked on this constantly for about 2 years. its slowly getting better. then he'll do soemthign that makes me wonder if he'll ever stop. he was socialised well, he just has this problem. not sure if it was something that happned before er founf him or what.

he is ok with dogs we bring into our house. except as soon as he steps outside the yard. he is a different dog completley. his basic obediance is brilliant usually. he comes when called, sits, stays, drops, sits up plus a few non-necesary tricks. i can control him. but he still acts aggressivly. he lunges, barks and snaps when on lead because he knows he wont end up being let into a fight. when off lead he runs at another dog, knocks it down then comes back and sits in front of you because he KNOWS he wasn't ment to dothat.

the reson i want to work on protection trainging is to give him soemthing to focus on when walking him.
he needs a job that he see's purpose in doing.
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then teach him to give you his attention and make his job attending to you. and stop putting him in situations where you know he's going to aggress, because every time you do that, it becomes more engrained and harder to stop.

why are you letting him offleash with other dogs if you know he's dog-aggro? i think you're giving him credit for "knowing" things that he doesn't know at all.
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:05 AM
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You simply CANNOT teach a dog protection training by yourself, even if you know what you are doing. Add in the fact that you don't know what you are doing, you can really really damage your dog. The last thing you want is a people aggressive dog. Protective does not equal mean or aggressive. It is a highly disciplined dog who understands when and where it needs to act out. A lot of it is an instinct, some dogs have it, some dogs don't.

If you want him to have a job, try agility or something like that. It will wear him out and he'll get a lot of satisfaction out of doing it. I know when we hit the course with Gunnar, he's a happy boy.
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