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zoe-picFamily and home protection is a natural instinct that all dogs have. The most important aspect of K9 security training is to use the dog’s instinct to properly train it to behave well, even while protecting the home or the family.

Sadly today, crime is an everyday occurrence and anyone can be a victim. But every man, woman and child has the right to be safe in their homes and communities. Personal protection dogs will defend that right for your family. K9 security dogs are an accessible and effective means of deterring any threat.

Since their domestication thousands of years ago and throughout history, one of the main jobs of the domesticated dog has been to protect its owners and guard against unwanted people or animals. While many modern K9 security dogs will instinctively act as home guardians, there are specific breeds that are known for possessing the characteristics needed to best ward off unwanted intruders.


Guard Dogs

Guard dogs are not generally trained to attack. Rather, a K9 security guard dog’s task is to alert its owner of a stranger’s presence, using a bark, growl, etc. But contrary to popular belief, a guard dog does not make a good attack dog, and vice versa. The guard dog is discriminating so that it does not annoy or attack familiar people. Typically, small breeds are used as guard dogs, like the Pug, Chihuahua, Pekingese, and the Chow Chow.

A guard dog is an effective deterrent to trespassers on your property if you are prepared for the responsibility of owning an animal. Dogs are very useful because their heightened hearing allows them to become aware of people or other animals on your property before you do, and they naturally bark and react to strange noises.

Attack Dogs

On the other hand, attack dogs are usually associated with modern police work, but they have played a pivotal role in the history of human-canine relationships. During the height of the Roman Empire, attack dogs were used to break the first line of enemy armies, and were feared for their ferociousness. But in more recent times, dogs have been trained by the military as sentry guards, protecting troops from attack. And as silent scouts, dogs would warn troops to the presence of enemies, reducing the chances of an ambush. Troops lucky enough to have these attack dogs by their sides were most likely to survive war.

Well-trained attack dogs are socialized, loyal, and faithfully obedient. They will not attack unless their owners are facing a threat or have commanded an attack. Some breeds are better than others when it comes to this type of training, since it requires strength, calmness, loyalty, a love of humans, and a highly developed intelligence.

Attack dogs are typically trained to bite on command, as well as stop biting on command. Unfortunately, some dogs are not properly trained and are instead used to fight other dogs, or to inflict fear and brutality on others. Of course, this creates a dog that is capable of attacking unsuspecting people or animals without warning or cause.

Other Specialized Military & Police Dogs

Search & Rescue Dog (SAR) – This dog is used to locate suspects or find missing people or objects. Bloodhounds are often used for this task.

Detection Dog or Explosive-Sniffing Dog – Some dogs are used to detect illegal substances such as drugs or explosives which may be carried on a person or located in their effects. In many countries, Beagles are used in airports to sniff the baggage for items that are not permitted. Due to their friendly nature and appearance, the Beagle does not worry most passengers.

Arson Dogs – Some dogs are trained to pick up on traces of accelerants at suspected arson sites.

Cadaver Dogs – Some dogs are trained in detecting the odor of decomposing bodies. The dog’s nose is so sensitive that they are even capable of detecting bodies that are located under running water.

Advantages of K9 Security Dogs

Guard dogs are a good supplement to any existing security system. They stay alert whether a security system is energized or not. They will naturally respond to anything out of the ordinary, alerting you in the process. If you are fond of pets, a K9 security dog is also enjoyable on a personal level and can even provide emotional support.

Depending on the breed of dog, he also can provide possible physical protection if an intruder does come into the house. Some dog breeds are naturally protective of their owners, while others require specific training in order to have that defensive reaction in an emergency situation.

Disadvantages of K9 Security Dogs

Dogs require a lot of attention and maintenance. It is irresponsible to leave a guard dog outside at all times so you only have to feed him. A guard dog is not a tool. It is a living, breathing animal, and it requires you to provide food, shelter, training, play time and affection on a daily basis. If you can’t, or don’t want to provide all that, avoid getting a dog of ANY kind.

The required attention and maintenance can also be expensive. Dogs need regular vet visits, shots, food, toys and other amenities that require regular expense and upkeep. If you are gone from the house for more than a few hours, you need to make plans so the dog’s needs are met. Out-of-town trips require you to either pay for dog boarding, or to find someone to take care of him for you.

So, should you get a K9 security dog for your family and property protection?

When dogs are trained to protect the home, they are using their natural territorial instincts. But dogs used for protection may also become unreliable, attacking anyone unfamiliar to them, which may include a friendly visitor, depending on their own unique personality.

Getting a dog for protection as a family pet can be a difficult decision. But, if you are ready to put criminals on the defensive with your family’s new best friend, a K9 security dog may be your answer. If your decision is to move forward, it is important you do your research when deciding on a “guard” dog or an “attack” dog. And always check with local laws, which may prohibit certain types or breeds of dogs.


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