Imagine walking down your local neighborhood street one evening with your German Shepherd dog. The sun has set and the street lights have yet to come on. The lighting is poor, and you come across a couple of men who you do not recognize. The hoods on their sweatshirts cover their heads and they seem to be whispering to one another. A feeling of uneasiness hits your stomach. Why are they here? Could they be a threat? Perhaps it's nothing. Luckily for you, your walking companion is trained to be alert to their surroundings and protect you if the need arises. The possible intruders you walked by will be watching what house you go into and make sure to skip it if they have anything planned.
German Shepherds are one of the most well-known protection breeds out there. Protection dogs are normally associated with large breed dogs such as Rottweilers, Dobermans, Mastiffs and Akitas. German shepherds are also grouped into this category, though they rarely top 100 lbs.
When we think of someone or someting protecting us, we want a calm, confident and strong ability to complete the job, whether it's a dog or your local law enforcement. The confidence in them allows the potential victim to feel safe. German Shepherds have this ability to stay cool and calm in a public setting, but are also ready and willing to protect their handler or family if a threat were to happen. This is one of the traits that sets them apart from the pack.
Confidence is important for numerous reasons. One of them being, that if a protection dog were to attack someone, the handler needs the dog to be confident in its ability to attack correctly. A self-confident dog should have a firm, calm and deep bite. This is to protect both the dog and the person. A dog that does not display self-confidence could end up injuring itself or excessively injuring the target.
Intelligence also plays a large role in a protection dog. The dog needs to be able to differentiate between a threat and a non-threat. A child who is playing and a child who is in danger. This intelligence adds a level of risk to owning a protection dog. It's like owning a firearm. The handler must understand that when deployed, the dog can be a weapon and should be treated as such. If you plan on owning a protection dog, it is advised to train your family on how to interact with the animal so that they can respect what it is capable of.
Protection dogs do well with an active family or person that realizes that the training and work does not stop once the dog arrives to its new home. Protection dogs, and german shepherds love to work, and enjoy excercise. A run that might have your legs burning is only just the beginning for dogs. Exercise keeps them healthy, and excited to train.
Many dogs can be trained to be protection dogs, but German Shepherds have a great mixture that makes them perfect to protect your home and family. They have an eagerness to please their owner, and a gentle souls, which make them perfect family dogs to boot. They are willing to put themselves in harms way in order to keep you safe. Their loyalty to a handler or to an entire family is one of the many reasons German Shepherds are such great family dogs and protection animals.