If you’re considering adding a trained protection dog to your family unit, you’re probably well aware of the price associated with purchasing one of these amazing K9s. So are they worth it? Or is it all hype and no results? Here is what you need to know when considering whether or not to purchase a trained family protection dog.
What Goes Into Their Training?
If you’re wondering why a personal protection dog is so expensive, you’re in good company. This is one of the most frequent questions asked by potential owners who are considering purchasing a personal or protection dog. One of the reasons for the cost is due to the training these dogs receive.
Trained protection dogs are taught to do far more than “sit,” “rollover,” and “stay.” Their training begins when they are newly born and continues in earnest for years. By the time they are a year old, much of their training has been so thorough that commands are ingrained. These dogs can go from friendly, lovable, cuddly family companions to trained protectors that will stop at nothing to fend off an intruder and keep your family safe. They will even neutralize the intruder and hold them until authorities arrive if properly trained. All this training takes time and expertise. These dogs are trained at specialized obedience schools and only adopted when they are ready, a few at a time. There are also limited quantities, so the demand is far greater than the current supply.
How are They Breed?
Another reason why these dogs are so expensive is due to their breed. Highly trained protection dogs are often taken from qualify breed stock with heritage lines that can be traced. Paperwork and documentation go much farther than assuring you that they are up to date on shots. For these dogs, paperwork will prove their sire and dam lines, their country of origin, whether or not they can be bred, whether or not they can be shown, and proof of health.
Only the very best dog breeds can become personal protection dogs. Breeders look specifically for proper temperament and their ability to mingle with families, small children, and other pets. They also ensure proper breeding to avoid common health issues found in many “backyard breeders” such as hip dysplasia.
Because breeding is so selective, a breeder might only have eight to ten pups to start training at any one time. So again, demand will far outweigh supply.
What is Their Breed?
While all protection dogs will be expensive, some dog breeds will cost more than others. Why? This is due in large part to popularity at the time of purchase. Thanks to videos like “Max,” Belgian Malinois are now on the rise to becoming a Rockstar in the protection dog world. The German Shepherd has long been a favorite of police, military, and civilians alike. These two breeds can start around 30k and go up from there. Even lesser favored breeds such as Rottweilers will run you about 20k.
Remember, when it comes to a dog breed, you are paying for the years of ancestry that made them into the loving, loyal, protective, fierce dogs they are. Not just any breed can be a protection dog, it’s vital that the correct breed is chosen for the job.
How Do They Provide Safety?
The purpose of a protection dog is to do far more than growl at a potential intruder or assailant. These dogs view threats to your family in the same way they would view threats to their pack or their pups. They are trained to be responsible for you and your family, even if it means fighting someone and giving their own life in the process.
Protection dogs will get in between you and the intruder. They’ll bark to warn them away. If they keep coming, the dogs will go after the intruder on command. Many are trained to latch onto an intruder’s arm and never let go. Others are trained to take down an assailant using any means necessary and hold them in place until authorities arrive. With one of these dogs at your side, you won’t have to worry about an intruder getting to you or your children. Your protection K9 will get in the way far before the assailant can decide whether to attack or run. When your dog shows its teeth, most assailants will choose to run. Protection dogs have saved many peoples’ lives. Some have even died in the line of duty because their devotion to their owner was so strong. Remember, protection dogs, unlike human bodyguards, can’t be bribed or bought off.
Protection Dogs: An All-In-One Safety Measure
A lot goes into a protection dog, from their breed lines to years of specialized training. When they come to live with you, these dogs are ready to defend your family to death, if need be. If safety is your top priority, then these dogs are beyond worth it. After all, can you put a price tag on the security of your family?