The German Shepherd Dog is one of most popular of guardian dog breeds.
Their workability can not be denied, they are one of the most trusted and capable dogs for protection and police work. They are very good companions showing a lot of confidence and the capacity to serve at any moment.
The advantages you can have when you have a REAL protection dog can be limitless! Our dogs are trained to protect in real life situations. We train and socialize each dog very carefully. Our dogs are very social and friendly unless a threat is made. They excel in high-pressure situations that cause most other dogs to back down and are very serious when working. With a properly trained Protection dog you can be confident in all real-life situations that your dog won’t need handler help or encouragement from the attacker. While our training process with our dogs does start with dogs biting a traditional sleeve, this is only the very beginning of our training. It’s not long before our dogs are expected to bite on command when there’s no equipment visible and without any stimulation from the threat.
The purpose of this extensive training is to guarantee that our dogs will handle an intruder in your home just as effectively as if the threat appears in an alley or parking lot. Gunshots and obstacles do not make our dogs back away. We passionately believe that a well-trained dog is the best home and family protection option available. If you are interested in training your new puppy in personal protection work, we advise you to find a experienced trainer in your area to discuss your options. The dog should first be trained in obedience, then move on to beginning protection training.
There are a host of sports you can get your dog into that involve bite work. The most popular bite-sports are IPO aka Schutzhund, PSA (Protection Sports Association), Mondio Ring, and French Ring. This article will compare the differences between IPO and PSA.
First lets dive into the basics, the core fundamentals of each dog sport. Take note that I’m only diving into this at a mile-high view. To help you explore which dog sport you might be interested in. To find out which sport will fit you, you must research a local club in your area, go meet with them and watch what they do. My words admittedly don’t give either sport the true justice they deserve.
IGP is centered around 3 main skill sets obedience, tracking and protection. Obedience in Schutzhund is very structured and routine with no distractions other than the judge and a small group on the trial field. The main exercises are focused heeling, recall, down and sit in motion, dumbbell retrieve, and a long down stay with no handler interaction. Tracking consists of tracking on a grass field with a track laid by the handler in the lower levels of competition. There are articles on the track, which the dog must alert on. The protection exercises in IGP consist of a blind search, bark and hold, courage test, and transporting a “prisoner”. All bites are given on an “barrel sleeve”, in this sport the dogs will never see a bite suit on the trial field.
PSA is structured around 2 main skill sets; obedience and protection. There is no tracking in PSA. The obedience in PSA is similar to that of IGP in the exercises that are required. There is no dumbbell retrieve, but there is a food refusal test in the higher competition levels. One major difference in PSA obedience is that there are distractions on the field, decoys, balls, frisbees you name it. PSA obedience is not sanitized as it is in IGP. The protection exercises are vastly different than IGP as well. In PSA the exercises are more scenario based. For example there is a carjacking scenario, you will be sending the dog on directed bites and fend off 2 decoys. Plus, there are surprise scenarios that will only be disclosed on trial day. PSA focuses on real-life situations, including a bad guy putting a large amount of pressure on the dog. All PSA scenarios are done with a bite suit on the decoy, unless in the PDC-Sleeve division.
Now, I want to give you my opinion on these two dog sports. This is just my opinion and is based off of my experiences in training for both sports and spectating. I haven’t trailed yet because I switched sports halfway through my dog’s development. Which sucks and has set me back quite a bit.
But I personally choose PSA over IGP. Here’s why, I want a dog that is not only good for a routine set of tasks. I have heard that some IGP dogs can't handle too much pressure of a man screaming and waving a stick at them. PSA is the new kid on the block that gets away from the structure and routine of IGP. The community is more supportive as a whole and there is not near as much bureaucracy or politics as there is with IGP. The training fits my needs and offers me the confidence that my dog will perform under stress and in real-life situations.
That’s my take on PSA vs IGP. As I said earlier the choice is yours. If you want a dog that is more show than go choose IGP, if you want a dog that will protect you in real life, PSA. Either way, you are sure to be happy. Just make sure you do your research and visit a local club before you commit to either.Find A Club Near You