|Barked: Tue Apr 2, '13 8:48am PST |
|I agree with Titus. Generally speaking, you have two options. Find a prospect (which is different than finding a puppy) and work with a trainer, or purchase a finished dog.
Although I will say....not entirely up to speed here with what Lenny said about a farm?....if you are envisioning a farm protector there are quite a few livestock guardian breeds who are extremely natural guards. They actually wouldn't be very good PPDs, but are often very trustworthy to guard a farm.
What's the difference? Well, a PPD needs to be social, even and adaptable. This is a dog who is meant to be able to be taken anywhere and be very trustworthy. Not a suspicious dog, for then of course society won't be safe. One of the most important things for PPDs is that they can accompany you when, say, you are carrying something very valuable. This is where in society today they continue excel and don't have a lot of replacement for, say, traveling through airports and such. So you in the end need a dog who socially is fine in such places and hotel lobbies, but still is very reliable protection. Let me put up the video Titus linked, which didn't work for me when I clicked it.
LGD's (livestock guardians) are not ideal PPDs because they are not very trainable, not very social and also have a natural suspicion. They can be stable as rocks, though, and very loyal to their property and their family. They alert when someone comes on the property, and if there was a real threat, these are dogs bred to take on some pretty serious predators....they are very tough and don't intimidate easily.
Generally speaking, a PPD is a dog trained in protection so that he knows "how" to bite, is confident, will protect, but can be taken anywhere and everywhere without being a social risk. LGDs are sedentary....they belong to their farm or property, learn its rhythms, and when something is out of whack, they stand up with the intention to do something about it. They require a lot less training, which is good as they are monstrously independent and make decisions very much on their own. They are great for farms where there is not a lot of traffic, and you need them to alert on anything out of the ordinary.
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