What Is the Best Age for a German Shepherd Dog to Start Protection Training?

Hi, i have a German Shepherd 3 months old,he is a male,very friendly. As a single woman i need protection so i really need to know when shall i start his protection training?

I have a German Shepherd and as a single female living alone, I also felt the need to take her for protection training. I went to 2 sessions when she was about 1 year and stopped (she hated going there).

She is now 3 years old. And G-d help anyone who dares come near me on the street. She will kill to protect me, even without being trained to do so. German Shepherds are very loyal dogs and are instinctively protective of their owners. If you treat them well, they will be your best friend.

My GS would die for me just as I would for her. I should emphasize though that she is an indoor dog (although i have a big garden) and sleeps in my bed. The fact that we are so close has also made her very protective of me.
Even without training, I feel safe to walk her alone at nights, I know that she would protect me no matter what.

Tags:
This entry was posted in German Shepherd Breeder and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.
  • Helen Rempel

    You don’t. Protection training needs to be done by a professional trainer. Chances are high your dog wouldn’t have a suitable personality for it anyway. Hopefully his size will deter anyone with bad intentions.
    References :

  • Kathleen

    You would take him through puppy classes first, then obedience. Then you take him to a good trainer who specializes in protection (eg: Schutzhund) and they will evaluate him to see if he is suitable.
    References :

  • jessica g

    He needs to know basic obedience first. There are a couple trainers in my area that do personal protection training and require the dog to go through their basic obedience classes before they start with personal protection. The pup needs to have all its shots first so the obedience will start around 6 months. They do 8 sessions once a week so when they are 8 months or so they can start the begining sessions of the personal protection. I believe it takes a few months from start to finish for the personal protection courses to be finished.
    References :

  • mauveme49

    First and foremost, the dog needs to be obedience trained before any protection work.
    A dog well trained in obedience does not really need protection training, especially a GSD.,They are natural protectors. There are puppy classes available as soon as you have all the puppy’s shots, it’s never too early to start that.
    Protection training is highly specialized and should not be dont without a very experienced trainer, It is also very expensive. Schutzhund training is a good method of training , it is intense and the handler is the one doing the training. Again, an experienced trainer is necessary for this kind of training.
    References :

  • Allanas

    Protection training is nothing to play around with. You either commit to it full time, or you leave it alone. It’s all or nothing with these dogs because they don’t understand "time off". They don’t understand "not right now". This training is meant to make them think a certain way, be a certain way.

    It’s like having a loaded gun in the house.

    Are you ready for that? Can yo commit the time and effort to training this puppy all the way? Because you have to take the dog from untrained through "half-trained" to trained. The "half trained" part is the hardest.

    You start when the dog has completed basic training. CONTACT A PROFESSIONAL TRAINER. Do not go anywhere but to a PROFESSIONAL TRAINER. Hint: It ain’t gonna be cheap.
    References :

  • 4Her4Life

    A suitable protection dogs starts with a breeder who knows what they are doing, and who then provides the pups with proper stimulation from the day they are born. A pup with a serious future in mind should start basic obedience training at 6 weeks old (whether with the breeder or with you) as that is the basis to everything that will follow. From there, a lot depends on the dog, but many trainers can have a dog ready for a IPO I trail at 14 months old.

    I HIGHLY recommend finding a professional trainer or IPO training club and not doing this on your own. A novice trainer can easily turn a "protection" dog into a worthless, unstable, loose canon more likely to bite their owner than a "bad guy".
    References :

  • Michal

    I have a German Shepherd and as a single female living alone, I also felt the need to take her for protection training. I went to 2 sessions when she was about 1 year and stopped (she hated going there).

    She is now 3 years old. And G-d help anyone who dares come near me on the street. She will kill to protect me, even without being trained to do so. German Shepherds are very loyal dogs and are instinctively protective of their owners. If you treat them well, they will be your best friend.

    My GS would die for me just as I would for her. I should emphasize though that she is an indoor dog (although i have a big garden) and sleeps in my bed. The fact that we are so close has also made her very protective of me.
    Even without training, I feel safe to walk her alone at nights, I know that she would protect me no matter what.
    References :
    My own experience

  • sunflower

    Single women to not NEED protection.
    Head desk.

    But German Shepherd’s are a magnificent breed.

    And start his training as soon as possible. He needs to understand basics before he goes into formal protection training.
    Come, heed, stop, sit, lay down, etc

    3 months is probably the latest you want to start. It’s actually a little on the slow side since he hasn’t gotten his basic commands down yet.

    Protection comes naturally to them. Especially if you have a pure breed… I don’t really think protection training is what you are looking for. Just love your dog and he will love you back and will definitely defend you to the best of his ability.
    References :
    Have the offspring of a Country Champion German Shepherd from Germany :-) . My German Shepherds name is Szandor and he can shred anyone! He is my little lion. He went to a professional trainer though!