Monday, January 1, 2007

Guard Dog Gear Part 1: Agitation Collar

In order to work with a family guard dog in personal protection work you need a sturdy leather collar.These collars are relatively inexpensive, but need to be special ordered since a regular dog collar is not strong enough, and does not give an adequate margin of safety. If a collar breaks while working an aggressive dog, the person helping you is...well in a tight spot, so don't skimp on the collar.

Also, a good collar makes your dog look more "impressive" providing greater deterrence and de-escalation ability of the dog than without the collar.

I have included a picture below of a really well built leather agitation collar that I purchased from Leerburg.

Notice how the collar is made of good leather, is double stitched, and has a strong, curved metal piece to hold the leash snap.

Here is a more detailed view of the inside of this collar showing how well it is put together.
This collar will not break even if the dog is pulling like mad (which they do during protection training and real life encounters) and you get a real firm grip on the dog when used in conjunction with a leather leash.

Protection Dogs and BSL

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Breed specific legislation is a form of local law that prohibits dogs of certain breeds from living in a given area. Usually it is applied at the city, or county level, less frequently to a whole state. Even the community you live in might have rules that prevent ownership of given breed. Therefore, before getting a family guard dog check into laws, and local rules, that may apply because in some places a dog can be confiscated and put to death because of its breed. The Pitbulls, and kin, are subject to the most discrimination and legal persecution, but others like Rotweilers, Bulldogs, etc. also often included as well.

To help determine if you live in an area where you are prohibited from keeping a certain type of dog look at the links below:

Also, check out this book for a different take on the "dog bite epidemic".