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Security Dog Duties

General Purpose Patrol dogs

Patrol dogs are responsible for guarding premises and large open spaces to secure perimeters against intruders. As part of their job, they are also trained to protect their handler, barking at intruders that they locate and apprehending them.

Commonly, most dog handlers opt for German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois for patrolling, as they are both obedient and naturally protective and fearless. Dobermans and Rottweilers make also efficient patrol dogs as they are alert and intelligent.

When training, patrol dogs take part in obedience classes to ensure that they follow the general orders of their handler, such as sitting down, turning left or right, coming back when they are recalled and remaining still; ensuring that they are docile when on duty. They will also have to take agility classes to overcome obstacles such as walls, when pursuing a criminal.