Same old same old, just different user names trying to argue about something they know nothing about. Same comments and rebuttals.
pballjunky, it's funny because your posts actually prove our point in a way..you say you don't know until it happens how your dog will react...YOU ARE RIGHT! That is why it is so foolish to assume a dog will "protect" you (whatever that means can't seem to get anyone to narrow down what they actually mean by that).
At least if you bring a dog out to training, week after week, expose it to different scenarios, stress it out to see how it handles it etc, you have a better idea. If a dog has trouble during a rehearsed scenario, they are going to have trouble if the real thing were to occur. Training serves 2 purposes, it can "fine tune" the behaviors of the dog in order to make it more effective and it can also expose weaknesses in dogs as well.
I will end this post with one last question...the same one that I always pull out when these discussions get to this point...
if any old dog will suffice, then why do people spend so much money importing dogs from established, proven lines of protection dogs? Sport trainers, pp trainers, police forces, etc paying in some cases, 10's of thousands of dollars for dogs? Why would someone bother going to the trouble to locate these dogs, spend top dollar for them then several hundred just to get them to them? People pay more money in shipping fees than most people pay to adopt a dog at a shelter. pbulljunky, please explain why people do this if a dog will protect us simply out of love and loyalty and all that other BS? Why not just adopt or buy a cheap backyard bred dog? Are these people spending this money stupid?