Goliath is a registered Doberman Pinscher under Tackleberry Solutions and is specifically bred for service as a protection dog.
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What Makes Goliath Special
- Born July 25, 2022
- Raised in a Litter of 11
- Black and Rust
- Breeder: Amy Arthur
ID # Breakdown
Goliath and his ID breakdown: H2.4Z
Press Play - Hazel
Goliath took his test on 9/17/2022 and ultimately scored an A. Only time will tell as he grows, his environment, socialization and training what type of personality he will stick with.
Goliath was very mellow on his social interaction tests, scoring B's and D's in this field. The part of the test that he really shinned on was in the confidence testing department.
As a result, throughout the test he showed submission to the tester, but was ready to play and interact with confidence.
Goliath has been socialized extensively with other dogs and puppies. He loves to play and is a very big sweetheart.
In the past, we've aligned our A type personality score with the Volhardt grading system. However, we've found that their summary of a canine that scores a 1 (or an A) does not match what we've seen of protection dogs and Doberman Pinschers in general.
Here is what we've found:
A canine that has an "A" type personality has little to no fear. They're confident in themselves to the point where they are not frightened by new encounters like other canines with a lower personality score would be.
Curious About New Things
As a result, when presented with a new experience, they're more likely to be curious about the object/person instead of frightened. Obviously, this will differ with each puppy/dog depending on several variations such as age of the dog, size, movement and noise level of the object or person, etc.)
Less Likely to Develop Fearful Aggression
In conjunction with that, a type "A" dog can also do excellent as a protection canine because they are less likely to develop fearful aggression.
Because of their confidence and lack of fear, they'll likely be more friendly towards strangers, so you won't have to worry as much about accidental bites or stress about taking your protection canine out in public. (Don't let this fool you however. With the right training, an A personality can easily go from friendly to protection mode on command.)
Be warned, in some cases, they may not be friendly to new people/animals. Sometimes an introduction will be necessary in order to show your canine that the visitor is not a threat. At other times, you may need to secure the canine somewhere else until the visitor has left. As always, this will vary strongly based on several factors to include their socialization level, training, etc.
Furthermore, a dog that has less fear is able to think more clearly. Making them more intelligent and quicker to pick up on commands. So much so that many canines with this personality score will have a natural "6th sense" so to speak that can aid them in judging the character/intent of another person.
This could even include picking up on danger from many different factors to such as natural disasters like an earthquake or a fire, or from people such as an attack or ambush.
Potentially Great with Children
In fact, we've found that an "A" type canine normally does really well with children. They've shown that they can be smart enough to realize that children are vulnerable and have demonstrated more care and protection towards that member of their "pack."
Service work examples that would work well with this personality score:
- Police Dog
- Military Canine
- Personal or Family Protection
Your Own Confidence is Important
Even though we've found through experience that even novice dog owners can train a dog with a type A personality score, they will have to ensure that they're willing to be consistent and willing to learn how to do so.
This is because an A personality score will want to be the alpha. Also, their high intelligence level will give them the need for regular exercise and play. Otherwise, they could develop bad behavior as an expression of their boredom or dominance.
They'll Want to Be the top Dog
If you have other dogs in the home, be sure that they are not also scored as an A since both Alpha personalities could cause them to clash. However, a ton of early socialization will help smooth this over.
In summary, you can be confident that your dog is going love working and give it's job everything that it has got. An A type personality is the type of canine that would die for you in the battlefield if it had to.
The Parents of: Goliath
Tackleberry Solution's Protection Canine: Hazel
This is Hazel. She was the mother dog of our very first litter. She has a gentle, yet defensive temperament. She is very loving, she also is smart and not afraid to protect her family. She is also a very good judge of friend from foe. We are not afraid to have her out when friends come over to visit. You can learn more about Hazel by going to her page here.
Tackleberry Solution's Protection Canine: Zeus
Zeus is a 100% European purebred Doberman Pinscher. He is very loving and enjoys playing. While Zeus is protective of his family, he is also very friendly to visitors and does very well with children. Click here to view his personal page.
Social Outing Assessment Oct 31 2022
Social outing assessments are done to gauge a puppy's confidence level and their reaction to new things. While Goliath has been socialized extensively this was his first time out in town one on one with me and on a leash. Here are the results.
Goliath was friendly towards strangers, but you could tell there was still a little bit of caution there. He was not afraid to go up to them and lick their hand. He even allowed them to pet him with no problems. However, he was not super affectionate back like his sister Echo has shown to be.
This tells me that he is confident about himself and doesn't have fearful tendencies (which can lead to fearful aggression.) This is a very good thing, because that confidence factor is a really important part of service and protection training.
Training and Treats
It was easy to get Goliath's attention for treats. He was very happy and eager to perform. As a result, I was able to teach him to sit and lie down a lot faster.
I also will note that he is very gentle with his teeth. He doesn't nip when he takes them from your hand and tends to lick instead of grab with his teeth. This is something I usually have to teach puppies but was not the case with him.
However, I will note that he doesn't find fries very motivating. During his outing with us, I wanted to see how he would react to food in the car. While he was very excited about all the smells, he didn't steal the food from the children. He waited eagerly for his turn for treats.
Sliding Doors and Leash Behavior
As a final note for his social outing assessment, I did want to include his confidence level around new things and how he performed on the leash.
He was very curious about the automatic doors. He wasn't even afraid to look around the store. He was a little uncertain but did not exhibit any signs of fear. However, he still needs some work with the leash. While he didn't pull, he didn't really want to walk either.
Overall, Goliath did really well on his social outing assessment. He showed caution where it was needed, but did not exhibit any signs of fearfulness. Both are great indicators for possible protection training. I'm hoping to test his play drive soon and will follow up with an update on that.
- Vet Checked
- Flea Meds
- Wormed Regularly
- Can be microchipped before transfer
- Ears Cropped
- Lifetime Health Guarantee
- Insured by Trupanion
While I currently have not been able to work with him as extensively as I would like (due to an intern shortage).
Right now Goliath responds to hand signals but has not yet mastered verbal commands. He knows sit. I'm also working on teaching him not to jump by requiring that he sit for everything that he wants. Which is a work in progress. (This is especially helpful when entering or leaving a building or gate in order to prevent him from darting because he must sit before he can go through.)
As far as potty training goes, I have not had an accident with him while working with him in the home or at a store. However, I cannot guarantee his behavior in a new environment as I have not been able to fully vet him to my satisfaction.
On the other hand, I can tell you that potty training should go very smoothly. Just be sure that you are consistent and watch him closely for the first couple of days.
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