Russian Prison Guard Dogs and the Caucasion Ovcharka

Russian Prison Guard Dogs such as the Caucasion Ovcharka are used for every day security in some of the toughest prisons in Russia.

Russian Prison Guard Dogs start training as early as 9 weeks of age. This training is commonly known as schutzhund and is a popular dog sport among German Shepherd Owners. The basics of dog training such as socialization with dogs, socialization with people, exposing your puppy to noises that may startle them, and exposing them to darkness are just a few common techniques in properly training a guard dog. These techniques are used because while they may not seem important, these simple things can cause older dogs to have fears and anxiety when they are older. Any type of fear shown by a guard dog is look downed upon very much so. One of the main traits that these dogs need to have is to be complete fearless. This includes loud noises, by struck by the attacker, being yelled at by the attacker, or anything else that may deter the guard dog from preforming his duty.

Caucasion Ovcharka dogs have a stable temperament that allows them to know the difference between actual threats and guards. This is an extremely important trait to have since these dogs would be of no use if they were not able to detect actual threat and have a potential to attack workers or guards in these prisons.

Caucasion Ovcharka Russian Prison Guard dogs are considered one of the top guard dogs due to the fact that they are highly trainable, extremely powerful, and have the willingness to please by being trained as protection dogs to defend their trainer.

Caucasian Ovcharka Russian Prison Guard dogs
Caucasian Ovcharka prison dog with it’s handler.

It’s not true that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. However, the training that Russian Prison guard dogs go through is more than just a trick. Sure, it may look like it learned a trick when it attacks a prisoner on command. However, these dogs have went through hundreds of hours of training and were raised as puppies to preform a particular task. This isn’t something that you can teach a dog over night. It’s also something that an average dog owner can teach their dog. Attack training should only be done by the top professionals with years of experience.

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  1. RichWells

    CO’s are definitely strong dogs. These dogs are proverbial when it comes to courage and heart. Many CAOs, Ovtscharkas, and other volkodavs are being used in contests in Russia against dogs such as the apbt and bull terrier to GSDs, bandogges, and imported rotties. These dogs are definitely powerhouses and I’m told can give an apbt a run for its money. The apbt is 5 x faster, but the CAO’s are 5 x strong from an account I read on a russian website. I’m told if the CAO’s were to get a hold of the apbt, its over for him. However, apbts definitely have more intelligence when it comes to this type of “sport” and tends to go for ear holds and attempt to get at the rear. I don’t condone this type of sport, nor do I measure a dog’s worth by comparing him towards the apbt in such a “sport” but one should be impressed that these dogs bred for guarding can give an apbt, a breed bred for this “sport,” a run for its money in its specific use.

  2. JustinSantos

    That’s because in Russia, dogs are disciplined physically by their owners. I correct my dog by telling him no and putting him in the crate or we stop walking. They are actually smacked, punched, or kicked when they misbehave. As for the part about being aggressive towards anyone, that isn’t exactly true. If you were to walk pass their gate normally, they’ll just let you pass and won’t even get up. However, if you stand there or anywhere near the gate, or if you were to walk pass slowly and you look suspicious, they’ll go from sleeping to full on rage. These guys can break a gate from what I’m told. I have met a friend from college that is from Turkey and his family raise and breeds Kangals. He told me that in the middle east and even in Turkey, the Kangal is starting to lose out in favor of the imported CO’s because the CO’s were far far far more aggressive than the kangals and I’ve seen his dogs in person. These dogs dwarf a human and can easily dispatch one. I hate to see what the COs can do, especially if it can give an apbt a run for his money.

  3. cuddo

    CO has very low pain tolerance. And better to smack/spank your pup now when it is still in a “pick-up-and –carry” age, that latter when you’d have 5-6 month old beast at home. Guess who is going to the shelter? In everyday situation dam or any older dogs would grab natty pup by top of the neck and punish it. CO are still “pack animal” and as in any pack – the strongest would have all the respect. Plus that is “thinking “breed that has its own opinion on the situation. If your dog does not see you as a leader – you have one over 160lbs problem on your hand.
    Breed itself – wonderful, loyal and trustful if raised in a right hands. Not for everyone, as same as you wouldn’t give a gun to teenager.

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