Family Protection Dog – A dog with a temperament such that it can live harmoniously with adults and children but still have the fighting abilities to defend the family when called upon.
FCI – Fédération Cynologique Internationale. In the USA it is called the “World Canine Organization” Established in 1911 it is an international association of kennel clubs. See ‘Wikipedia‘
Fear Aggression – A form of aggression in a dog when he feels he is being threatened or in danger and is not confident in his abilities to protect himself.
Fence Aggression/Fighting – A dog being restrained from investigating another animal or person can become highly frustrated and exhibit aggressive behavior. Also, when in a kennel part of the aggression may stem from boredom and the aggressive behaviors can actually be a source of entertainment for the personal protection dog.
Fence Protection – Normally associated with a plant or business guard dog which is taught to attack an intruder who crosses into the fenced in protected area. This kind of dog is not suitable to be used as a personal protection dog.
Fight Drive – The level of self confidence in a dog as it pertains to attacking or defending against threats.
Fighting Skills – In personal protection dogs the ability to discern threats, bite when appropriate, perform bodily transfers, arm to arm, leg to arm, etc., stop fighting when appropriate.
Finish – A. To achieve high reliability in all the behaviors your dog is required to perform, B. To bring the dog to heel either by circling behind you or reversing direction in front and beside you.
Firehose Tug – A toy that has a firehose material as a covering.
Flashy Obedience – Obedience behaviors done with a high level of precision and enthusiasm, usually for sporting competitions.
Flat Collar – A fairly loose and comfortable collar used to control a personal protection dog and to hold it’s ID tags. For a complete discussion of collars visit Wikipedia
Flexi Leash – A retractable leash generally not considered good for protection dogs other than in certain controlled training environments.
Flex Pole – A portable back tie device used in personal protection dog training.
Flirt Pole – An exercise toy for a personal protection dog. Tips for Using
Food Drive – One of the natural instincts of a dog to survive.
Food Refusal – A training procedure designed to “poison proof” your personal protection dog.
Food Reward – Using food to reinforce behavior in a personal protection dog.
Fooey – Also, ‘pfui’, also ‘phooey’ – Typical protection dog command that means “NO”
Force Multiplier – Using a personal protection dog to defend you and your family multiplies the forces available for your overall protection. In some cases because of the speed of a dog it can handle multiple attackers thus multiplying your available defenses.
Foreign Language Commands – Teaching the personal protection dog to respond to a language foreign to where the dog will be working. This is done to reduce the chance a bad guy / girl can confuse the dog using the language of the area where the dog is working.
Free Shaping – Waiting for a personal protection dog to accidentally do a wanted behavior and then rewarding for that behavior. This is a very slow way to train dogs.
Freezing – During training when a dog stands still and resists all commands.
French Ring Sport – One of the dog sports that emphasize agility, obedience and protection (biting).
Frontal Bite – A personal protection dog target area on a human.
Front Exercise – Is similar to recalling your dog by commanding “Here” or “Come” but more so the dog coming to the position of directly in front of the handler.
Fuss Command – Heel in German (Pronounced Fooooss)
Fully Trained Dog – A term you will see on many protection dog sites. This is a term to beware of. “Fully Trained” has no standardized meaning. Make sure you get in writing what the dog must be able to do under your control.
Functional Obedience – The concept that the protection dog will mind you in situations outside of where the dog normally trains.
Functional Protection – The concept that the protection dog will protect you in situations outside of where the dog normally trains and when the decoy is not dressed in a bite suit or wearing a bite sleeve.
Fur Saver Collar – A collar specifically designed to keep the protection dog’s fur/coat from being damaged.
Fuss Command – Also, ‘foos’. German for “Down”