Pack Drive – The instinct to live in a family environment
Padded Collar – Used to protect the dog’s neck when it’s in a highly agitated state and pulling on the leash or back tie very hard.
Padded Stick – During training a simulated weapon used to build up a personal protection dog’s pain tolerance without hurting the dog.
Pager – A term associated with e-collar / remote collar training referring to a button push on the transmitter that only emits a ton or vibration on the receiver at the dog’s neck.
Passive Alert – Normally relates to drug and bomb sniffing dogs but as it relates to personal protection dogs it refers to quietly alerting by going to the down / stay position if there is an intruder in a home or office and the handler is trying to stay in the stealth mode so the intruder is not alerted which may provoke a confrontation.
Passive Bite – The personal protection dog bites without being agitated by the decoy.
Passive Threat – A potential attacker who is not making overt signs of aggression.
Pavlovian Conditioning – See “Classical Conditioning“
Perceived Threat – When the personal protection dogs feels its safety could be in jeopardy.
Perimeter Search/Check – When your personal protection dog checks all around the edges of your property for intruders and alerts you if any are found.
Personal Protection Dog – A dog trained to protect it’s owner and immediate family.
PH1 – The first level of training in KNPV
Phooey – Also, ‘pfui’, also ‘fooey’ – Typical command that means “NO”
Pinch Collar – See “Prong Collar“
Place Command – A command to tell the dog to stay in a specific place. The dog may lie down, sit up, lie on its back, go to sleep or jump up and down so long as the dog stays at the specific place.
Plant Dog – A dog with a temperament and training making it suitable to work by itself protecting industrial plants, automobile sales lots, etc. This type of dog is NOT suitable for personal protection work.
Platz Command – German for “Down” or “Lie Down”
Play Drive – based from prey drive but from time to time trainers refer to the dog manipulating and biting toy objects as “play drive”
Positive Motivation / Reinforcement – Adding a pleasant stimulus to a dog to increase the occurance of an desired behavior. An example would be giving a dog treat to a dog when he sits.
Positive Punishment – Adding an unpleasant stimulus to a dog to reduce the occurance of an undesired behavior. An example would be jerking on the leash to teach the dog not to run out into the road.
Possessive Aggression – When the personal protection dog barks, growls or snarls when it perceives one of it’s possessions is about to be taken.
Possessiveness – The tendency of a dog to want to keep what he/she perceives as its belongings.
Potential Threat – An alert situation where either because of the environment or individuals in the environment that are acting in a manner that would indicate the possibility of attack.
Prey Aggression – Snarling, growling, barking and trying to kill what the personal protection dog perceives as prey.
Prey Drive – The natural instinct to chase things.
Primary Reinforcer – Food, toy and/or praise used to reward a protection dog for exhibiting the wanted behavior.
Principles of Conditioning – Theories of dog training such as classical conditioning and operant conditioning.
Prong Collar – One of the most humane, yet nasty looking training collars. Some say it’s designed to mimic the bite of a mother dog. This collar will only constrict the dog’s neck to a certain point.
Proofing – Attempting to sabotage a dog’s training to ‘prove’ the dog will be obedient in all environments and in the midst of heavy distractions.
Protection Blind – A piece of Ring Sport equipment where a decoy hides.
Protection Dog Levels – This is a ‘buyer beware’ term when seen in the promotional materials of a protection dog vendor. There are no recognized standards for levels of protection dogs. The levels are purely attached to a specific company providing such dogs, i.e. a level I dog from one company may be a level II dog at another company.
Protection Helmet – A hard plastic or leather head covering and face shield designed to protect the decoy/helper during protection training.
Protection Suit – See ‘Bite Suit‘
Puppy Sham – A soft flexible tool for young dogs’ bite work training.
Puppy Sleeve – A bite work device designed to protect the teeth of a young dog who is beginning bite training.