Protection Training

Personal Protection Training


We have years of experience and industry connections with Schutzhund and IPO, French Ring training, Police K9, and personal protection. The latter is not a sport. IPO and ring sports are point-based competitive venues. There are protection dog tournaments, but it’s different than sport dogs.

A personal protection dog is not only a companion, it is a dog selected for a job, and trained extensively in that job. Along with the training, this type of dog also comes with a special responsibility. As the dogs owner, you must be trained in handling the dog through obedience, as well as through all your protection scenarios. Just like police K9s, protection dogs require maintenance, control, and proper guidance. You cannot expect your dog to perform well if you don’t maintain their training.

Many breeds do personal protection. The most common would be the German Shepherd Dog. Regardless of what breed you choose, dog selection is critically important. You cannot turn a Beagle into a police dog. You cannot turn a Lab into a protection dog, even though its large and has teeth. And you cannot turn just any German Shepherd, Doberman, or Malinois into a reliable protection dog. Some of them have what it takes, and some don’t. Once you have a well-bred, clear headed dog with a great temperament, you can begin training. From there, it’s also critical. A bad trainer can ruin your dog, and a great trainer will produce a well-trained dog. A protection dog should not be nervy, reactive, or flying off the handle! A protection dog should be a family (or individual) companion, safe around other dogs, and safe in public at all times. If you are not responsible with training and handling, you are risking a lawsuit. It has to be done right. We have worked successfully with many individuals in this field of training.

WARNING: Be very careful buying “trained protection dogs.” There are a lot of companies out there who have great websites, marketing, and great sales techniques, but you may not get what you are expecting. Be wary of any company that sells “executive protection dogs.” You can spend a lot of money and get what you think is a trained executive protection dog, but unless you are an experienced trainer, you will not know what you are getting. How will a trainer or company who is out of state (or even in another international country) help you with follow-up and maintenance training? Unfortunately, we often work with clients who have been duped by one of these big “executive protection dog for sale” companies. We have seen dogs who were not obedience trained, dogs who were dangerous to family members, dogs who would not really protect anyone, and German Shepherds and Malinois with severe health issues such as crippling hip dysplasia. A dog with severe health problems cannot do its job. Worst of all, it is very sad to hear a family member was hospitalized after being mauled by an unstable dog that was sold to them by a big name company on the internet. The company who sold the dog has a lot of “credentials” and “testimonials” on their website, but as an industry pro, we can see right through it. They are borderline scam-artists and frauds. Please contact us, or another reputable trainer before you go spending huge bucks on a dog you’ve never seen. It is quite possible, and preferable, that you purchase a dog who has obedience training but not actual protection training, because then you can complete that training with your dog, and with a professional trainer who is local to you. The most important thing is that you get a quality dog to begin with, from a reputable professional rather than a salesman, or else all the training in the world won’t make the dog a true protection dog.

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