Training for a protection dog begins early. Typically, most dogs are temperament tested at a young age(9 weeks-6 months). Although most of the breeds we work with such as German shepherds and Belgian malinois are know for being “protective” only a few candidates will make the cut. This is because genetics and maturity play a big role in choosing the right dog for the job. One of the big misconceptions about a personal protection dog is how they are trained. We do not train a dog to bite out of fear or make them more aggressive. If a trainer claims to sell a dog that is “real aggressive”…RUN! These dogs will be a liability. Dogs do not need to be trained through fear aggression to protect. True personal protection dogs should be an asset much like a security system and not a liability for your guest.
When we start training after selecting the right dogs for our program it all begins with obedience. After we have built a solid foundation with basic commands we begin to work on advanced obedience such as off leash training. The protection phase of training also starts early on. We introduce the dogs to bite equipment to teach targeting and work on the dogs grip. When the dog is ready, we start to work on real scenarios owners may face with their dog. This could be a car jacking situation or home invasion. It’s also important to train obedience in real situations as well. For this we take the dogs to places like coffee shops and small outdoor events. It takes a lot of time and dedication to train a personal protection dog, however the end result is priceless. With the custom training we provide and our selective process on choosing the right dogs Its no wonder why our personal protection dogs are becoming more popular.