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Personal and Family Protection Training

Most people think that protection training means "attack" training and that you end up with a vicious dog that is a liability in a family setting. With our methods protection means just that - protection. A dog cannot protect you or your family unless it can go anywhere you go and is well enough behaved that it is welcome everywhere. When we train a protection dog we start with an incredibly strong foundation in obedience and socialization. Your dog must be 100% social (friendly) and obedient before we will even begin the protection aspect of the training. 

Our methods teach your dog to recognize aggressive behavior and violence and to react to it in such a controlled manner as to stop the aggressor without anger or fear. Your dog is merely protecting his "pack." A protection trained dog is strong and courageous and has the confidence to stand up to a man who means to harm you or your family. He reacts only to violence or to command and is otherwise just the same family pet he's always been. No one would ever know your dog is trained for protection unless someone is unwise enough to threaten harm to you or your family. 

Not all dogs are capable of becoming protection dogs. We offer free evaluations to find out if your dog has what it takes for this kind of work. During the evaluation, we will test your dog's personality and genetic behaviors to see if this type of training would be worthwhile for you to pursue. Protection training is a long process and is not to be taken lightly. It can take the better part of a year for some dogs to master these skills. A protection dog gives you peace of mind knowing you¹ve done all you can to protect your family when you’re not there to do it yourself. 

Our protection programs are individually tailored to your situation and your dog's personality and genetics. We teach your dog using the exact same principles that we use when training the handler protection aspect of a police dog training program. Your dog will learn a silent "watch" command that alerts him to a dangerous situation but does not allow him to show aggression. He will also learn a "watch" command that alerts him and encourages him to show controlled aggression to warn off a would-be attacker. Your dog will learn a command to grip and hold the aggressor until the aggressor submits and your dog will learn a command to relinquish control of the aggressor to you. Your dog will also learn a command to cease all aggression and accept attention from anyone he is told to accept. Your dog will learn all this and yet retain the same personality he had before he started training. As unlikely as it sounds, a protection dog is less likely to bite than an untrained dog because he understands aggressive behavior and has the confidence to deal with it. 

Additional Traning Information

Commands
The following is a list of the commands that are taught in each program. All commands will be taught by both voice and hand signal.
Heel With an automatic sit when you stop
Sit From the stand or down
Down From the sit or stand
Stand From the sit or down
Stay In each of the 3 positions
Come With an automatic front sit
Finish Dog returns to heel with automatic sit
About 180 Degree turns to right and left
Settle Gets the dog into a calm, receptive state
Okay Releases the dog from command
Informal Commands
Off
Get down
No
Don't
Back
Stop crowding the door
Wait
Don't go forward
Quiet
Shhh
Leave it
Forget about it
Kennel
Go through the gate or into create
Load Up
Get in the Car
Dress
Hold still to get collar/leash on
Problem Solving
All of our training programs include problem solving such as:
Jumping Up
Chewing
Digging
Mouthing
Licking
Biting
Barking
Begging
Housebreaking
Aggression
Fearfulness
Separation
Anxiety
Getting in the Trash
Anything else you find irritating