Not every dog is a suitable candidate for protection training. Dogs selected for protection training should be confident, clear-headed and have a good temperament.
While it can be advantageous to start a dog young, we generally only work with dogs that are mature (approx. 1 year or older) and have been well-socialized. All dogs that we train in protection must first go through obedience training. It is important that the handler has control and that the dog is not making the decision as to when to be protective. Personal protection is really an extension of obedience. A dog is taught to bite, guard or release just as it is taught to sit, down or stay. Handlers must be higher ranking pack members as control is of utmost importance in training a protection dog safely vs. creating a dog that is dangerous.
We specialize in personal protection and security dogs. If you are looking to join a club sport, we are happy to point you in the right direction.