- HEEL WORK
- FLIP TO HEEL
- WALKING ON THE LEAD
Protection Dogs Worldwide is proud to be able to offer courses on protection training for your own dog. Prior to training, however, it is important that your dog is carefully assessed for temperament and drive, in order to determine whether it has the necessary attributes to become a trained personal protection dog.
Our experience has taught us that not every dog is capable of becoming a protection dog. This may be a shame in some cases and it is hard to disappoint expectant clients, but pushing an unsuitable dog into our training would be unfair on the dog, on the client – even on us. More than that, it would be dangerous and at Protection Dogs Worldwide, we do not gamble when the stakes are so high.
Unlike other companies, at Protection Dogs Worldwide we also know that protection training can only be undertaken once a dog is sufficiently mature. Given that dogs are our passion first and foremost, and each of our team has enormous respect for them, we refuse to harm the development of puppies and young dogs by subjecting them to full protection training prematurely.
It is therefore vital that your dog undergoes a careful and considered assessment before we take it on board. If it is capable of becoming a fully trained protection dog, we will provide you with an estimate of time and cost involved, and you can be confident that it will succeed under our training, guidance and care. If the dog is not capable we will tell you immediately, for it is not in our interest to waste your time or money.
Before beginning protection training, each dog must first undertake essential obedience training. When thinking about the trust and competence involved in protection training, it is clear that dogs must be highly obedient at the outset.
If you think your dog has the potential to become a family protection dog, call us today to find out how we can help.
Before starting any protection training, your dog must have passed our obedience course.
Protection training starts by utilising the dog’s natural prey instinct.
During this phase we keep the training fun, engaging the dog in a game of tug. This enables him to get comfortable with the helper and equipment. Limited control is used at this stage, our main aim is for the dog to enjoy the engagement with the helper and build self-confidence. It is important that the dog feels unpressured.
This stage is crucial for setting the correct foundations that subsequent training is built upon.
More structure and control is introduced now. By building on what the dog has learned we start to put behaviour on cue. This includes a reliable ‘out’ response (release of sleeve).The training is progressed at the dog’s pace, utilising the skill and knowledge of the trainers.
All the elements in Stages 1 and 2 are brought together here. If appropriate, real life threats and situations are introduced to the training. The dog will be tested for noise aversion and trained to focus on the helper/ agitator rather than a sleeve or bite pillow.
Very few dogs have the correct drives and nerves to reach our elite standard. Trainers will assess and advise if your dog has what it takes.
Dogs at elite level will work off lead confidently and follow commands. They will guard in the heel position, run in to stop an attacker and show inhibition to bite during an emergency stop command mid-flight. They will search areas, hold perpetrators as required and work on a bite suit. With the correct temperament and an instinctive trainer, an elite dog can achieve great things.
We welcome any queries and are happy to provide further information, so please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!