Protection Dog Training

We are excited to announce the first of many dog training clinics to be hosted here at Blue Line K9. Justin Rigney, of K9 Services Unlimited from Tenessee, will be coming all the way to Idaho for a two day clinic.

Rigney has extensive experience training dogs in protection sports, law enforcement, pet obedience, scent work, and more. Rigney will be sharing his experience with the Ecollar delivered through his interpretation of NePoPo™️.

Attendees will learn about power biting, learning theories, and the proper utilization of the Ecollar being implemented as “gas pedal, instead of just the breaks of yesteryear.”  Information in this class will include, but not limited to:
  • Classically conditioning positive association to the equipment itself.
  • Counter conditioning previously unpleasant associations to the equipment.
  • Charging the Ecollar stimulations for activation to do the wanted behaviors.
  • How to apply stim to all learned behaviors through inductive communication.
  • Aversive control.
  • Proofing.
  • Trouble shooting connectivity and more.

PERSONAL, HOME, AND PROFESSIONAL PROTECTION DOG TRAINING

Blue Line K9 is dedicated to developing, preserving, and using a canine’s natural instincts, intelligence, and ease of control to perform meaningful, functional tasks for their owners. Our goal is to maximizing the social, family orientation through sports and practical application of dog training. In addition we evaluate a canine’s working ability while maintaining and improving breeding stock to conform to the breed’s original purpose and function.

The traditional pipeline for your dog to become a personal protection starts with a basic obedience class or private lessons, an intermediate obedience class(optional), a basic obedience for the personal protection dog class, finishing with a 12 week/30 hour course.

We offer private courses for professionals who need a more customized approach in a shorter timeline. Please call for more details.

TYPICALLY PROTECTION DOGS COME FROM A WORKING LINE BREED. THIS INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:

GERMAN SHEPHERDS

Belgian Malinois

Dutch Shepherds

Rotweilers

Dobermans

Giant Schnauzers

LEVELS OF PROTECTION TRAINING WE OFFER

BASIC PROTECTION

The Basic Protection dog training program is for the dog owner who has a dog that has the right drive and temperament, but doesn’t have a whole lot of courage. This program teaches the dog to bite when an aggressive person physically makes a move to physically attack the owner.

Advanced PROTECTION

The Advanced Protection Dog Training program incorporates the Basic Protection Dog Training but requires a dog with much higher drive, courage, and temperament. This program is designed to take your dog from the training field to your home. You would be able to use your dog in home as personal protection and up to the point where you could use it to search for someone who has broken into your home and then alert you to their location. Then, if necessary, bite and hold the intruder if they pose a significant threat of violence to you and your family.

BASIC OBEDIENCE FOR THE PERSONAL PROTECTION DOG

Controlled Aggression Through Obedience.

The Basic Obedience for the Protection Dog class will teach you how to build drive for the tug, how to properly play tug, how to mark and reward with the tug, obedience(sit, down, heel, recall) with the tug, and basic agitation for a bite sleeve or bite pillow. Part of the full Personal Protection Dog course includes passing a strict set of obedience commands that include on and off leash control while heeling at slow, medium, and a fast pace. The Basic Obedience class will get you ready for this portion of the Personal Protection Dog certification process.

$155

The class is 8 weeks long for an hour each class.

This class is the prerequisite for the Personal Protection Dog course. If you can pass the obedience evaluation portion of the Personal Protection Dog course, this class may be waived if you dog also displays the proper drives.

Required equipment:  A jute/synthetic tug toy or ball on a rope. A 6 foot or longer leash and a harness.

Obedience requirements before the class:

  1. Sit and stay and the end of your line for a duration longer than 30 seconds.
  2. Down and stay at the end of your line for a duration longer than 30 seconds.
  3. The dog must understand the basic heel position.
  4. A basic understanding of the on leash recall.

Personal Protection Dog Course

12 Week Course – 24+ Hours of Training

  • Each team will be required to pass a minimum standard similar to the standards most states have for Police K9’s.
  • The minimum standard includes a recall, call-off, handler protection, and basic obedience movements on and off leash at a slow, medium, and fast pace.
  • Each class will build the proper drives while emphasizing obedience. In order for you to be successful away from the training field we will train in various environments such as open fields, parks, industrial areas, commercial spaces, and residences.

There are two pre-requisites to enter a personal protection dog course. 

  • You’ll either have to complete the 6 week Basic Obedience Class for the Protection dog, or
  • pass an evaluation to help determine if the dog has the right amount of obedience before starting the class.

Please call or email to learn more about the Personal Protection Dog Course.

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