Protection Dog Training
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:
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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.
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:
- Sit and stay and the end of your line for a duration longer than 30 seconds.
- Down and stay at the end of your line for a duration longer than 30 seconds.
- The dog must understand the basic heel position.
- 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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LEVELS OF PROTECTION TRAINING WE OFFER
The Basic Protection Dog training program is for the dog and handler who have completed the Basic Obedience and 12 Week Personal Protection Dog Program.
Training for the Basic Protection Dog is in a group class format with a head trainer and dedicated decoys who meet to train 2-4 Saturdays a month. The emphasis of training is to meet a protection sport style standard including: Group and individual obedience, obstacles, sleeve and full suit bite work, and controlled aggression.
There are 3 levels of Basic Protection. For each level the dog and handler will learn how to complete a basic heeling pattern on and off leash, obstacles, and demonstrate the following:
- Friendly greeting of a passive and hostile decoy
- Alert on command of passive decoy
- Deter threat in 360 degree of handler
- Search for decoy
- Hold and bark
- Escape and transport of decoy
- Courage test
The Advanced Protection Training Program brings in what a dog has learned in the Basic Protection dog levels and puts them into scenarios. The saying we learned in law enforcement is that “We don’t rise to the occasion, We fall to our training and experience.” So we bring the dog and handler into practical training scenarios that make training look like reality vs a patterned event. Scenarios range from being attacked in the park, protection in and out of a vehicle, decoys who are passive and active, scenarios with and without visible equipment, props, noises, and much more.
Before entering the more Advanced Protection Training, each dog and handler must pass an evaluation meeting the minimum requirements from the Level 1 Basic Protection Dog.