Protection Dog Trainer Course

Protection Dog Trainer Course

Protecting one’s home and family is important, and many turn to canine protection to meet their needs. Others are interested in training or handling protection dogs for competition. Our Protection Dog Trainers School teaches the skills necessary to confidently train a dog from “selection to protection.”

protection dog trainer schoolThis program instructs students on proper selection methods for protection dog prospects; students are then taught proven methods to train the protection dog for competition, personal protection, or police patrol work. Our Protection Dog Trainer School also covers the skills to properly decoy and handle protection dogs as well as covering such topics as drive development, protection competitions, targeting, grip, and channeling.

Graduates of our program leave with the knowledge to conduct all of the necessary training for starting and finishing an effective protection dog, such as teaching the out/release, recall, and bark and hold. Our scenario-based exercises cover carjacking, multiple-attackers, and other realistic situations.

Shorter program are designed for those who already possess a solid understanding of canine behavior and have a strong background in professional canine training or handling who are looking to enhance or polish their skills.

6 Week Program


Payments as Low as $89.40 per month

8 Week Program


Payments as Low as $116.09 per month

12 Week Program


Payments as Low as $151.03 per month

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Price includes deposit and program materials. Optional student housing is additional. Apply for our Protection Dog Trainer School today!

Below is a brief outline for the Protection Dog Trainer Program. This outline does not cover all of the material, lectures, discussions and hands-on application that is covered during the program and is provided to give a general idea of the material covered during the program. Practical application evaluations and written examinations occur following each week’s instruction.

Week One – Protection Dog Trainer School

Introduction and Ethology
Introduction to Professional Dog Training as a Career
– Evolution of the Canine
– Canine Ethology, & taxonomy
– Comparison of the Domestic Dog and other Canids
– Pedigree Research
Language of Dogs
– Reading and Understanding Canine Body Language and Stress Signals in Dogs
Applied Dog Behavior
– Understanding applied dog behavior
Clicker training as a method of Positive Reinforcement
Baiting and Luring dogs, using food as a reinforcement
Selection of Protection Prospects
– Selecting and Testing Puppies
– Selecting and Testing Adult Dogs

The Importance of Drive Development for Protection Work:
Puppy development
Understanding and Assessing Prey Drive
Hunting Ability
Defense Drive
Record Keeping

Week Two – Protection Dog Trainer School

Practical Application of Baiting and Luring Dogs
How Dogs Learn
– Learning Theory and Principles

– Application of Reinforcement Schedules
– Behavior Shaping and Fundamentals of Training
EXCEL-erated Learning
Working with Puppies
Crate Training and Housebreaking/ Puppies
Protection Training Equipment:
– Leashes and Collars
– Lines
– Bite Sleeves
– Hidden Equipment
– Bite Suits
– Other Safety Equipment
Teaching the Alert Bark

Week Three – Protection Dog Trainer School

Proper Application of Training Tools
Practical Socialization
Testing Dogs
Purely Positive Training
Training Protection Dogs
Proper Protection Dog Handling
– Creating a Safe Training Environment
– Problem Solving

Practical Protection Exercises

Week Four – Protection Dog Trainer School

A Dogs’ Mind
Behavior Problems
– Effective Behavior Analysis
– Dominance and Aggression
– Phobias and Fear Aggression
– Possessive Aggression
– Territorial Aggression
– Maternal Aggression
– Idiopathic Aggression
– Neurotic Behaviors
Successfully Resolving Problem Behaviors
Dog Aggression BITING
Behavior Analysis Assignment
Training Protection Dogs
Proper Decoy Techniques
– Teaching Target Biting
– Forearm Biting
– High Inside Bites
– High Outside Bites
– Leg Biting

Practical Protection Exercises

Week Five – Protection Dog Trainer School

Marketing Your Dog Training Business
Advertising Strategies for Dog Trainers
Website Planning and Design
– Site Structure
– Form vs. Function
– Blogs and other Web Marketing Ideas
Kennel Management
Running a Boarding Kennel
Working with Clients
Practical Business Management Assignments
Behavior Analysis Practical Examination
Training Protection Dogs
Proper Decoy Techniques
– Foundations of Grip Work
– Understanding the Reasons for a Poor Grip
– Solving Grip Problems
– Importance of a Solid Grip for Protection
– Using Prey and Reinforcements Properly

Practical Protection Exercises

Week Six – Protection Dog Trainer School

Explore Protection Dog Specialties
Attend a Private Lesson
Pet First Aid and CPR
Veterinary and Canine Medical Issues
– Understanding What is Normal
– Preventive Medicine
– Treatments for Illness
Agility Training for Protection Dogs
– Agility Course Layout
– Confidence Development
– Teaching Practical Agility
Training Protection Dogs
Beginning Competition Level Obedience Training
– Utilizing the Prey Item for Obedience
– Reinforcing the Out in Obedience
– Teaching the Attention Heel

Teaching the Out
– Punishment v. Reinforcement
Practical Protection Exercises

Week Seven – Protection Dog Trainer School

Protection Dog Handler Instruction
– Teaching Clients to Effectively Handle / Maintain Protection Dogs
– Understanding Your Role as a Trainer
– Aspects of Remedial Training
Proper Decoy Techniques
– Effectively Channeling the Protection Dog
– Effects of Stress on the Protection Dog
– Using Prey and Reinforcements Properly
– Teaching the Recall / Call-Off

Practical Protection Exercises

Week Eight – Protection Dog Trainer School

Training Protection Dogs
Proper Decoy Techniques
– Introduction to Advanced Level Bitesuit Problems
– Teaching the Passive Bite
– Reinforcing the Grip in the Suit

Practical Protection Exercises

Week Nine – Protection Dog Trainer School

Building Search Methods for Protection Handlers
– Building Search Methods
– Building Search Strategies
– Problem Solving
– Transferring Equipment
– Man Orientation Training
– Maintenance Training
Practical Protection Exercises

Week Ten – Protection Dog Trainer School

Training Protection Dogs
– Teaching the Courage Test
– Working with Blind Searches
– Apprehension with Gunfire
– Teaching the False Start
– Man Orientation Training Continued

Practical Protection Exercises

Week Eleven – Protection Dog Trainer School

Training Protection Dogs
– Teaching the Bark and Hold
– Vehicle Apprehensions & Carjacking Scenarios
– Handler Attacks
– Teaching Limited Access Bites

Practical Protection Exercises

Week Twelve – Protection Dog Trainer School

Training Protection Dogs
– Scenario Based Training Techniques
– Teaching the Dog to Work with Multiple Attackers
– Teaching Home Invasion Scenarios
– Special Considerations

Practical Protection Exercises

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