Zina is a KNPV German Shepherd puppy that we had bred. She is only six months old in this video but we have been training her since she was five weeks old.
The work that we do is very special and different, much different then what you would see in the sporting world. In the KNPV when they do the article search they have their dogs find the article and bring it back to the handler, to me this makes no sense at all, why would you allow or train your dog to pick up an article that you may need for evidence.
Zina is a KNPV German Shepherd puppy that we had bred. She had started her training at five weeks of age. Note that she is only six months in this video, and the little girl was out in the woods two hours before we started the track. Also note that food was NOT the motivation to find the missing girl, and the little girl was a complete stranger to us.
Zina is a KNPV German Shepherd puppy that we had bred and held back for our breeding program. She was the pick of the litter female. Zina started her training at five weeks. This is a Video of her doing bite work at six months old on an old French Ring suite.
The work that we do is very special, unlike many dog training videos you may see on YouTube, we don’t use any food, balls, or tugs for reward. The training concept that we use at CCK9 is very simple, it’s called communication. As humans we have a tendency to talk when we shouldn’t and don’t talk when we should. We work our dogs at a very young age, in fact we start are pups at five weeks. We feel that this is the most important time of the the pups life, from the age of five weeks to eight weeks, this lays the foundation for the pup for the rest of it’s life.
This weekend we did a marathon training session with all of our dogs, from all age groups from thirteen weeks to three years of age. We started at 6 a.m. with basic obedience, then moved on to advanced off leash training. After a short break we were on the agility course to get the dogs use to different environments and surfaces. A good Protection Dog has to be confident in any situation, whether they have to swim across ponds, or climb a ten foot wall.
After taking a quick brake for lunch, we then worked our dogs doing article searches. We were extremely proud of our new KNPV German Shepherd puppies, Sting (thirteen weeks) and Zina (six months of age) had no problem doing a 100 yard article search for the key and cone. We then loaded up the dogs in to the trucks and drove across the Kennel to have the decoys get suited up to do the bite work. We role played as many scenarios as possible, using many props, such as guns, knifes, baseball bats. These props help to condition the dogs to take out the weapon hand.
As daylight fell we gathered the dogs for man scent tracking in the deep woods. All the dogs did extremely well including the two female German Shepherds that were in heat.
This work that we do is all in a days work. Not a day will go bye that all our dogs are doing some form of training, even if it is merrily walking on a busy street we will take that opportunity to develop their street smarts.
We were very for fortunate to be in a position to purchase Sting. Sting is a six week old KNPV German Shepherd puppy from Holland. Sting looks very promising, with very strong nerves, and confirmation that one would die for. He has a large head, strong bones, a straight back, great pigmentation and walks straight on his toes and NOT on this hocks.
Sting’s pedigree is a very interesting one within the KNPV line. Starting with his direct Father Grandhi, one of Hollands top KNPV German Shepherd stud Dogs. Grandhi has earned his coveted title KNPV PH 1 and is working toward his PH 2 this July. As one knows, this is very rare for a German Shepherd to have a KNPV title.
We are looking forward to train him through our Elite Estate Family Protection Dog program. Sting is not for sale as he will be held back as one of are stud dogs once he completes the Elite Estate Family Protection Dog program. We will keep you posted on his progress.
Founded in 1907, K.N.P.V., otherwise known as the Royal Dutch Police Dog Association has the job of certifying dogs with coveted certificates. Located in the Netherlands (Holland) this association is divided into eleven provinces, each one having its own board. Each provinces’ board represents the members of the K.N.P.V. at the Head Board meetings. As of April in 1994 there were 509 K.N.P.V. clubs in Holland. According to many, Holland is a very dog loving country. Especially in the southern area where many of their clubs are located. In Holland, if you leave one of the training fields you are already headed into the next. That shows just how dedicated and involved the people of Holland are in the K.N.P.V. organization.
Holland’s clubs have always been different from other countries like Germany, Belgium, and France when they train dogs like the German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois. They prefer to hold onto the old fashion dog training, to make sure that only strong dogs are produced. In other countries, training programs have changed significantly over the years, but not in the Holland K.N.P.V. clubs. They have never changed their rules, exercises, or making sure that they are breeding qualified dogs like the Belgian Malinois. Unlike other countries that changed their program to fit the breed of dog rather than starting off and dogs fit for the program. The Holland clubs know that K.N.P.V. wants working dogs and not just show dogs.
The members do everything they can to make sure that dogs accepted into the program are qualified. Members of the clubs are usually people who previously owned a dog. Most of the time they come to the club for the social aspect, commodity, and to be with other dog lovers, or enthusiasts. Many of the club members are already into dog training before wanting to join. If they do have a pup or young adult dog, they must be qualified for the program unless they do not keep them. Either the dog is fit for the program and gets a title, or else he gets sold immediately. This may seem harsh to other people, but the main reason for doing this is getting the dog titled as soon as possible. The main goal for all members of the Holland clubs is to train their dogs in the proper way to make them strong and qualified. By setting this goal, the Holland clubs are great examples of how all K.N.P.V. clubs should strive to be like.
Please note that just because a German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois dog receives a K.N.P.V. title certification it does not mean that they are certified as a protection dog as the K.N.P.V. is only a sporting title. But if your protection dog has one of these prestigious titles it is an additional asset.
Reno is a three year old KNPV Belgian Malinois import from Holland. He is a very hard independent dog, but at the same time very social and loves to spend time with his family (that has two young girls). Reno has a lot of street smarts, he works on the street each and every day and loves to go on bike rides with his family. He has a very high desire to please his handler, but at the same time he is calm in very day life. In his protection he absolutely devastating, he comes in fast and hard with a bone crushing bite. The pictures do not do Reno justice as he is absolutely stunning to look at. Reno would make a perfect fit for any one with a busy household.
In the Netherlands, during the early 1900′s, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging was founded. KNPV was first created because there was not a organization whose goal was to organize training of police dogs. These founders wanted to spread the knowledge of this type of training. KNPV conducts police dog trials and then offers certificates. The certificates that they give out to the dogs are respected and coveted by many around the world. In the early days of KNPV the organization would put through the trials many different breeds such as the Bouvier des Flandres. Other breeds such as German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, Belgian Sheepdogs, and Dobermans were also among the breeds tried in the KNPV trials.
Most breeds are not cut out for these types of trials. That is because each trial requires a dog that has great nerves, physical strength, agility and stamina. One breed that fits all of these qualities is the Bouvier des Flandres. The Bouvier des Flandres, often referred to simply as the Bouvier originated in Belgium as a work dog around the farm. The types of tasks they would perform would be things such as cart pulling, cattle herder, and a messenger dog. The Bouvier is powerfully built, rough-coated, and all around a strong looking breed. Its tough double coat protects this breed in all weather, which allows them to perform their best always.
The Bouvier, in todays world are no longer being used for the KNPV program, for they have been bred incorrectly and cannot do the sport of KNPV. This breed is also not a good option to make a good personal protection dog for they are too weak in the nerves. The only breeds that are recommended to handle the work of a protection dog in todays world is the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois and the Dutch shepherd, and with these breeds, there are only 1% of that can do the work.
Remember that KNPV has always been a sporting title and a certification program for civilians to train dogs. I no way does the KNPV represent a title or a quality of a personal protection dog. The tests that are put forth through the trials of KNPV do not even come close to all of the qualities, skills, and nerves that a great personal protection dog embody.