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I have had many clients who have purchased a protection dog from me after having been the victim of a violent crime. These are some of the best deliveries because I know that their chances of having anything else happen will now be minimal. Plus, the victim will often say that getting a protection dog has made them feel safe again. It’s great to know that our dogs are helping some of our clients in ways that go beyond just providing security.
While training, we often reenact situations and scenarios that are most likely to occur in reality. In fact, I listen closely to our clients who have been in violent situations and tailor the training around the crime with the addition, of course, of a protection dog. As you can image, adding the dog makes the outcome completely different!
Sometimes I hear other trainers say that they never allow their dogs to “interpret a situation” and that their dogs will only become defensive on command, when you tell them to. I understand the motive behind this and agree to a point. It’s true, it is very important that the handler has complete control over a highly trained and possibly lethal protection dog. However, I have found through the years and from my clients that, when put in extreme circumstances, sometimes it is okay to allow the dog to come to your defense without receiving a verbal command. The key is to train the dog to understand not only verbal direction but physical cues as well. It can be done.
One of my female clients who had been the victim of a vicious assault by a stranger spoke in detail about how the crime was committed against her. In training I keep what she said in mind. In her circumstances, a stranger struck her from behind, in the back of the head, in an effort to incapacitate her. Lying on the ground but still conscious, she described the state of shock she went into. She explained that she was not able to speak immediately after being hit. Fortunately, she escaped but even as she dialed 911 her speech was extremely slurred and she was confused as a result of the head trauma.
This is a perfect example of when a protection dog needs to understand that his or her handler needs them to come to their defense. Although the victim would not have been able to give a verbal command, our dogs are trained to take physical cues from their handler. In this situation, the protection dog would have jumped into defensive mode and targeted the wrist of the hand holding the weapon. The dog would have continued to bite until the person left. This crime would most likely be prevented all together if the protection dog had been present since the dog is a visual deterrent alone.
Another situation would involve someone breaking into your home as you sleep. The dog must protect you even as you are awakening and not able to fully comprehend the danger you are in. Given the dog’s superior sense of smell, an unknown person shouldn’t even make it a few feet past the front door.
I know that this treads a fine line since, obviously, you don’t want your protection dog to defend you when, say, someone bumps your shoulder. So we at CCK9 focus on the difference and train our dogs to come to your defense when your body language demonstrates exceptional fear. Also, without a doubt, your protection dog will always respond to verbal commands indicating that you are not in danger.
So it really is to your advantage to have a protection dog that is able to interpret if their handler has or will be assaulted. With a properly trained dog, this ability doesn’t mean a loss in control or that you aren’t in charge. It just means that your dog is prepared to come to your defense when you need them most.
Command Control Canine LTD is proud to offer our clients some of the best elite personal protection dogs in the world.
Zamp, a black and tan German shepherd, is no exception. A level III elite personal protection dog, Zamp is the perfect match for executives and their families who seek the ultimate in personal security.
Zamp has excellent pigmentation and is highly V rated in show. Devastating in conformation with a bite to match. His excellent nerves, very strong guard drive, and high degree of intelligence are matched by his social skills, gentleness with other animals, loyalty and special fondness for children.
Zamp is very expressive. He is fully committed to protecting his handler and engages in defense without hesitation. A serious dog, Zamp is one of the top ten greats we have imported from West Germany.
For more information or photos please visit our Featured Dog page.
One of the biggest misconceptions about guard dogs is that they are trained in the same way and have the same responsibilities as personal protection dogs. In actuality, they vary greatly in duties, genetics, training and in an array of other ways. While guard dogs do serve an important function, they are not comparable to protection dogs in several ways.
Guard dogs are most useful in the role of being a watchful gatekeeper to an estate, compound, or business. Highly territorial, they are more than willing to defend their defined ‘turf’. This is especially useful for businesses that lock up at night yet have valuable inventory that needs to be protected, such as a body shop or car dealership. They respect their handlers but are not sociable and lack the many years of training that personal protection dogs have. Protection dogs, due to their genetics and training, play a dual role in that they are highly sociable and great with children, pets and other people. Their ‘territory’ isn’t a defined area, it is their handler. Their job is to defend a physical person or person(s). The level of control is obviously greater. Protection dogs can be cross-trained to serve as guard dogs. We get this request a lot and it is easy to fulfill.
I cannot stress the importance of genetics enough. The makings of a phenomenal protection dog begin in the genes of its parents and grandparents. The secret to our success in having litters suited to CCK9’s high standards for personal protection dogs is due to our carefulness in selecting our parent dogs. In fact, all of our parent dogs have proven themselves by completing at least our Level II program. Dogs more suited to guard dog work are often the result of poor genetic planning on the part of the breeder. It is an unfortunate but common circumstance since only 1% of dogs possess the genetics to qualify as true protection dogs. This isn’t to say that there aren’t some fantastic guard dogs. It’s just that personal protection dogs have to be nearly perfect in every category just to train to perform their elite role.
Temperament and aptitude are also a product of genetics and play a key role in training. Without the proper attitude and high degree of intelligence it is impossible to train a dog for personal protection. One thing that both types of dogs have in common is that both must have a strong ‘guard’ drive. Quality guard dogs must have the nerve not to back down in the face of an intruder. How effective is a dog that backs away from a fence that a burglar is attempting to breach? Loud barking and a frantic temperament are the advantages of owning a guard dog.
Command Control K9 LTD will, on occasion, sell guard dogs. While we specialize in elite personal protection dogs we often have repeat clients ask us to find and evaluate guard/watch dogs for their estates and businesses. We take the request very seriously and always supply dogs with balance. Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding available personal protection or guard dogs.
St. Georges University, on the island of Grenada, is dedicated to providing top-notch security for the benefit of its students, employees and surrounding community. Rapid expansion of the campus combined with worldwide increases in crime and US Department of Education requirements spurred administrators to think outside of the box. After considering many options they opted to assemble a team consisting of eight highly trained and dedicated patrol officers combined with eight custom trained guard dogs. This decision turned out to be a complete success.
The staff in charge of implementing the program focused on five companies before deciding on Command Control K9 Ltd as the ideal provider of the eight dogs needed. Administrators had extremely specific requests and felt that CCK9 was best equipped to handle their requirements. All of the selected guard dogs had to be highly sociable and not pose a physical threat; all of them must serve to complement their handler. CCK9 was very happy to customize the canines to these exact specifications and supplied eight guard dogs that had been trained specifically in perimeter patrol. The K9 officers are now completely in control of any situation with the benefit of having a canine that is alert to any suspicious activity, will growl on command and serves as a visual deterrent. Perry Ahlgrimm, CEO of Command Control K9 Ltd, personally structured the intense two week training course as well as yearly maintenance courses. He continues to have an ongoing dialogue with St. Georges University.
Administrators at the university are pleased that CCK9 was able to provide dogs that met their very stringent criteria. If it weren’t for the versatile training methods employed by CCK9 the K9 unit would not be as successful as it is. They also appreciated Mr. Ahlgrimm’s professionalism, objective attitude and trustworthiness in addition to his superior training skills. In fact, Mr. Ahlgrimm was also consulted in screening potential K9 Unit security guards for the University.
CCK9 is proud to have provided a security solution to St. Georges University. They are dedicated to providing dogs custom tailored to a client’s situation and needs. Diligence, superior dogs, flexible training, attentive staff and a can-do attitude is what makes them a leader in the industry.
Springtime around the kennel is the most exciting time of the year. It means warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours. This translates to more time spent exercising and training our dogs, more hours practicing agility on the course and extended bite work time.
Although we have an indoor training rink we prefer to work outside. Great weather also allows us to perform aquatic exercises. The dogs are deployed across the pond, engage the target suspect and are then commanded to release and return to the side of the handler. Giving our dogs challenges like this prepare them for any situation they may encounter in the real world.
Spring is also whelping season. Cindy, one of our top Belgian Malinois, just whelped five strong, dense pups. Our newest litter still has a few pups not reserved; please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Lastly, CCK9 has started a series of landscaping projects, including ingenious dens on the west side of our 105 acre state of the art facility.
We’ll keep you posted.
Five German Shepherd protection dogs are the newest additions to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office. They are “multi-purpose dogs” for the sheriff’s department, which can do drug sniffing, tracking, criminal apprehension, and search or rescue. The sheriff’s office already had two dogs in their K-9 division, but they were trained only for drug sniffing. If the sheriff’s office had to track a suspect or chase down a criminal, they had to call in dogs from other agencies. Those agencies obviously had to respond to their own calls first, so the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office had to wait. Now, with five elite German Shepherd protection dogs, they have K-9 officers that can do it all. The drug-sniffing dogs are still on the force, and handle most of the drug and narcotics cases.
The dogs are technically four German Shepherd dogs and one Dutch Shepherd, named Balt, Jeager, Dibbs, Romo and Grimm, with Jeager being the odd one of the bunch. The officers assigned to each dog endured a four-week training course with the animals, and then took them home to be cared for as family pets. Each dog became a member of the family, and a constant companion for the officers. Like all elite protection dogs, the German Shepherds are trained to be gentle at home, but serious and dedicated while on the job.
All dogs are smart, but certain breeds are consistently at the head of the class. And German Shepherd puppies are one of them. PetMD recently released their list of the 10 Smartest Dogs, and to no surprise, the German Shepherd was number three on the list. The two breeds smarter than the German Shepherd were the Standard Poodle and Border Collie.
German Shepherds were ranked high for their intelligence, courage and dependability. They noted that German Shepherd dogs are easily trained and will obey commands the first time they are given. German Shepherds were originally bred to be intelligent, athletic herding animals, so they made the transition to guard dogs, police dogs and protection dogs quite easily. In fact, German Shepherd protection dogs are now used in countries and cultures around the globe.
The Belgian malinois litter was born March 20, 2009.
She had five big pups, 4 Male & 1 Female.
We still have 3 available, first pick, second pick, fifth pick.
They are all BIG, with large heads, great bone density.
Photo taken at 3 day of age.
The pups will be suitable for high end law enforcement, tactical military work, or top level personal protection dogs.
Keeping protection dogs and family pets healthy is always a top concern for owners. But what happens when our good intentions actually end up hurting our best friends? In a recent study at the University of Wisconsin, researchers found that vets and dog owners all over the country may be over-vaccinating dogs and causing health problems. Basically, in an effort to make their pets healthy, people may actually be making them sick.
Dr. Ronald Schultz, a pathobiological scientist at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine has been studying canine vaccines for nearly forty years. In his research, he has found that immunities can last an entire lifetime in canines. This means that quite possibly, people only need to vaccinate their dogs one time, instead of the yearly vaccinations that many family pets and protection dogs now receive.
The annual vaccinations are usually comprised of a single shot that includes vaccines for over 16 different canine diseases such as Lyme disease, parvovirus, distemper and more. The rabies shot is often given every three to five years, but Dr. Schultz’s findings also show that this may be over-vaccinating dogs as well. He has studied the antibody levels in dogs as they progress through their lifetimes, and his data has shown that the dogs retain their immunities to these diseases for many years, sometimes even until natural death.
Over-vaccinating dogs can lead to side effects like skin problems, allergic reactions and even autoimmune disease. Dr. Schultz’s research is becoming widely acknowledged by vets across the country, who are rethinking the annual schedule of vaccinations. His results could lead to cheaper vet visits and healthier pets and protection dogs.
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