Q. Will a Personal Protection dog be good around my children?

A. Every dog that is Protection trained MUST be EXCELLENT around and with children. All dogs trained by Golden State K-9 are temperament tested first by the breeder and then by the trainer(s).

Q. What is the best breed for Personal Protection?

A. Opinions vary from breeder to breeder, trainer to trainer. However, Breeds such as Cane Corso’s, Belgian Malinois’, German Shepherd Dogs, Rottweiler’s, Akita’s, Beaucerons, etc. have good to excellent working abilities. Although, every family’s situation and environment will dictate which breed is best suited to your family’s needs.

Q. What is the purpose of the follow-up training if I am buying a fully
trained dog?

A. Fully trained dog is only as good as it’s fully trained owner/handler. Imagine receiving a loaded M-16 and you have never even held a gun before. Having a fully trained protection dog is similar to having a loaded weapon. You MUST learn how to handle it properly.

Q. What is the difference between Schutzhund training and Personal
Protection training?

A. There are a few differences between a Personal Protection dog and a Schutzhund trained dog. While Schutzhund dogs can compete for titles, trophies, and ribbons, their protection work is geared almost exclusively for competitions. This protection sometimes leaves something to be desired in real-life settings and situations that our Clients might encounter. Another difference is that our dogs are not trained in tracking since this would increase training time, thereby increasing costs. Additionally, a Personal Protection dog is trained to listen to no one but their owners/handlers.

Q. Can I take my Personal Protector everywhere, and will it be good
with other animals?

A. Part of our philosophy at Golden State K-9 Training is that every dog placed MUST be excellent or indifferent to other animals that live with you or you encounter. You should be able to take your dog everywhere and anywhere you may need to go. (example: bank, grocery store, soccer practice, etc.)

Q. Will an adult dog be able to bond with my family like a puppy would?

A. Yes. An adult dog that has been properly temperament tested will be able to bond with its new family given approximately 12-18 weeks.