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Create a safe, successful K9 training program that results in reliable protection dogs.

Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak, leading dog trainers from the Netherlands, share their proven, comprehensive program for training dogs for personal protection. Their cutting-edge techniques and work with the International Red Cross, the United Nations and the International Rescue Dog Organization (IRO) have placed them in world demand.

In this fully revised and updated edition of K9 Personal Protection, Resi and Ruud start with the basics, including how to select the right dog for protection work, how to properly raise a protection dog from a puppy and how to correct a dog’s bad behavior. Next, they cover fundamental obedience training for protection dogs, such as training for heelwork, the recall, the send away and more. Finally, they present a complete program for training reliable protection dogs, from basic exercises and decoy techniques to the exercises of the KNPV program.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Contents 6
Introduction 8
Raising and Training 10
1 Conditions for Success 12
2 Breeds for Protection Work 26
3 Training Methods 58
4 Our Relationship with Dogs 67
5 Basic Education and Exercises 76
6 Stopping Bad Behavior 86
Obedience 98
7 Training for Heelwork 100
8 Training the Sit 109
9 Training the Down 116
10 Training the Stay 122
11 Training the Stand and Touching 129
12 Training the Recall 136
13 Training the Send Away 143
14 Practical Obedience 149
Protection 156
15 The Dutch Police Dog Test 158
16 Decoy and Dog 178
17 Raising for Protection 197
18 Basic Exercises for Protection 209
19 Training for Protection 214
Epilogue: Pets and the Working Dog 236
Appendix: Dutch, German, and English Commands 240
Bibliography 246
About the Authors 248