In an unregulated industry without standards you can get the very best but also the very worst. There are certainly good companies and good trainers out there but there are also many taking advantage of hardworking people that are looking for a quality dog to protect them and their families. Several customers have come to us for help with their dog this past year after deciding to acquire a dog from a private individual or a company abroad and realizing is not what they expected. This page is meant to make you aware and help you in making the best decision for you. Based on our own experience and that of people who have come to us after being taken advantage of we have 3 stereotypes usually encountered while looking for the ideal trained family protection dogs. They should be recognized and avoided.
BEWARE of “El Desperado”
Desperado is that private individual selling his own personal or family protection dog for what seems to be an incredible deal. Usually found in your local classifieds or other web listing. Folks, if someone is selling their dog for a low price chances are that there is something wrong with the animal. A number of things could be wrong and yes there is that chance that its true and they have to move or leave the country but more often than not the reality is that either the dog bit them or someone they knew, has bad habits, they showed aggression, health issues have been discovered or the dog simply disappointed the owner in some way. In this situation you would have no idea of what training the dog has been through, who trained it, and if you wanted to return the animal and make a claim you would have no recourse. You will lose your money.
BEWARE of “El Cheapo”
El Cheapo would be those companies or trainers that either because of laziness or lack of knowledge are selling poorly trained dogs to families as protection dogs and fall short of what a real protection dog is. These dogs usually sell for $3000-$6500 and the seller claims the dog to be fully trained in what some refer to as “Level 2 or 3 protection training”. We have had a few customers who were fooled by 2 companies out of Europe using a telephone number from the states. Some customers never received a dog after sending them $6500 and the lucky customers received a shitty dog that wouldn’t protect if their life depended on it. Don’t be fooled by these 2 companies who rank high in google and other search engines, they claim to have every breed imaginable and they are all excellent-yeah right. People, there is no way to purchase or raise a high caliber dog whether from the States or Europe, feed it, take care of its health, cleaning and logging the hundreds of hours in labor necessary to finish a safe fully trained dog, sell it for 3k-6k and make money. The numbers don’t add up folks. What these people are doing is finding cheap dogs, sometimes free dogs even from shelters, teach them aggression, and sell them as family protection dogs, what they are creating are time bombs. After you tell them you are looking for say a doberman, they tell you they have the perfect one and may even send you a video of another dog, not much differences to a customers untrained eye. They will go out and find a doberman, stick him in a cage and start poking the dog. When the dog bites they stop the poking thereby teaching the dog that biting makes the problem go away. What do you think will happen when little Susie pokes the dog or step on its tail after you bring him home? The dog may bite to make the problem go away. This training takes anywhere from 1-2 weeks which is all they can afford to spend on a dog if they are selling it for 3-6k. You can see on their videos how you have to put yourself in harms way by having to re-approach the attacker in order to get your dog back. A finished protection dog should be recalled off the bite and back to your side with a simple command. These dogs don’t have a foundation, no socialization and although they may protect a warehouse or a junk yard they are not protection trained they are aggression trained, they are dangerous and unpredictable and not a product for family. Others customers have been sent nothing more than an expensive lap dog for a protection dog. You will not get a protection dog and will have no recourse. You will lose your money.
BEWARE of “El Loco”
Because hype seems to be worth more than gold to some we refer to El Loco to those companies who will say anything to justify their gazillion dollar dogs or “Hollywood” dogs as some call them. Bless them and the people that give them their money . These companies typically sell dogs from 60k to 80k and above, reinvest in aggressive marketing campaigns, run expensive magazine ads etc which makes them look big and gives them a presence but also makes their dogs very expensive. They feel in their own minds that they reinvented the wheel, they think their dogs are godly and play the piano, violin, and are better than any other dog on the planet. In reality they are usually brokers who don’t have any dogs in stock but will find you the “perfect one because of their century old relationships in Europe” . We had one celebrity customer come to us with a beautiful German Shepherd he paid one of these companies close to 80k for. The obedience was so flashy you had to wear sunglasses, the protection looked good and strong while the decoy had a sleeve but regardless the customer had read about fancy sports dogs and began to doubt his dogs real ability to protect so he asked us to test him. All we had to do was throw this dog one of our sleeves over the fence for him to go play with it and let us free to enter the house and have contact with the client and his family. Further more one of our trainers pulled out a ball and began to give the dog obedience commands in the clients house, this $80,000 beautiful German Shepherd turned into a little robot for that ball. Having said this, generally speaking, these companies can have or can find very good dogs but they will be dogs that they don’t know personally and the information they give you is information given to them by whomever owns the dog. Their dogs are no better than ours. They are most trained in rings sports and hopefully cross-trained for real protection. They may also provide the right handler training, and so can we. They guarantee their dogs and training, and so do we. So, what is the difference between a legit $25,000 dog and a $80,000 dog? About $55,000 worth of marketing and hype. Its up to you to swallow the hype. Spend 35k or less with us on the same dog if not better and spend the rest on shoes.