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Our Custom K9 program is designed for those clients that want the experience of picking one of our puppies and selecting the training that goes into developing the pup into the working K9 of their dreams. This program also offers what amounts to a financing option

 for your next fully trained protection dog.  Clients are able to select any or all of the below steps to put their new puppy through.  So for instance a client would be able to elect to have their pup trained to Step 5 then take him or her home.  This gives you the flexibility to choose how far you want to go with your new K9 companion.

A puppy is selected from one of our available pups or reserved from an upcoming litter.  We will assist you in making the selection as not all pups are born equal.  Depending on your personal needs, the necessary genetic temperament of your puppy may vary. As such, we will ensure you end up selecting a pup that best fits your personal needs and desires.
Once you have selected your puppy, you purchase the pup and he or she remains here for the next stage of training and development.

Each level of training takes a certain amount of 

time. Our training is billed on a per month 

basis, however bigger packages receive a certain discount on our per month charge. 
Once you have selected a package we progress your dog through our training levels.
The total for the training package you select is divided into monthly payments due at the beginning of each month.

PUPPY FOUNDATIONS TRAINING  – Training time 4 weeks
Your puppy begins his or her training journey here at Shield K9.  Your pup undergoes extensive socialization and environmental exposure.  This is the same program we put our prospective Police K9 prospects through.
Your puppy also commences basic obedience and house training using primarily positive reinforcement to stimulate the pup’s interest and joy in learning. Basic Obedience commands including SIT, DOWN, STAY, PLACE, COME, KENNEL and Leash walking are addressed.
We also begin setting the foundation for protection work the pup will learn as he begins to mature and drive building.

FUNCTIONAL OBEDIENCE / Protection Prep – Training time 12 weeks
Your puppy now has basic puppy obedience and house training.  It’s time to take things farther and make your pup’s obedience more reliable.  We now begin fine tuning the pup’s understanding of the obedience. He now begins to become more reliable and capable in his work. In this stage we introduce the E COLLAR and commence OFF LEASH RECALL TRAINING.
The pup’s drive also continues to be developed and foundation protection work continues. By the end of this stage, your pup now has more training and ability then most adult dogs ever have.

LEVEL I THREAT DETERRENT DOG – Training time 6 months
In this step your dog learns the advanced off leash obedience that stops people in their tracks as they can’t believe what they are seeing! 
Your pup now begins to learn protection work is more then a game, he is introduced to the concept of a real threat and how to engage and overcome the threat. Your pup learns how to use controlled aggression to win the fight. Our threat deterrent dogs are not trained to bite but to provide an active and physical deterrent to assaults, home invasions and robberies. 

– Training time 7 months
Your dog is now fully FREEDOM trained.
The dog is not only taught to engage in active aggression but to engage a threat if necessary. Dogs are taught correct gripping behavior and how to handle pressure before and during the fight.  Dogs that complete this level of training are now at the level of our LEVEL II FAMILY PROTECTION DOGS.

In this portion of the training your dog is progressed to an advanced level of command and control. The dog is taught advanced fighting skills, how to deal with passive threats, advanced protection scenarios similar to what a Police K9 would learn and advanced tactical obedience.  Your dog is honed into a proficient working K9 that is capable of dealing with any threat scenario. This level of training is reserved only for puppies of the highest quality.

Your dog is not trained and ready to go home with you. It is now time for you to d anywhere from 1 to 5 sessions with a Shield K9 trainer to familiarize yourself with your new dog and ensure you understand how best to maintain the training and structure that has been instilled in your Custom K9 moving forward. We will be there with you every step of the way ensuring that you, your family and new dog have maximum success moving forward.  Delivery to your home is available for an extra cost.