Real-life Protection training
This program was created by a K9 police officer with over 30 years of street experience in the most dangerous neighborhoods of Chicago. Police K9s trained by these methods have produced countless lawful apprehensions.
An important message from TCK9 director, retired K9 officer Dozier
We take protection training very seriously. I have trained and certified many police dogs, and their combat training has saved my life multiple times. We compete in K9 sports, but we don’t train for K9 sports. Our goal is to develop each protection dog into a serious, stable soldier capable of doing his job, which is simply to protect his owner from harm.
My experience as a K9 officer in urban terrain taught me the importance of responding correctly to spontaneous, unrehearsed situations. This type of environment challenges many dogs and handlers that train in an open field. Few people worry about being attacked in an open field. We train in real-life scenarios, so our dogs and their handlers know how to respond if the need ever arises.
Before a dog/handler team ever begin protection training, they must display a strong foundation of obedience and control. What good is a tough protection dog that’s too unstable to go places with you? We don’t train a dog to be mean; we train the dog to do his job. Sometimes this job requires aggression, but it always requires control.
Officer Dozier with K9 Eich (German Shepherd imported from Holland).
Eich was a Schutzhund dog that required retraining for real-world street duty.
K9 Berry (Dutch Shepherd imported from Germany) was fully trained by Officer Dozier.
Berry excelled in patrol work and in various K9 sports.
With the right training, a dog can excel in both real-life work and the sport world.
K9 officer Eich (German Shepherd imported from Holland). Eich was a Schutzhund dog that required retraining for real-world street duty.
K9 officer Berry (Dutch Shepherd imported from Germany). Berry excelled in both patrol work and various K9 sports.