Trained Protection Dogs: An Investment Worth Considering

Written on February 12, 2021

Our goal at Specialty Dog Training is to provide our clients with healthy, balanced, loving, loyal and highly obedient protection dogs that not only provide safety and security, but also companionship in life. They are the true definition of a best friend.

SDT has dogs available at three levels of protection dogs: Level 1: Alarm/Deterrent Level 2: Personal & Family Protection and Level 3: Executive & Business Protection. We can custom build a dog for you, or match a dog we have available from any of these levels of training. Prices vary based on the training level and your location given required hand off and follow up training.

All SDT pre-trained dogs have the following, in addition to their level of protection training:

Advanced on and off leash obedience with the following cues: heel, sit, down, stay, stand, wait/halt, center, watch, right, come, load up and place. Our dogs are trained in real world environments and prepared to respond in any setting. They are good with children and social (our dogs view others as friends, not enemies, until told otherwise). Each dog is housebroken and crate trained, and comfortable and obedient riding in a vehicle.

Why Consider A Family Or Personal Protection Dog? 

Many people think that owning a family protection dog is like owning a policy K9. This is not the case, as the two differ greatly. Think of a loving family pet that is also a tool for your personal and property safety. Sadly, in the world that we live in, these companions become more and more vital to ensure your family and home is safe and secure without question.

By far, the most common threat to your home is a burglary. According to the FBI, a burglary occurs somewhere in the United States every 15.4 seconds. Burglary, by definition, is a non-confrontational crime but being victimized can leave a family filling vulnerable and violated. To prevent a burglary, it is important to first gain an understanding of who commits them and why. The majority of home an apartment burglaries occur during the daytime when most people are away at work or at school and during the summer months of June, July and August.

Statistics tell us that 70% of burglars use force to enter a dwelling. Police only clear about 13% of all reported burglaries and rarely catch the thief in the act. The first step is to “Harden The Target” or make your home more difficult to enter. Burglars will simply bypass homes that are protected by trained dogs that interrupt their activities by barking and showing aggression.

In the Unites States, an estimated 460,000 children are reported missing every year. This is more than the combined total between Australia, UK, Spain, Jamaica, Canada, Germany, India and Russia.


According to the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice, in the United Stated:

  • One property crime happens every 4 seconds
  • One burglary occurs every 20 seconds
  • One violent crime occurs every 25 seconds
  • One aggravated assault occurs every 45 seconds
  • One robbery occurs every 90 seconds
  • One rape or attempted rape occurs every 5 minutes
  • 38% of assaults and 60% of rapes occur during home invasions
  • Over 2,000,000 homes will experience a break-in or burglary this year
  • There are over 4,500 home burglaries per day in the United States

National Sexual Violence Resource Center:

The self-reported incidence of rape or sexual assault more than doubled from 1.4 victimizations per 1,000 persons’ age 12 or older in 2017 to 2.7 in 2018. Based on data from the survey, it is estimated that 734,630 people were raped (threatened, attempted, or completed) in the United States in 2018.

The reality of the threats out there and why a personal or family protection dog can change or save your life

Are you really safe once you get home and lock your door? Your home should be the sanctuary for you and your family. Your home is the only environment where you have control over who can get close to you and your family. Protecting your home and family from criminal intrusion should be high on your list of priorities.

Your family is your world and most people would do almost anything for the sake of their family, which includes protecting them from known dangers and harm. This has become increasingly difficult, because we live in a free society where we share the same public places as the violent criminals. Our team at Specialty Dog Training is committed to increasing your families safety when at home, and when you leave your home.

Some of our clients employ private security in the form of human bodyguards. We understand that some of you have very special needs and while we aren’t telling you to change or cancel other avenues of personal protection, we do know that your privacy is valuable as well. Having another person in your life constantly can often feel like an invasion of your private life and time with loved ones, It is also vey costly and there are things that human bodyguards can’t do that dogs can do, for much less money and a higher level of security.

Dogs hear nearly twice as many frequencies as humans. They can also hear sounds four times further away — so what human ears can hear from 20 feet away; our dogs can hear from 80 feet away.

Dogs can alert before the break-in or attack occurs and are very hard to sneak up on. Human bodyguards can sleep through those noises, smells, and movement.

Criminals know that being confronted by a trained protection dog is much more dangerous than dealing with an alarm system.

A properly trained personal protection dog will go with you on outings, drives, trips, walks and hikes, working late and leaving an office on your own and so on. They love to work, be with you and they don’t require the level of management, pay, and stress that hiring a human security team comes with.


The average cost of a personal protection dog over the life of the dog is under $250 a month. This is a reasonable price to pay for peace of mind, a highly effective security system and companionship. This varies based on the level of the protection program and lifespan of the dog. This average is based on a level 2 dog over 10 years. The average lifespan of a Belgian Malinois & German Shepherd is 12-14 years.