There are a lot of ways to train a dog to protect you, property, or a certain space or area. There are fantastic protection sports out there that we can all learn from. But at the end of the day, these systems are far more involved than what the average person needs in a protection dog.
Don’t get me wrong - dog sports have their place and can be applied to personal protection. However, these are entire systems designed to challenge dogs to perform at extreme levels in tracking, guarding, and general obedience—and then fearlessly find a man and bite him. It's just not practical for most dogs and most owners.
Most people who are looking for a protection dog simply need their dog to bite under command, withstand environmental pressure, abort before biting, and be quick to release the bite and return to the handler. We developed the GNA Training Academy Personal Protection Dog program with this in mind, so dogs are trained to do what they need to do without all the excess and pressure to compete.
Our Personal Protection Dog program includes all the best elements of French Ring, Mondio, KNPV, PSA, and Shutzhund, condensed into a practical protection system. The program uses the core drive principles from the protection sport systems to achieve the perfect protector in less time with less stress on you, the handler. It's designed to be comprehensive training for real world situations, focusing on utility and reliability.
GNA Training's system is different from other protection dog programs because we teach modern tactics for practical street application. This means that we avoid issues like equipment fixation and uncapped drive, while simultaneously teaching practical disarmament techniques and reliability with recall and outs. We train to achieve a dog who is confident in their abilities yet still controlled.
The Personal Protection Dog program is not about breed, pedigrees, or papers. It is strictly about ability. It is not a sport and there are no points. It comes down to whether your dog has the temperament and drive to do the job, and nothing else.
All dogs entering our Personal Protection Dog program are required to complete our Basic and Advanced Obedience programs or comparable training prior to admittance into the program. We can also start puppies with foundational work, including obedience and imprinting the bite.
There are three levels of Personal Protection Dog achievement:
Ring of Life Level 1
- Introduction To Prey & Fight Drive
- Introduction To The Stick
- Introduction to Gunfire
- Alert Command
- Bark & Hold
- The “Out” Command
- Equipment Selection
- Dog or Pup Selection
- On & Off Leash Agitation
- Puppy Bite Imprinting
Ring of Fire Level 2
- Introduction To Defensive Drive
- Introduction To Find Decoy
- Food Refusal
- Scent Refusal
- Command Refusal
- Equipment Fixation
- Disarm Attacker
- Engage a Still Target
- Specific Body Targeting On and Off Leash
- Guard Item Command
Ring of Fire Level 3
- Introduction To Blending Prey & Defensive Drives
- Professional Vehicle Protection
- Perimeter Defense
- Engage Decoy On Slick Terrain
- Water Desensitization
- Muzzled Engagement
- Undercover Engagement
- Prisoner Escort
- Reverse Heel Guard Handler
Personal Protection Pricing
You may choose to book lessons on an individual, hourly basis at our full hourly rate of $265. However, we recommend purchasing one of our lesson package options, which offers a lower price per lesson as well as more comprehensive and customizable options. The more you buy, the more you save.
7 Lessons $1750
14 Lessons $3250
28 Lessons $6000