We specially prepare each of our personal protection dogs to defend against kidnappings, carjacking and home invasions.
Many of our clients spend time in fragile and conflict-affected countries on business. These are places with high rates of kidnapping, carjacking and home invasions. We tailor our protection dog training to fit the needs of these international business clients and their families.
Kidnapping is the number one form of monetary extortion worldwide. Kidnappers seeking a large ransom often ensure cooperation by taking a spouse or child. Families that do manage to pay ransom have no guarantee that their loved one will be returned safely. We train our protection dogs to deter kidnappers and stop abductions in progress.
In Nigeria, the frequent kidnappings of executives and high profile targets in the Niger Delta have spread to the port city of Lagos. Victims are followed and kidnapped feet from their home.
Latin America is home to three of the most prominent kidnapping countries in the world: Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico. These countries have seen a rise in “express kidnappings,” sometimes called “millionaire tours”. Travelers are picked up by cab drivers who then pick up a gang of armed criminals. The victim is drugged, brought to various ATMs and made to withdraw money. Often, these victims are taken home to be robbed there. According to the Council for Law and Human Rights, there were 72 people kidnapped daily in Mexico in 2012. These numbers become even more troubling because police agencies advise that kidnappings are under reported.
By keeping a protection dog by your side, you are making yourself a less attractive target. Kidnappers want their crimes to be quick and quiet, and a big barking dog makes that impossible. Even if they aren’t aware of your dog’s advanced protection training, they will have to choose between the possibility of being attacked or moving on to another target.
Our personal protection dogs are more than just playmates for children; these dogs make for exceptional guardians. During the delivery process, we train our dogs to respond to each member of the family, so in a dangerous situation, your child can call on your dog’s training.
Dogs can also be handled by your family’s bodyguards; they can keep watch over your child in the car and walk with them to their school’s entrance.
At 2:10 of this clip, you can watch as a young girl handles a German Shepherd protection dog in a simulated kidnapping.
One rampant form of theft, especially in South Africa, is carjacking. In certain hotspot locations, road signs have been put up to alert motorists to this kind of danger. Numbers vary between sources, but there are somewhere between 9,000 and 16,000 carjackings in various parts of South Africa, with a high percentage of these taking place in the city of Johannesburg.
Personal protection dogs take the element of surprise away from attackers. While a distracted traveler at a red light makes for an easy target, we can train your dog to alert you to anyone approaching the vehicle. In this situation, your dog can show full aggression and block access to the car, giving you enough time to drive away or lock the car. If the would-be thief does manage to gain access to the vehicle, giving the “bite” command will allow you to immobilize the threat until assistance arrives.
Another option you have is to send the dog on the attacker from inside of the car. By rolling the window down and giving the “bite” command, your protection dog will dart out of the car and onto the threat.
You can see an example of this exercise 50 seconds into this video.
While door locks and alarm systems are important layers of security, they will only deter the undetermined. Criminals know that every home security system can be exploited. Forcing a single lock or window in your home is all it takes for an intruder to gain access. If you have a working house alarm, it will alert you and the police to the fact that someone is in your home. That leaves you to protect your family for the 5 to 35 minutes it takes for law enforcement to arrive.
Take a proactive approach by equipping yourself with a more effective layer of security: a German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois for protection.
These dogs have unmatched hearing and a sense of smell that makes them the first to know if someone is at the door. Their quick reflexes provide them with the ability to get the situation under control before the first police car is even on the way.
THE “TRAITOR” FAILSAFE
When you employ someone to watch your children or help around the house, you entrust them with very sensitive access and information. Not surprisingly, targeted robberies often involve an employee or acquaintance with inside knowledge. For this reason, we make sure that our dogs are willing to “bite the hand that feeds them”.
For example, if your housekeeper feeds and plays with your protection dog every day, they might expect to get a “free pass” if they ever attempt to harm your family. For most dogs, this would be true. Only through months of specialized training can we ensure that your dog will turn on aggressively against any threat you come across, whether they’re a familiar person or not.