A Level I Protection dog is trained to threaten on command as well as cease aggression on command. The aggression taught is primarily command controlled. However, the dog will learn to naturally alert to certain sounds and situations.

The dog will learn to alert and threaten while in the house, being walked on the street, in the yard, and in the car. The dog will also learn to cease aggression on command in all of the above situations.

“Check” is one of the most useful commands in this level of training. The dog learns to check the house for intruders on command and warn the owner of intruders.


In Level II Protection, the dog learns how to do battle on behalf of his owner. He learns how to apprehend on command by apprehending and holding an arm or leg.

He learns to let go on command and stand guard in order to keep the bad guy from moving. Should the bad guy attempt an escape, the dog will again apprehend.

The dog will stand guard while the suspect is being searched, and then escort the suspect from one location to another. The dog will come away from the suspect on command. The dog will learn to do all of the above on a 6-foot leash and 30-foot long line. Situation scenarios will be practiced.


In Level III Protection, the dog learns to work entirely by voice control. The lessons taught are primarily the same as in Level II, but with one very important distinction. The dog is operating without any physical restraint.

The apprehension, release, guard and escort are all done off the leash. In addition, the bark and hold, and stopped attack are practiced. In this level, additional pressure is put on the dog, such as yelling, different sticks, and sound of gunfire.


Advanced protection is done on a case-by-case basis, depending on the dog, owner, and use. Selections include:

1. Guard of object (briefcase, purse, etc.)
2. Defense of handler (in motion walking backwards)
3. Hidden sleeve situation work
4. Practice with weapons and difficult scenarios
5. Muzzle attack

Note: Dogs must be at least one year of age to enter into serious protection work. A prerequisite for this training is on- and off-leash obedience. Puppy conditioning using play, prey and introduction to stick work is encouraged.

Protections Levels 2-Advanced available in Tennesee.