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K9 Professional Training Series

Create a safe, successful K9 training program that results in reliable protection dogs.

Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak, leading dog trainers from the Netherlands, share their proven, comprehensive program for training dogs for personal protection. Their cutting-edge techniques and work with the International Red Cross, the United Nations and the International Rescue Dog Organization (IRO) have placed them in world demand.

In this fully revised and updated edition of K9 Personal Protection, Resi and Ruud start with the basics, including how to select the right dog for protection work, how to properly raise a protection dog from a puppy and how to correct a dog’s bad behavior. Next, they cover fundamental obedience training for protection dogs, such as training for heelwork, the recall, the send away and more. Finally, they present a complete program for training reliable protection dogs, from basic exercises and decoy techniques to the exercises of the Dutch Police Dog KNPV program.

Learn how to:

  • Select the optimal breeds, temperament and physical and mental characteristics for protection work.
  • Master the obedience-training techniques that form the foundation of protection training.
  • Use the methods of the KNPV program, which produces some of the finest police and protection dogs in the world.

Table of Contents

Part I: Raising and Training
1. Conditions for success
2. Breeds for protection work
3. Training methods
4. Our association with dogs
5. Education and exercises
6. Stopping bad behavior
Part II: Obedience
7. Training for heelwork
8. Training the sit
9. Training the down
10. Training the stay
11. Training the stand and touching
12. Training the recall
13. Training the send away
14. Practical obedience
Part III: Protection
15. The Dutch police dog test
16. Decoy and dog
17. Raising for protection
18. Basic exercises for protection
19. Training for protection

Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak

Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak are world-renowned specialists in K9 training and the authors of more than 30 titles on dog training. They train search and rescue dogs for the International Red Cross and the United Nations (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), and they have trained drug and explosive detector dogs for the Dutch police and the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Gerritsen and Haak also serve as judges for the International Rescue Dog Organization.