12 February, 2024

How often do I need to walk my dog?

One of the most common questions we receive from first-time owners is how often they should walk their dogs. While more is almost always better than less for young and healthy dogs, understanding why we walk dogs is a good starting point which will help you make your own properly informed decisions. Walks are commonly understood to be how owners exercise their dogs, but can and do offer so much more benefit. Walks tend to be when dogs spend the most time outdoors which allows them to perform natural behaviours and fully exercise their senses which may be under stimulated

29 January, 2024

Giant Schnauzers as family protection dogs

The Giant Schnauzer is a rare but increasingly popular breed used for family protection work. Originating in Germany, it was developed to be a general-purpose working farm dog able to protect livestock and property, herd animals, and control vermin. Its versatility demanded high levels of intelligence as well as a strong protective instinct. When combined, this resulted in a highly trainable breed which we adore working with. Giant Schnauzers are perhaps most underrated of all the breeds we work with, and certainly one which deserves more popularity. Significantly larger than its smaller cousins, the Giant Schnauzer is a tall and

22 January, 2024

Should I Get a Guard or Protection Dog?

While they may appear similar, a guard and protection dog are in fact very different working animals and proper consideration should always be given as to which is better for a particular owner. At a simplest level, a guard dog is untrained and works off its territorial instincts whereas a protection dog has been formally trained. Guard dogs generally work unsupervised, whereas a protection dog will primarily await its handler’s direction. Where a protection dog focuses on specific people and threats to them, a guard dog is more likely to be oriented towards one site. Given that they are generally

22 January, 2024

Why is the Belgian Malinois so Popular?

The Belgian Malinois is an extremely popular working breed. Commonly employed by military and police units as well as commercial security handlers, it also excels at family protection work, and is one of our favourite dogs to work with. Highly intelligent, it is one of the easiest breeds to train for a working role given their speed of learning. Originally developed to protect and herd livestock, it is a true working breed whose versatility is only matched by German and Dutch Shepherds. It is one of the few breeds capable of both protection and detection work, and equally comfortable in

10 October, 2023

Why do I need to Train My Dog?

Owning a dog is a privilege and often amazing experience. These animals are incredibly loyal and loving companions, but do require proper and considered training. Dogs need to be trained for a number of reasons, which this blog will offer a brief overview of. Perhaps most importantly, training is the best vehicle for allowing dogs to assimilate to their owners’ lives and homes. While dogs did evolve to become easy to live with and alongside, they must still be taught certain behaviours, as well as what is not acceptable to do at certain times. It is relatively easy to train

2 October, 2023

Dog Safety in Summertime

As temperatures rise in summer, it’s vital to remember that dogs experience and react to heat quite differently to humans. As delightful a time as summer is, owners must be mindful that their dogs require special care and attention to promote their health and wellbeing. Dogs are inherently highly vulnerable to heat injury, with 70°F being at the lower range of the danger zone. Symptoms of heat injuries include heavy panting, difficulty breathing, appearing lethargic and uncoordinated, and collapsing or vomiting. While situations which expose your dog to heat injury should be avoided at all costs, if you believe they

13 September, 2023

Keeping Working Dogs as Pets

Having a working dog as a pet can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it naturally comes with unique considerations and responsibilities. These dogs will have been bred for specific tasks such as herding or guarding, and possess unique traits that set them apart from traditional companion breeds. Working line dogs are selectively bred to perform tasks humans require from them which demand particular skills and abilities. These dogs often have high energy levels, are very focused, and possess an unparalleled work ethic. While these characteristics can prove invaluable, they also offer certain challenges to owners more used to have

13 September, 2023

Can I Get a Protection Dog if I Have a Cat?

Cats and dogs are two of the most popular household pets in America. While they are often able to live happily together, this is not always the case, and we are often contacted by potential clients interested in getting a protection dog but are unsure if it can live alongside other pets, especially cats. In our experience, this is can be possible, but requires careful management and consideration. Bringing any dog into a household with cats will require a delicate balancing act. Both animals have unique behaviours and temperaments which may lead to conflict. In dogs’ cases, this is most

24 July, 2023

Easy at-Home Dog Enrichment Ideas

Dogs are some of the most intelligent of all animals, and require considered enrichment which allows them to express natural behaviours to ensure their wellbeing. One short walk first thing in the morning then spending most of their day alone without mental or physical stimulation is no way to keep a dog, and the importance of good enrichment cannot be overstated. Owners have a number of easy ways to provide their dogs with at-home enrichment, and we hope this blog shows you how achievable this is. Enrichment is easiest to deliver when it is passive, and one of the most

13 July, 2023

Introducing A New Protection Dog To Your Home

Bringing a new protection dog into your home is as exciting as it is a rewarding experience. These dogs can provide you and your family with almost unparalleled peace of mind in the face of security threats as well as become a beloved companion. However, it will require careful planning and a good amount of consideration to ensure a smooth transition. In this blog, we will provide you with our tips and insights to help facilitate this. Firstly, you must prepare your home by creating a safe and comfortable environment. Potential hazards and escape points should be secured, and it



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