Personal and Family Protection Dogs | Frequently Asked Questions

Whilst this is not an exhaustive list, here are some of the questions we frequently get asked by potential clients. If you are contemplating buying a personal protection dog, we would suggest that you give us a call. One of our experienced team will be happy to guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have regarding our dogs and their suitability for you.

Q: I'm looking for a protection dog for my family, do you have any available?

A: We have around 30 - 40 trained protection dogs available at any one time. We would usually short list 4 - 5 dogs that we feel are best suited to your requirements. We do not believe in trying to bang a square peg into a round hole.

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Q: What is the difference between a standard and an executive level trained protection dog?

A: A standard level dog is trained on and off lead in obedience and on lead in protection work; an executive level dog is trained on and off lead in both obedience and protection work, trained for weapon attack (guns, knives, etc.) and also to deal with multiple assailants.

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Q: I have children, are A1K9 family protection dogs safe around kids?

A: Our dogs are chosen for their temperament, as many of them go to live with families with young children. We need to be 100% certain when placing a dog that will be around children; therefore we would only suggest dogs that we know would fit this criteria.

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Q: I already have a dog; will a personal protection dog get on with him/her?

A: When we short list dogs for you to view, we would only select dogs that we know are happy to live with other canines. We usually try to integrate a dog of the opposite sex as this tends to work best.

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Q: How will a personal protection dog know when to protect me?

A: Our dogs are trained to recognise threatening behaviour, to deal with that threat and once the threat is dealt with, to go back to being a lovable affable, family pet. Through the intensive training that our dogs receive over an extended time period they are taught to pick up on not just behaviour and situations that may be associated with a potential threat but are also incredibly tuned in to their handler's body language. They will either show aggression on command or will work without command when a threat is both serious and immediate.

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Q: Will a family protection dog fit in with our busy lifestyle?

A: The dog will literally become part of your family. Many of our clients take the dog to the office, on holidays, a jog in the park and on days out with the kids. Our dogs will quickly adapt to your lifestyle, and are shortlisted with your exact requirements in mind.

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Q: What cost am I looking at to purchase one of your family protection dogs?

A: Typically our standard level dogs range from £6500 to £10000 plus VAT and our executive level dogs (in the main, imports) can cost from £12,000 upwards depending on level of training, origins and bloodline.

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Q: Is there any training that I need to do when I purchase one of your trained protection dogs?

A: Prior to taking a dog home, you would be required to do a 2 day handover; this enables you to bond with the dog. You would also work alongside the trainer, learning the commands the dog has been taught in training to enable you to feel happy and confident with your new canine companion. The handover is normally carried out at our facilities; however, for an additional fee it can take place at your home, whether in the UK or overseas.

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Q: How do I start the process of buying a trained protection dog from you?

A: The first step is to call us and outline your requirements. After that, visiting us is usually the next step. We would then discuss your requirements in full, so we are able to select a suitable dog for you. You would then be shown the dog demonstrating its obedience and protection work, so you can be sure it's right for you.

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Q: If I visit A1K9, can I bring my children and/or other dog(s) with me?

A: Yes, we always advise that you bring the children or other pets along when you visit. This way you can see them interact with the A1K9s and the A1K9s interact with them.

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What A1K9 Customers Say


"She has been an absolute delight to have in our home, extremely intelligent, robust, loving and incredibly protective of the family"

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