Security Dog Handler Training Courses

At A1K9, we offer security dog handler training courses for those wishing to pursue a career within the commercial security sector.

Security Dog Handler Courses

A1K9 is an accredited training and examination centre for both the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers & the National Training Inspectorate for Professional Dog Users. Our instructors are able to tutor both dogs and handlers in preparation for examination and are fully conversant with the current legislative requirements governing the use of dogs within the commercial sector.

We are firmly committed to helping to raise the standards of security dogs and handlers within the security sector. We believe that by raising the standards, companies and individuals involved within the sector will be treated as professionals and will be able to charge more realistic rates for the services that they provide.

We Are Committed To Raising The Standard Within The Security Industry, Helping Security Dog Handlers To Achieve Recognised Qualifications With Their Dog.


The BIPDT security dog handlers accreditation is awarded to a dog and handler team after successfully completing the course and subsequent test and remains in force for a period of three years after which time the dog and handler are re tested.

At the time of the test the candidate will be asked questions relating to their dogs health, all of which is covered in the BIPDT security dog handlers handbook.

The level 1 accreditation consists of:

Obedience Work: Heel work including turns to both the left and right, the sit, the down, the stay (in sight of the handler), the recall and the present (the dog to sit up in front of the handler to re attach leash).

Patrol, Location and Criminal Work: The handler is taught to patrol in a proper co-ordinated manner with his or her dog and to recognise indications given by the dog that there may be an intruder on the premises. The dog is taught to bark having located an intruder.

The dog and handler team are taught how to deal with an intruder once they have been located and the dog may have to demonstrate its ability to protect its handler from attack. Once the situation has been brought under control, the dog and handler team will be shown how to safely escort the intruder to a designated area.

A1K9 Security Handler Training

We are experienced in supplying bespoke security dog handler courses for those operating as part of residential security teams or working as close protection officers.

We are experienced in supplying bespoke security dog handler courses for those operating as part of residential security teams or working as close protection officers.

Agility: The dog must be taught to negotiate certain obstacles, for example, a 3ft hurdle and a 4ft 6" solid wall whilst remaining under full and proper control.

Other: The handler must be able to fit a muzzle to his or her dog and must show that they are able to carry the dog, if required, for at least 10 paces. The handler will also be taught basic dog care skills ie. grooming, feeding, and how to recognise common ailments and indications of other potential problems ie. poisoning, twisted gut etc. The handler will be taught how to administer basic first aid to their dog and what to do in case of their dog requiring emergency treatment.

The security dogs handler handbook along with the full details and cost of accreditations is available from BIPDT via the security page on their website, contact details for the training venues and accredited assessors that may be more local to you can also be found there.

There is now also a level 2 accreditation which further tests the capability of dog and handler teams, designed for those who wish to progress their training and knowledge to a higher level.

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