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Why Train?

Why Train?

Dogs, by nature, are pack animals with a well defined social order. When you train your dog, you assume the alpha role (pack leader) as his master. It is not cruel to train a dog, It is actually unkind to deprive him of the discipline he would receive from his pack leader. Your dog needs to know the rules of the house in order to become part of your family circle and bond with his master.

  • To deepen the bond between you and your dogs, and to increase the enjoyment, companionship and satisfaction of the relationship with your dog
  • To provide for the safety and happiness of your dog
  • To develop a good canine citizen for the benefit of your family, neighborhood and community

Learning the basic commands sit, down, walk on a leash, and come when called are essential for the dog to become an enjoyable, well-mannered companion. Every dog is different. Some are hyperactive, others are laid-back, a few are shy and submissive and need more self-confidence, while others may be dominant. Some have common behavioral problems such as jumping on people, digging, barking, chewing, etc. The time taken to train your dog is small considering the results.

Your reward – a special companion for life!

Alpha House K9s is devoted to helping you achieve a wonderful relationship with your dog. Dogs are capable of doing much more than people give them credit for. Please let us help you realize your dog’s full potential.

How to be an Alpha to your dog!

Dogs are highly social animals. In order to survive as a pack there needs to be some structure. When your dog comes into the household you need to develop a relationship were the dog understands that you are at the top of the pack. The leader of the pack is often referred to as the Alpha. The Alpha dog is not a dog who controls the pack by intimidation and aggression. A true pack leader is fair, trusted, and consistent.

Becoming the Alpha is not done by force and intimidation. Instead we want to control the activities that are important to your dog. Dogs are dogs and do not think like humans, you will need to understand canine behavior. Not being the Alpha can lead to problems.

There are four steps to becoming Alpha–the four steps are:

1. Control the game–control your dog.

When you play with your dog always make sure that you are in charge. If you play tug, always make sure that you win the tug game. Don’t let your dog pull the toy away from you. If your dog likes to steal socks, keep a leash on your dog in the house. This way when your dog steals the socks and takes off, all you need to do is step on the leash and stop the game.

2. Sit and down stays are great to do at feeding times

Feed your dog once or twice a day. Have your dog do a short sit-stay for meals. This way you communicate that you are in charge of the food and feeding times.

3. Make sure your dog understands that you are in charge of sleeping areas

If you allow your dog on the furniture it should only be done if invited. If you dogs gets on the furniture without an invitation have them get off. I would suggest never letting your dog sleep in your bed, your dog has to understand that you are in control of the sleeping areas.

4. Control the social contact between you and your dog

A lot of dogs will nudge their owners with their head or paw, or bark to get attention. If your dog does this push your dog away and ignore, when your dog is behaving appropriately invite your dog over for some attention. You can have your dog perform a quick command like “Sit” or “Down.” This way you are in control of the social contact.

Contraband Detection Dogs

What is a contraband detector dog?

Canine contraband detection is the utilization of scent-trained canines to detect the presence of prohibited items such as firearms and illegal drugs. We exclusively train non aggressive k9s with good temperaments that are gentle and people friendly. Our K9s are trained to be passive indicators, meaning when the presents of a contraband odor is detected these dogs are trained to sit and stare at the source of the odor. By being a passive indicator this will greatly reduce any chance of damage to property. These dogs are trained to sniff lockers, classrooms, parking lots and any other locations within a school, business or home.

Why is canine contraband detection becoming more common?

The increasing number of incidents involving drugs and public violence has necessitated a growing need for increased safety and security. The harsh reality is that illegal narcotics, abused medications, and also weapons are pervasive in schools, and account for most work-related injuries.

Who can benefit from Contraband Detection Services?

Contraband Detection Service for Schools:

The use of our highly trained dogs to determine the presence of Narcotics / Contraband is the most efficient, economical, and reliable means available. A means which has been determined by the U.S. Supreme Court not to be a violation of 4th Amendment rights involving illegal search and seizure. Under these programs, our clientele are afforded the opportunity to deal with these issues in a timely, discreet manner, while achieving a position of implementing and maintaining a safe, DRUG FREE environment.

The K9 team’s presence will definitely send a positive and dramatic message to your students. As you are well aware, communication within a student body on any given campus is the envy of all telecommunication companies throughout the country. Once that K9s are known to be on campus the entire school and most surrounding campuses will be aware of the searches taking place by the detection team(s). This in itself will act as a significant deterrent for possession of contraband throughout the district.

AHK9s recommends short unannounced, surprise inspections in four hour intervals. You and your campus staff would coordinate with AHK9s and determine which days(s) and hours the inspections would have the most significant impact. AHK9swould be deployed to your district on an as needed basis. Our K9 teams are trained and certified to detect the following odors: Smokeless powder &black powder, both are commonly used in constructing pipe bombs and /or other improvised explosive devices as well as firearms, ammunition and fireworks. Narcotic odors detected include: Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, and Methamphetamine, their derivatives and associated paraphernalia.

Commercial Services

In today’s society, the possession of Illegal Narcotics in the workplace has become one of the greatest issues which management teams must address. Employees carry various amounts of these substances into the workplace for personal use while on the job, as well as offering them for sale to their co-workers.

From the management perspective, productivity begins to falter. Tardiness increases, leading to absenteeism at an increasing rate, followed by a marked increase in work-related violence.

AHK9s provides the Employer, Administrator, or Designee with a competent, professional, and confidential means of addressing these issues, while maintaining a positive public impression of your facility.


Drugs in your Home?

Many parents simply question their children concerning the use of narcotics.

We offer a confidential, efficient, reliable means available to you for determining the presence of illegal drugs within your home. We work for you, allowing you to remain “In Charge” of decisions and options available to deal with these issues.

If you are concerned about the possible presence of these substances within your home, the use of our services provides you the opportunity to determine the presence of these products in a safe, discreet, and confidential manner.

What can AHK9s’ Contraband Detection Service do for you?

Our contraband detection programs minimize the impact on workplace productivity and at the same time send an effective message throughout the organization. We can tailor a cost-effective program to meet your specific needs. After an initial site survey, we will work with you to:

  • Develop an action plan that is right for your business
  • Determine the most efficient method of inspection
  • Providing canine contraband detection services to local schools and businesses and homes.
  • Helping to keep students and employees safe.
  • Meeting with administrators, parents, teachers and kids—as well as business managers and law enforcement officials.
  • Providing a vital service to your community.
  • Send a message to students, parents and the community that a school has initiated a proactive position regarding the presence of prohibited items.
  • Eliminate the need to “lock down” a campus there by minimizing the interruption of the educational process.
  • As a private agency, we provide service to your locations without the challenges faced when law enforcement officers are present. As a private agency, we provide service to your locations without the same challenges faced by law enforcement agencies.

Levels of Training

Level 1 Training

Actual Training for Level 1 Protection Dog’s may vary, but normally is as follows:

Level 1 Obedience:

Manners (the Level 1 Family Protection Dog is tame, and is normally very polite when around people and other animals);
Sit-Stay (on-leash; the dog will sit on command and stay in the sit until given a release command), Down-Stay (on-leash; the dog will lay down on command and stay until given a release command);
Come (on-leash: the dog will come when called to the person that calls him/her)

Level 1 Protection:

Visual Deterrence (it is common-knowledge that certain breeds of dogs have been used for guarding purposes for thousands of years, and the stigma that accompanies them is undeniable. K9 Working Dogs Level 1 Protection Dogs ‘look’ like a fully trained Protection Dog, but do not have the official training of the K9 Working Dogs Personal protection Dogs);
Started in Protection Training (not fully trained to bite attacker, but able to recognize a threat);
Stranger Alert (the Level 1 Protection Dog will bark aggressively at someone or something that he/she finds to be abnormal);
Nighttime Verbal Warning (at night the dog will bark at strangers or suspicious individuals).

Level 2 Personal Protection Dog

Alpha House K9s will match the right Level 2 Personal Protection Dog to your personality, situation and lifestyle.

If you and your family are in a “high-risk” security category you may want a dog that is more serious, but if you do not have a constant serious threat or security issue the Level II Personal Protection Dog is the right choice for you!

If you have a low security problem you may want a dog that will alert when a threat is present, but is more relaxed in general. There are several different types of Level 2 Personal Protection Dogs and we are very thorough in our selection process. Your Level 2 Personal Protection Dog must be 100% compatible with your situation. It is very importance that you put your trust in Alpha HouseK9s to do what we do best, by analyzing your needs and wants and then set you up with the Level 2 Protection Dog that best fits your needs!

Initial Handler Training Classes

Handler training for your new Level 2 Personal Protection Dog is necessary for both experienced and inexperienced Handlers. Even seasoned Handlers will need some coaching when they receive their new Level 2 Personal Protection Dog.

In the Handler Course you will learn proper control techniques for your Level 2 Personal Protection Dog in a variety of real-life scenarios. You will also learn how to maximize your safety in any type of confrontational situation with someone who wishes to do harm to you or your family, I.E. Intruder, Car Jack,  Assailant, Stalker, Mugger, etc. You will learn the basics of every day routine, proper care and adjustment.

Continuation Training

Alpha HouseK9’s highly recommend continuation training. In some cases, depending on the nature of the situation for which the Level 2 Personal Protection Dog exists, the Dog as well as the Owner/Handler may require a once monthly Training Class. You will be depending upon your new Level 2 Personal Protection Dog for your life, it should go without question that a regularly scheduled Continuation Training program will be in order.

What would a Level II Personal Protection Dog do?

A Level 2 Personal Protection Dog is both a Visual, Verbal and Physical threat to an Intruder, Stalker or Attacker. It is a very well known fact that criminals have a healthy fear of large dogs, and an Intruder, Attacker or Stalker will always be able to sense a Level II Personal Protection Dog, and, in most cases will move on to the next victim without incident.

However, if the Intruder, Attacker or Stalker is not deterred by the Visual and/or Verbal warnings from the Level II Personal Protection Dog will become aggressive and will do whatever it takes to Protect his Owner/Handler & Family!

Level 2 Protection Dog

Overview & Description

A “Alpha House K9s Level 2 Personal Protection Dog” is a dog that protects its Family/Owner from harm due to an attack at whatever cost. Level 2 Personal Protection Dogs are trained to apprehend an Attacker either on command, or by threat to its Owner; the K9 Working Dogs Level 2 Personal Protection Dog will Deter Attacker by vocal and/or physical intimidation, threat, or by apprehension by biting and holding the Attacker. The Level 2 Personal Protection Dog has complete Obedience, Sociability and Verbal Control from it’s Handler when in public. Alpha House K9s Level 2 Personal Protection Dog is also a good Family Protection Dog yet has less restrictions as far as ability and training.

Level 2 Training

Actual Training for Level 2 Protection Dog’s may vary, but normally is as follows:

Level 2 Obedience:

Heel – heeling at multiple speeds – running, jogging & walking on and off lead.
Sit-Stay – the dog will sit on command and stay in the sit until given a release command.
Down-stay – the dog will lay down on command and stay until given a release command.
Come – the dog will come when called to the person that calls him/her.
Load-Unload – the dog will enter or exit your vehicle on command.
Place – the dog will be sent to an object that it can get onto and stay.

Commands from Multiple Family Members

Level 2 Personal Protection:

Active Aggressive Alert – the dog will bark aggressively on command towards a threat.
Defend/Bite on Command – when a threat is presented the trained protection dog will bite on command or if the threat excels to the point of immediate threat the dog may not wait for a command.
Release on Command – All Alpha House K9s have extensive training in the area of control and obedience before any protection training is started – when Protection Dog is trained to Bite he is also simultaneously trained to Release on command.
Recall – These dogs are trained to be called of an individual before the dog can make an apprehension if needed.