A trained German Shepherd (not a CQB-K-9) works with its…

A trained German Shepherd (not a CQB-K-9) works with its owner during scenarios that simulate possible attacks they might face together.

The personal protection dog offers a loyal companion who can react more quickly than even a well-trained martial artist, has enhanced senses to quickly identify a threat, and the training to deter or, if necessary, destroy an attacker. Even if the dog’s owner has a concealed-carry license or keeps a gun in the home, the dog will still be able to react to a threat before the gun may be reached. There are also a substantial number of people who chose not to own a gun for protection either due to the repressive laws where they live or through personal choice. For them, the protection dog is an excellent alternative. A firearm is a cold piece of steel, while a protection dog is a loving member of a family who only goes into action if his or her people are threatened.

Let me make a point here about well-trained protection dogs. There is a misconception that trained protection dogs are always dangerous. Yes, they can become aggressive upon command; they are alert to and dangerous to any threat. However, they are safe around children and others who present no threat. This is not always the case when an individual or a family acquires a dog from a breed known for protection—Doberman, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, etc.—but without proper knowledge of how to train them. A large, strong untrained dog will have the urge to protect his or her family and its territory, but will not have the training to discriminate between a meter reader and an armed intruder nor be trained to immediately desist from hostile action at a command.


One of the more experienced and respected companies training personal protection dogs is CQB K-9 of Colorado. The owner, Alex Dunbar, has been training military and police working dogs and personal protection dogs for 31 years. He has a background in the USMC as a Recon Marine and as a Recon Scout/Patrol Dog Handler. Alex uses German Shepherds from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Those dogs are from bloodlines bred for the Czech military and police and are widely known for stability in temperament and a strong working drive. Slovakian/Czech Shepherds also tend to be healthy and larger-boned. By the way, the dogs “speak” Slovak and that is the language in which they learn commands. Among other advantages, this will allow a dog to ignore anyone trying to confuse it with false commands.

A CQB K-9 protection dog in position to deter an attack from a possible threat.

Alex’s partner in Slovakia is a veterinarian who helps select the dogs for importation into the USA. At four weeks, the dogs are tested for temperament multiple times. This allows Alex and his partner to determine the dog’s aptitudes and select what type of work to train it in. All working dogs must be able to bond with their handlers, but this is especially important for a personal protection dog.

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