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What is a family protection dog?
Can I visit your facility?
Where are you located?
How do I choose the right dog for me?
What do you look for in a good protection dog?
Do you have "stock" of available dogs?

How long does it take to train a dog?
Do you train owners and handlers as well?
Can I supply my own dog for you to train?

How many different breeds do you sell?
Why do you use imported dogs?
How do I choose the right place to buy?
Will a protection dog be aggressive or bite without command?
Will a protection dog be good with my kids and other pets?
How long will it take to bond with my new dog?

What is a family protection dog?
A Partners Working Dogs personal protection dog is a family protection dog. A dog that has been bred and selected for personal protection due to their high level of confidence, strong nerve and highly social, stable temperament.
Our personal protection dogs aid individuals and families in security and peace of mind. These dogs are highly trained in obedience and personal protection, while a strong emphasis is placed on a friendly, polite and social behavior, creating an excellent family member.
Our dogs are trained based on repetitive scenario training to protect when commanded or to act if a serious, life threatening action is posed.
We DO NOT train security dogs or attack dogs.
Our dogs aid in personal safety, loss prevention should be left to home security systems and enforcement left to law enforcement.

Can I visit your facility?
Yes. Please come by for a visit! Partners Working Dogs welcomes guests, a call to our office will set up a free tour and demo of specific training wants and needs. Come meet us, our wonderful dogs and view our training methods and even speak with some of our satisfied clients.

Where are you located?
Partners Working Dogs is located in the beautiful North Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Centrally located off of Cave Creek Road on Forest Pleasant Place, just one road north of Lone Mountain Road.
Exact location: 4640 East Forest Pleasant Place, Cave Creek, Arizona 85331

How do I choose the right dog for me?
Partners Working Dogs prides ourselves on dog selection for our clients.
The first step to selection and purchase of a personal protection dog is a free consultation, where clients meet with our Training Director and division Supervisor to discuss each clients wants, needs, concerns and preferences.
We believe in a 50/50 partnership between trainer and handler. We will do our part in training and preparing your dog to suit you and your environment, but we also depend on our clients to follow through with training and conditioning.
Following the consultation, one of our highly experienced Supervisors will research and select ideal candidates, meet and evaluate the most suitable candidate and following client approval, the dog is purchased, vet checked and upon clearance, begins training.

What do you look for in a good protection dog?
Personal protection dogs, regardless of breed, should be strong, confident and stable dogs. They should be friendly and social and feel comfortable in any situation, from watching the children play in the backyard to the high stress environment of large crowds and other public situations.

Do you have "stock" of available dogs?
While we do occasionally have stock of available dogs, due to the fast changing world of trained dogs, and the variety of dogs we train, most of the dogs that are in training are already sold.
We will occasionally have dogs "in stock".

How long does it take to train a dog?
Trained dogs take between 3 months and a year to train, depending on the candidate as well as the requirements of the client.
It also depends on the age of the candidate at the start of training. A puppy of 6 months will take longer to train, than a young adult of 18 months.
As far as actually training goes, basic protection takes about three months, while advanced training takes up to six months.
If you have an URGENT need for a dog, there are alternatives. Call for details.

Do you train owners and handlers as well?
We believe supplying a trained dog to a new owner or handler WITHOUT TRANING is not only wrong, it is unethical. We REQUIRE handlers spend time with us learning to handle, work with and maintain their new dog. Depending on your skills, this may need eight hours or more.
Allowing us to work with you and your new Partner will greatly enhance the success rate as well as the enjoyment you will feel.
In addition, liability concerns for you and for us require us to observe and document your new dog in its new environment.
(Exceptions apply to law enforcement and military deployments)


Can I supply my own dog for you to train?
Yes you can!
We welcome clients supplying a suitable candidate for training.
However, these candidates must pass the same screening evaluation required of our dogs. Depending on your final needs, these may be minor, but for us to work with any dog, we require they be stable, willing to please and confident. For safety and liability reasons, fearful, aggressive or insecure dogs will NOT be allowed into the program. Dogs that act inappropriately, charge other dogs or people, or are out of control, are not suitable candidates.
Please contact us for more information, or to set up an evaluation.

How many different breeds do you sell?
Partners Working Dogs most commonly buys, trains and sells; German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Labrador Retrievers. For scent detection we train and deploy all three breeds, for patrol we use the German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois and for personal protection we most commonly train and place German Shepherds. The German Shepherd is ideally suited for personal protection as the are strong, confident and high drive, while at the same time, if properly trained and patterned, they are wonderful home companions.
Partners Working Dogs will also train owner provided dogs for personal and sport protection, providing they meet the needed criteria. These breeds also included, Rottweilers, Dobermans, American Bulldogs, Pit Bull Terriers, Bouvier des Flanders and many of the Mastiff breeds.

Why do you use imported dogs?
This is a very common question... with a very simple answer.
Imported dogs tend to be more "true" to the original traits and characteristics of each given breed of dog. The imported dogs that we select have been carefully bred for workability and adaptability from notable, proven working lines. 
Many domestic lines have been bred for looks and social skills or show and sport.  The traits necessary in top working dogs can be diluted and lessened without selective breeding. 
All dogs receive complete health screenings prior to being imported and after arrival here.

How do I choose the right place to buy?
Partners Working Dogs works very closely with trusted, proven importers of German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Labrador Retrievers. We will aid you in the process in selecting and purchasing your own dog from other suitable breeders as well.

Will a protection dog be aggressive or bite without command?
Partners Working Dogs believes that a properly trained and maintained personal protection dog only bites under two circumstances.
Circumstance #1 is being sent or commanded to bite and
Circumstance #2 is if a lethal threat has been posed to handler.
If not properly trained, patterned, socialized and maintained, some dogs may bite in inappropriate manners and this is unacceptable.
We here at Partners Working Dogs through solid training, strong socialization and client/dog maintenance, ensure that, if our clients do there part, our dogs will remain true to their training and specific tasks

Will a protection dog be good with my kids and other pets?
Partners Working Dogs will match and create the ideal personal protection dog for you and your environment. We place strong emphasis on socialization with all people including small children and infants, other dogs, both large and small breeds, cats, pocket pets, avian, reptiles and other various species.
If our clients environment changes throughout the life of their personal protection dog, we also aid in the training and patterning of those changes.

How long will it take to bond with my new dog?
Partners Working Dogs has a large, experienced staff of trainers which handle and train each dog, this aids in transfer to their new owner as each dog doesn't have to opportunity to bond with any one given trainer. Once placed in your home, it may take approximately one week to no more than one month to bond with you new dog. Many training techniques can aid in this process as well and our experienced and the Supervising Instructor of your dog will instruct you based on your specific dog.

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