Protection Dog Group Classes

Protection work builds on the concepts taught in the Puppy Play-drive Development course and is used to develop the protection skills used both in bite-sports and real world protection.  We teach the dogs to balance their drive for the bite with obedience to the handler through positive reinforcement, withholding reward and thoughtful use of aversives.  We intensify the pressure on the dog only when the dog shows us it is ready.  We find this approach to be important in the learning process and that it produces the best well-rounded dogs.  It is important to understand that not all dogs are cut out for protection work and failing out of a protection course is possible at the instructor's discretion.  Our method is designed to prevent psychological damage to the dog that upon failure from a course could result in a dog that is no longer safe in the home/society.  We have seen this type of damage done in the protection training world and find it unacceptable.  We observe the dog’s behavior and may stop or delay working a dog if the dog’s behavior indicates.  The concepts in this course are more general in the beginning than the concepts in an obedience course however our obedience methods are essential to teaching the dog protection so dog/handler teams must be enrolled in our obedience program to participate in protection courses.  As the dog begins to understand the mechanical concepts of biting a helper/bite sleeve or bite suit depending on the discipline we will introduce the concepts of the bark and hold, escort/transport, blind search, and the courage tests, we will teach the dog to abort an attack (Ring/personal protection), recall and to defend against multiple decoys/helpers (Ring Sports/ Personal protection.)  

*Please note that we require all dogs who participate in our protection training program, to simultaneously participate in obedience training. This requirement may be waived after an evaluation by Jason of your dog's advanced obedience skills. Dogs with less than advanced on and off leash obedience will not be able to have this requirement waived.

**We reserve the right to refuse service. Your dog will be evaluated at each session to ensure it is a qualified fit for protection training.

Puppy Play Drive Development

Play drive is an extremely valuable tool in training our dogs and in advanced protection work.  In this course we will work to develop the dog’s innate abilities and drives for prey and play.  We will teach the dog to unlock more and more intense play as well as how to play with a helper.  Puppy play-drive development may be used for a puppy that has modest play drives to intensify the play/prey drive or as a precursor to protection work for driven dogs.  If your goal is to train for Schutzhund or the ring sports this course is for you and your puppy.  We typically run this class in the same time slot but slightly divided from our protection group sessions. 

Snohomish Classes

Weekly Saturday

Drop in basis year round, with the exception of Major Holidays. 

10:30 AM to 11:30AM


11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Instructor: Jason Brown

Cost: $30 per session. You may purchase up to 10 sessions which will be tracked on a punch card held by us. 

Weekly Wednesdays

Drop in basis year round, with the exception of Major Holidays. 

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location - 3323 165th Ave SE, Snohomish, WA 98290

Instructor: Jason Brown

Cost: $30 per session. You may purchase up to 10 sessions which will be tracked on a punch card held by us. 

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Jason Brown, Head Trainer

Main Location: Snohomish, WA     

Private Sessions offered bi monthly in

Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond & Sammamish

Cancellation, Refund & Rescheduling Policy: 

Group Classes & Courses, Private Training Sessions & Board and Train Services are non refundable. 


Private Training Appointments & Drop In Classes:

Weekday reservations may be rescheduled with at least 48 hours notice prior to your appointment time.  Saturday reservations require 5 business days notice to transfer your payment to a future appointment due to limited availability. Short notice cancellations and no-shows are non-refundable & non-transferable. 


Deposits for board & train packages may be transferred to a future date with a minimum of 14 days notice from the date of check in. Board & Train cancellations with less than 14 days notice are non refundable and non transferable. 

Merchandise may be returned within 30 days of purchase with receipt, tags attached and new, unopened condition for a full refund. All opened and/or used items will be at the discretion of management. No merchandise refunds are given after 30 days from the date of purchase.

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