Why choose us?

Kristi and Otto are the head of a World Class World Champion level team of trainers and professionals. The experience and training they and their team have is bar none at the top of the food chain in this industry.

Our protection dogs are family safe and great with kids. We train International Defense K9s dogs in our own home. They are rigorously adapted to the home environment and family situations as we have an entire staff of advanced trained puppy raisers and trainers. Among our clientele are CEO’s, Professional Athletes, Royal Family Members, and Prominent Actors. We maintain the highest level of privacy while working hand-in-hand with your family and guide you through the entire selection, raising, and training process. Our selection of dogs are from the top 1% of elite dogs in the world. We have cultivated relationships through our success with our own dogs that allows us to supply our clients with the finest options and support in the world.

Family friendly protection dogs

International Defense K9s family friendly protection dogs receive the world’s best training in our home with our own family. Our top tier delivery process and family training includes a 5- 7 day in-person training that welcomes your new protection dog to your family and empowers your family to love their new best friend, then how to utilize them if needed. In addition to that we provide on going tech support and refresher training is always available if you should need it. We are so confident in our dogs that we even provide you with our own personal cell phone numbers if you ever need help or have any question regarding your new K9 body guard, no matter how small the question is!

Level 3 International Super Selective Decoy

Experience Training Elite Security Dogs

We have over 20 years experience with police and military canine training as well as tactical deployment of K9s including training the trainers in those arenas. However, our true passion is in applying that experience toward providing personal canine bodyguards for individuals and families in need, this is what brings us the most fulfillment. If you are looking for peace of mind, or a better night’s sleep, we can help. You will never feel as secure as you would feel with one of our K9s sleeping at the foot of your bed. In addition to dog training, we use our wide range of knowledge to help give you the best personal protection dog ever. One of us is a military vet with specialty in security and 4 college degrees in criminal justice and investigation, while the other has been on the ground training police K9 and sport dogs for tactical deployment for over 20 years. Together we make the perfect team and cover all the bases while checking all the boxes when developing a custom program for your security. 

Extensive Knowledge of Various Dog Breeds

Not every client wants a German Shepherd, and in many cases a different breed provides a more perfect fit. We have experience with exotic breeds in protection that is unmatched with the rest. These breeds include American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire  Terrier, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentina, Presa Canario, South African Borbel or Caucasian Mountain Dog, Belgian Malinois, Giant Schnauzer, Doberman, German Shepherd and Rottweiler. This allows us to provide an ideal canine bodyguard from any of these breeds at the client’s request. We see no reason to limit ourselves or you to a single breed; never will we pigeonhole our clients into a breed they don’t want. 


Canine Training Methods​

We employ the most modern up to date training methods possible in our businesses at You and Your Dog Behavioral Health and at You and Your Dog LLC. We frequently help people resolve the worst possible cases of unwanted anxiety or aggression from rescue dogs that they have acquired from other places. In addition to that we also frequently are training and placing service dogs to clients with a variety of disabilities. We also train hunting dogs and coach people with their pets towards success in competitions ranging from freestyle disc, agility, herding and protection sports. Both Kristi and Otto have been featured on the hit Tv show America’s Top Dog competing with their own K9s, Otto graced the USA World championship MondioRing team in 2017 when him and his dog Chino made history becoming the first of their breed to ever achieve this accomplishment. The experience and dog training methods that Otto and Kristi bring are unmatched by any other dog trainers making them in a class of their own. 

2017 USMRA World Championship Team Bilbao Spain 🇪🇸

First-hand Knowledge of the Canine Sport World​

We understand sport titles from every possible angle. Otto and Kristi have achieved truly high accomplishments with their own dogs as handlers, as well as being a training decoy for many dogs going on to achieve world team level status. Otto went to the Decoy Super Selective in 2017 where the best decoys for protection dogs from all over the world come together to compete against each other. He achieved an honor not granted to many: level 3 super selective decoy status. This feat has been accomplished less than 10 times in the USA in the history of the sport. A relatively small percentage of sport dogs truly possess the proper attributes to excel as a family protector. You often hear the chatter about a real dog vs a sport dog… we understand exactly how to recognize and select those few perfect candidates, and we are experts in transitioning them correctly into their new roles as family protectors through high-level advanced training. Many large companies purchase titled sport dogs from Europe then attempt to sell that dog directly to you without the necessary additional training. This is unacceptable.

International Defense K9s have titled dogs to the highest levels in all of the most prevalent dog sports. We possess an understanding of dog sports and the dogs that come from them that only our experience training dogs to compete at world championship and America’s Top Dog levels can provide. With our broad-based background that integrates extensive experience in police, military, and sport dog training, we are able to properly select canines for purchase, training, and placement into a home. Among the companies that offer Executive Protection Canines for sale, International Defense K9 has an unparalleled level of experience and expertise bar none!

Home and Family Training​

When you purchase an IDK9, you become part of our family, just like each of the canine bodyguards we sell is part of our family. During training, each dog lives in the home of one of our trainers and their family. These canines eat with our children nearby, ride in our cars with us, and watch TV with us at night. Many companies have huge kennel buildings with hundreds of kennel runs, and only let the dog out for training. After the training session the canine is returned to its 5×10 kennel run until the next training day.

Our method is unique. We believe that a canine bodyguard must be trained in the same environment in which it will live and serve its family. Since the canine bodyguard will live in your home with you and your children, will travel in your car, and will lie at your son or daughter’s feet at night when they sleep, that is the type of environment we train each canine in.​ Without this in-home, family environment training, the preparation of a canine bodyguard simply isn’t adequate.

Actual Working Canines​

Each canine is tested, trained, and proven to excel in the work prior to delivery to the client. Sometimes clients with a particular need express interest in police or military canines. Proper police or military canines are a different style of animal from our normal canine bodyguards. While it is something that we can and do provide when it is called for, the process of selection and training is different because the canine and the needs it is expected to fulfill are different. Rest assured, we are experts in the area of police and military canines, and we will not sell you a canine of that type for you to take into your home unless it is exactly what you have requested and we are 100% comfortable with that canine around our own families first.

Service After Delivery

We are a small company, and we serve an exclusive clientele. This focus on quality over quantity allows us to provide the very best possible customer service to you after your canine has been delivered and integrated into your family. At some of the larger companies, customers get lost in the sauce. Our clients are truly our first priority. If you have a question about feeding, vaccinations, grooming, behavior changes, or just a basic training question, when you call us, we answer the phone! You will literally have 24/7 access to Otto via his direct cell number. We provide unlimited tech support and an additional training period can be utilized any time in the next 90 days. We also offer maintenance and refresher packages to keep your K9s skills sharp and ensure they are working like a well-oiled machine.

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