We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions by our potential clients. We hope this will help you decide between the common protection dog and a certified-trained personal/Executive protection Harrison K-9 .
What makes Harrison K-9 different than the other companies I see on the internet selling dogs?
Harrison K-9 Security Services, LLC has been in the business of selling the European German Shepherd for over 38 years. This is 38 years of training, breeding, importing and working everyday. Not as a Military or Police facility, but as a company placing personal protection dogs in homes just like yours. We firmly believe there is a vast difference between a Military and Police dog and a family protector, both in personality and in temperament. Many Military and Police trainers train personal protection dogs on the side. They can sell a few substandard dogs to you, the novice unknowing buyer, make some extra money and have little or no work or money in the dog. They surely will not guarantee the dog and if you try to get your money back then, remember their the Police not you, who do you think will win that one, unfortunately we have seen it to many times to count. We have extensive knowledge in the training of Military and Police dogs and have taken certain aspects out of that training and incorporated them into our training program here at Harrison K-9 . (**See Special Note at the end for details**) We can, but we choose not to sell Military or Police dogs. We focus in only on the dog trained for you and your family.
How many different breeds of dogs do you sell?
We are a facility dedicated to the European German Shepherd, no other breed imported or trained, Harrison K-9 specializes in one breed, the best breed, for working, security, family companionship and loyalty. The German Shepherd has a reputation of being the best of the best. The German Shepherd is also more expensive to import and train, that’s why many facilities use the Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherd, Rottweiler and other similar breeds, because they cannot afford to import quality , pink-papered, Schutzhund titled German Shepherds and figure you as a regular non-dog trainer will not know you are getting considerably less than the best for your family. They may have one or two German Shepherds around but chances are they aren't going to give you a choice of 30-40 high quality ALL TITLED European German Shepherds. We have a 25 acre facility completely dedicated to the training, raising and caring for the European German Shepherd.
How does Harrison K-9 train so different from other companies, what’s one of the secrets?
We have many different methods that have been put to the test in training and handling the German Shepherd. Our training staff is almost entirely female. A female training staff is utilized to make sure all of our dogs can be handled by you and your family. No large bulky Police/Military trained testosterone full men, barking out commands and slinging dogs around out here. Our staff handles with positive training and attention to each individual dogs personality. You can be assured your family can handle our dogs whether they are children or a family member that would otherwise be intimidated by a large dog. Most training facilities use men for training, because men can intimidate dogs and force them to do the training, whereas female trainers must use their handling skills and take the time to bond with the dog to train and control an animal that weighs almost as much as they do. Wouldn't you want a dog that has learned to behave around people, learned loyalty and devotion, and has learned how to be handled by the “little” people in your life versus a dog that has to be forced into training and only a “man” can make work right. Leave the Police/ Military training to the Police and Military, all you want in your home is a dog that knows how to behave with “regular, normal people”. It’s not that we don’t use male trainers, as we expose our dogs to all sorts of handlers; we make sure every dog that leaves here is able to be handled by women, children and men alike.
Why don’t I just cut out the middle-man and import my own dog from Europe or have someone import it directly for me?
All of our Harrison K-9 s are located here in USA; they are not some strange dog imported “for you” but unknown to the handler and sold to you in days of him arriving. We spend a minimum of three months evaluating, testing and training every dog we import from Europe. Why buy a dog you cannot see or even consider paying for a dog that is not in the country. If no one knows the dog that you are getting before it gets here, would you really want this dog around your family and friends? Wouldn't you feel safer with a dog that lives in a American home with our trained staff and has been around our staff’s family and friends, a dog that is use to hearing English spoken and use to an American Household? Are you really going to trust dealing with a company or individual in another country, one who probably does not care if you are satisfied with the dog or not because he knows you have no recourse if you have a problem. Everyone knows Americans treat their dogs different than other cultures; dogs are a member of our family and can be our best friend. Who is to say this is not a dog that has never seen the inside of a house, maybe it has grown up in a kennel and only gets out when it is time to work. A German Shepherd that is use to American noises, smells, homes and situations is much more comfortable than a German Shepherd thrown into a whole new world with nothing to compare it to, know the history of the dog you are getting and make sure he has been conditioned to American ways.
What about all these dog training/selling companies I see on the internet, What are they all about and why are their prices so much cheaper?
Anyone can be anything they want on the internet, with the advancements in technology today a home-based dog trainer can look like a top-notch company. Most of these “companies” don’t even list an address because they don’t want you to visit, they always want to bring the dog to you or meet you at a local park. They can call their facility top rated but the majority put their dogs off the ground in “in-door rabbit runs” to avoid having a full working staff to exercise, groom, train, clean-up after and love their dogs. The dogs rarely get out of the rabbit-run, except to do a little work, until they are sold. They buy cheap untitled dogs that Europeans are trying to dump and then try to turn them into high-dollar personal protection dogs. Of course they can make a profit; they have little or nothing invested in their product and nothing to lose.
Harrison K-9 Security Services, LLC is a multi-million dollar facility located on twenty-five acres in Aiken, South Carolina. We use over-sized kennels and all of our dogs get to go out and train and play everyday. We have half-acre turn out pens they run in daily and a full staff of professionals that take a dog home with them every night and socialize them around their own family and friends. Our dogs are imported from one of the top kennels in Germany and all dogs are raised in the home with families, not in kennels. We would never sell you a dog that we would not have in our own home. Ask about what the company you are dealing with has put back into their facility and how long they have been placing dogs in homes like yours. Not how long they have been training. With the advancements of technology, anyone can say they have trained for forty years and count watching their dad at the local pet store as part of their time. Ask these people about actual placing of protection trained dogs into homes just like yours. Not Military or Police experience but real down to the bones working daily with an American family like yours. I bet you would be surprised at the real answer. There is a big difference between a Police/Military dog handler that handles one or two dogs in his entire career and a personal protection dog handler that handles 75 to 100 dogs a year for 38 years, dogs just like the one you really want around your family and in your home. Ask for references of family homes, with children and other animals in the home, not Police or Military references. Police and Military people stick together and will tell you what you want to hear, but the average American family member is going to tell you about their daily dealings with a dog just like the one you are considering.
**Special Note: Harrison Prather, Founder & CEO of Harrison K-9 Security Services has extensive experience and knowledge in the field of Military and Police Working K-9 s. Once he completed Military Service he worked for a Civilian Contractor at his own expense, learning how to train Military Patrol Dogs. In 1975 he started his own business, Harrison K-9, training dogs for both Law Enforcement and the U.S. Government. Many of the K-9 s trained were sent overseas to be used in Counter-Terrorism operations and other covert missions. He has trained U.S. Special Forces and other Special Operation Groups in Escape and Evasion techniques on how to confuse a tracking dog and how to neutralize the dog should it find them and attack. Harrison has used his background knowledge to put together a “Real Deal” comprehensive training program that has been taught to all professional trainers here at Harrison K-9 Security Services. These techniques and methods are incorporated into our daily training for all Harrison K-9 s and how to handle the dog is taught to you in a way that is comprehensive and easy to understand. This creates a dog that is 99.9% of the time family companion but still has the “Right Stuff” when it comes to taking care of business should the situation arise.
Harrison K-9 Security Services, LLC has been in business for over 38 years. We have a full staff that works everyday to care for and train the European German Shepherd. We import only titled and proven German Shepherds from Europe and work with these dogs daily to evaluate, train and care for them. Our staff and training methods are unique and we are constantly trying to learn more and improve or business daily. We welcome your questions and encourage you to visit us here at our facility. We know German Shepherds and would love to talk to you about them. Give us a call and allow us to show you the difference.
Statistics from the
U.S. Department of Justice
Don't let you or someone you love become a statistic.
- Every 40 seconds another child is reported missing.
- Each day 2,000 children are reported missing.
- The rate of missing children has increased 444% since 1982.
- 16% are taken in their own home or yard; 40% are abducted from their street or car; 14% from a nearby park or wooded area.
- More than 1/5 of the children in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children listed in non-family abductions are found dead.
- The number of missing persons reported to law enforcement increased from 154,341 in 1982 to 876,213 in 2000. that is an increase of 468%.
- A woman is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes in America.
- 70% of sexual assaults occur in the victim's home.
- 67% of assault victims were juveniles under the age of 18 years old.
- The risk of being the victim of forcible rape increased dramatically from age 10 to 14 where it peaked.
- Over 2/3, 67% of sexual assault victims reported to law enforcement agencies were under the age of 18. More than half of all juvenile victims were under age 12. Most disturbing is that one in seven victims or 14% were under age 6.
- 75% of female rape victims required medical care after the attack.
- On average, only 32% of rapes and sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement officials — less than 1 in 3. This is equivalent to one rape and sexual assault every 40 seconds.
Research obtained from
the fraternal order of police
- In multiple studies and interviews conducted among convicted sexual assault, robbery and burglary felons they were asked what security measures taken by homeowners were most effective at deterring their criminal intentions. Consistently at the top of the list were security dogs. When asked why, criminals listed these reasons:
- Canine hearing abilities pick-up suspicious sounds earlier then alarm systems.
- Canine barking alerts homeowners and neighbors too quickly.
- Criminals fear being attacked by a dog.
- Criminals know confronting a dog is much more hazardous than dealing with an alarm system.