How Much Does a Guard Dog Cost?
A guard dog has undergone training to defend owners against attacks or threats from another animal or person. Also called personal protection dogs, guard dogs may be sold by organizations that have trained them or by law enforcement groups. Because of their pedigree and the type of training that guard dogs undergo, they are considerably more expensive than a regular dog.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the company, the type of puppy, and the level of protection it can offer, the costs of a guard dog can start as little as $8,000 to as much as $30,000 for an elite trained dog.
- At Command Control K9 in Buffalo, New York, an Elite Family Estate Protection Dog costs $85,000 and includes a 4-Day handling course. The Executive Protection Dog costs $45,000 and includes a 3-day handling course. Puppies (8 weeks of age) cost $1,500 plus shipping.
- Golden State K-9 Training provides personal protection dogs with complete home training for new owners. The cost of their Silver Package (Basic Protection Training) starts at $13,500, depending on the dog. This package includes basic and advanced obedience lessons, basic personal protection and 2-day training sessions. Dogs have a full health and temperament guarantee.
- K9U in Oklahoma City provides a range of puppies and guard dogs at various price ranges such as:
- Puppies – $1,500 to $3,500
- Level-I Personal Protection Dog – $8,500 to $12,500
- Level-II Personal Protection Dog – $11,500 to $18,000
- Level-III Family Protection Dog – $17,000 and up.
What is going to be included?
- With some guard dog providers, training courses and in-home training sessions are often included to customize a guard dog in its new environment. The courses may include basic, intermediate and advanced obedience training as well as basic personal protection, con-proofing, pursuit work, on- and off-premise protection training, building search, boundary training and poison proofing, to name a few.
- Other providers have protection training programs that include different levels of aggression training.
- Guard dogs also come with health and temperament guarantees from the provider. With some providers, leashes and collars are included in the total price of a guard dog.
- Most guard dogs will be able to bite and hold on command, they can display teeth, display an aggressive stance, defend on command and protect no matter what.
What are the extra costs?
- Shipping fees are usually paid for by the buyer. If the guard dog is purchased out of town, you will need to purchase airfare for it to get shipped to you.
- Dog and training equipment are also shouldered by the buyer or new owner.
- Just like any dog, a guard dog is going to need the proper care and maintenance. This will include regular vet checkups as well as medical bills for any unforeseen sicknesses or injuries. These dogs will also need food, leashes, collars, tags, licenses, etc.
Tips to know:
- Guard dogs can be of different breeds like German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Pit Bulls, Labradors, Rottweilers, Boxers, and Belgian Malinois dogs.
- Get a guard dog from a licensed and certified guard dog breeder to obtain information about the health and temperament as well as the ancestry of the dog.
- Make sure to ask about returns. Reputable providers of guard dogs usually accept dogs returned to their care within a given period. Some will replace the dog with one of equal or greater value.
- Refresher courses for the guard dog are usually needed and may be provided to the purchased animal by the seller.
- Dog toys may not be recommended around protection or guard dogs. Providers may suggest other ways to keep the dog mentally stimulated.
- With some guard dog providers, trainers are sent to the home of the new owner to help the dog get used to its new environment and family. Training at the provider’s facility is also possible.
- Although the dog is the one performing the services, the owner needs to be trained as well. If you are not knowledgeable about your dog’s abilities and limitations as well as the commands to use to initiate certain actions, your guard dog may not perform as well as you would like.
- People often mistake mean dogs for guard dogs. A guard dog is not simply a dog that will protect your property because it will attack anyone that comes near it. A guard dog has the ability to attack, but will not do so unless there is no other option. It is trained to try other things first and to scare before attacking.
How can I save money?
- Buy multiple dogs from a vendor offering multiple dog discounts. This usually saves on the overall price of the animals as well as on shipping costs.
- Training materials and courses that come with a guard dog purchase can be cost-effective in that the new owner will not have to spend time looking for the right guard dog trainer. It is also beneficial in that the new owner is able to get customized training.