CPI Training Programs

Elite Family & Estate Protection Dog Program

A video of “Hammer,” an Elite Family and Estate Protection Dog


Our Elite Family and Estate Protection Dog Program builds on the foundation of our Executive Protection Dog Program. The emphasis of this elite program is Advanced Fighting Skills. While we include training in fighting skills in our Executive Protection Dog Program, this elite program takes these skills to another level. We then integrate these Advanced Fighting Skills into every imaginable scenario a dog might encounter.

The Elite Family and Estate Protection Dog program has a set curriculum (see Training Program Comparison page) yet is individualized for each dog and owner’s needs. There are fundamentals to advanced fighting skills that all dogs who complete this program share. As with people, there are unique talents and abilities in individual dogs. Once developed, those unique talents and abilities provide an opportunity because we can teach specific skills to take advantage of them.

Even for dogs with tremendous ability, there can be potential challenges to overcome. Natural ability, previous training and individual make-up all contribute to the time, effort and cost required to move a dog through the Elite Family and Estate Protection Dog program. Likewise, the cost of purchasing a CPI dog capable of excelling in this challenging program is dependent in part on these same variables.

Why the Elite Family and Estate Protection Dog Program?

A question we are often asked is, ‘Why should I choose this elite program over CPI’s Executive Protection Dog Program?’ This is especially true for clients who are not high profile, who live in safe communities, blend in with neighbors and enjoy a lifestyle “under the radar.”

The answer is simple: “What if?” What if a home invasion were to take place? At that moment it’s not a matter of your degree of risk or how removed your community is from crime. In that moment, you will want the highest caliber of dog, with the most advanced fighting skills combined with the advanced handler protection skills to ensure your family is truly secure.

Program Specifics

Building on the Basics

In our Executive Protection Dog Program we teach “basic” fighting skills such as transfers, overcoming obstacles, and strategies of entering (attacking). Until now it’s “classroom” taught skills, to some extent. Somewhat like Mr. Miyagi in the 80’s classic The Karate Kid teaching “wax on, wax off”. Learning how to use the skills, then actually using them in “sparring” is invaluable.

The Need for Advanced Fighting Skills

In all likelihood if someone is profiling homes in your neighborhood and sees your dog, he or she will choose another home. In all likelihood it will actually be more than one person. What if they don’t see your dog? Once inside, armed and probably under the influence of some narcotic, most of the criminals that commit these crimes will be committed to see it through.

Just like in K9 law enforcement, just because your dog attacks doesn’t mean they necessarily are going to stop. As a matter of fact, most don’t. They’re oblivious to pain. They’re going to fight your dog. That is when you would want the highest level of natural ability (power and heart) as possible, combined with advanced fighting skills.

In traditional protection training the dog always wins. As a result many a police dog has been ruined when fighting someone who fights back. The issue is a combination of not having technique to counter the assault combined with not having been prepared mentally for such an encounter.

The answer isn’t simply fighting a dog as a trainer, or “sparring”. If you simply fight a dog it doesn’t prepare him or her to fight. It just tests their present ability, and potentially diminishes what he or she may be willing to endure next time. Advanced Fighting Skills are about expanding technique, mental strategy, conditioning and what each dog thinks he or she is capable of handling.

Take for instance the following scenario. While it’s taken from law enforcement, it applies to everyday life for those of us outside of law enforcement.

Example: A CPI dog in a Special Operations Unit

The officer from the Stockton Police Department had deployed his dog on an escaping felon. The felon, oblivious to pain as a result of PCP, fought the dog by repeatedly slamming him against the side of the bridge they were on. The dog continued to fight regardless of the injuries he sustained. The felon finally picked the dog up and threw him over the side of the bridge. The dog hung there until he could no longer support his own weight with his mouth. He fell onto the road below. His handler, assuming the worst (that his dog had not survived the drop), now had to face the now-enraged and violent felon alone. That was until the dog, having survived the fall, ran up the embankment onto the bridge and took on the felon for another round! The officer and dog finally subdued him. That’s Advanced CPI Fighting Skills in action.

Most of our clients are not in law enforcement. However, the felons that law enforcement are apprehending are the ones breaking into homes. They are the violent attackers.

What about the dog in all of this?

The Love of Engaging an Opponent

To some people it may sound like it is we who should be protecting our dogs from such an encounter. We do owe it to ourselves, our family and even our protection dog to stay out of harm’s way despite any of our self-defense skills. Just like a person serving in the executive protection field, a dog chosen for this level of training LOVES the engagement. You can see this in all our videos. The fight may be serious and challenging, but it is pleasurable nonetheless. We keep our dogs safe and out of harm’s way whenever possible. If someone has to engage a violent home intruder, your dog is prepared to do so. While your dog does what he or she has been bred, raised and trained to do — and enjoys it — you and those you care most about are free to alert law enforcement and seek the safest place possible until they arrive.

Time Frame and Cost

Purchasing a CPI Dog

If you are purchasing a CPI dog, the price is dependent on the cost of the dog and time and effort invested in training. Typically we use higher caliber dogs for this program, as is needed in order to learn to fight on this level. Prices for Elite Family and Estate Protection Dogs start at $35,000.00.

Having your Dog Trained by CPI

If you want training for a dog you already own, an evaluation will be required. Every dog is different; each dog’s training needs will be different as well. The price of your dog’s training will depend on the results of an evaluation of his or her natural ability combined with the level of training already achieved.

For example, the average dog experienced in European dog sports would require between 12 and 16 weeks of training at an average cost of $18,500. Dogs with more advanced training such as our Naked Obedience, Protection Dog Basics II or our Executive Protection Dog program would likely require less training, reducing the cost of the program.
Despite our evaluation of your dog, and estimating the time and effort required for training, every dog will respond to training in his or her own way. This includes the potential that he or she will require more time or effort than at first was estimated. However, once you are given a price for your dog’s training, after the evaluation, the price will remain the same regardless of the actual time and effort required.