Canine Specialists And Security Services South Africa

Unlike a security or guard dog, a protection trained dog is social and affectionate animal, but possesses a natural instinct to protect and defend his pack. The dog is trained to alert you to trouble and to deter suspicious and criminal activity through fierce barking. If a perpetrator does venture onto your property, fully trained protection dogs may disable the perpetrator, on their own or on command until law enforcement arrives. These are dogs that are specifically trained to handle situations such as break-ins and home / office / event invasions and they are effective at both deterring crime and capturing predators who may make their way onto your property. Ultimately, they can keep your family and property safe from harm while providing unconditional love and affection.

Benefits of Canine Protection Services Through Mantis Security

The use of highly trained Guard dogs (K9) – in combination with specially trained security officers which are dog handlers offers the following benefits:

  • Professionally trained dog serves as a deterrent
  • Study – 83% of burglars said they would be deterred from committing a crime if there was a dog on the premises
  • Protect and alert the Security Officer and respond to eminent threats
  • Detect threats far quicker than humans
  • Selfless protector
  • Effective weapon

What differentiates K9 over Security Officers on their own?

  • Smell
  • Dog’s primary sense
  • It is 40 times better than humans
  • Dogs have 300 million sensory receptors. Human’s have a meager 5 million in comparison.
  • Hearing
  • Dogs can hear 4 x times the distance of humans
  • Sight
  • Best at dawn and dusk
  • Better than humans
  • Dogs can see moving objects better than humans

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Dog Handler Grading South Africa – Mantis Canine Services

“Any Security Service Provider or Organisation wanting to provide or use dogs and/or trained handlers must comply with the minimum standards in terms of the Government Gazette No. 19067 Board Notice 120, and Government Gazette 19740 Board Notice 15.

The minimum standards determine that:

  • A security officer working with a dog must have been trained at an accredited dog training and supplier centre.
  • A Security Service Provider who provides dogs and trained handlers must be accredited as a Security Dog Supplier.
  • Clients who make use of dogs and/or handlers must ensure that their Security Service Providers comply with the relevant legislation.
  • All dogs used must have the necessary identification, and must have been trained at an accredited dog training centre.

What Grades of Dog Handler Security Guards Are Available?

  1. DH1 – Basic obedience and aggression on leash. Classification and use of dog breeds. Care and utilization of dog breeds.
  2. DH2 – Advanced obedience and aggression on leash. Working with your dog in an environment where people are present.
  3. DH3 – Advanced obedience and aggression + remote control. 5 – 10 metre distance control with your dog.
  4. DH4 – Highest level of obedience, independent work on and off leash including Attack off leash.
  5. DH5 – Substance detection (narcotics, explosives etc.) Full control of your dog while working off leash.

What Are The Benefits of a Canine-Assisted Security Guard?

Guard Dog’s Quicker Response from Faster Reflexes

“Typically trained guard dogs have faster reflexes and should respond quicker when you ask them to do something, ideally on your first command” A dog having only basic obedience training will probably need several commands before he actually completes an action.”

Guard Dog Loyalty

A dog that is trained as a watch dog is taught not to listen to other people’s commands. The dog will only listen to his owner and will not accept treats from others, so the dog cannot be bribed. This makes it difficult for an intruder to enter the house.

Professionally Trained Dog Serves As A Deterrent

A dog that appears alert, ready to react and is on a leash alongside an official-looking guard is surely one of the biggest deterrents to crime. 83% of burglars said they would be deterred from committing a crime if there was a dog on the premises.

Protect and alert the Security Officer and respond to eminent threats

A dog’s hearing and smell capabilities are light-years ahead of us humans. A dog’s primary sense is its smell; it is 40 times better than humans and dogs have 300 million sensory receptors, vs a meagre 5 million in humans.

Detect threats much quicker than humans

Reaction time from trained dogs is drastically shorter than that of an obedience-trained dog. Their faster reflexes should ensure they respond quicker when you ask them to do something, ideally on your first command.

Selfless protector and Effective weapon

A trained guard dog will attack anyone who his trainer commands him to. A well trained guard dog will also not release grip on a perpetrator until he is commanded to do so. This shows the incredible loyalty the canine offers us as humans, as well as how effective they are as non-lethal weapons. If the suspect or perpetrator is armed, the security officer in command of the dog will have sufficient chance to arm himself and react accordingly, in order to protect the life and well-being of those they are guarding, as well as the officer and the dog.


Unlike obedience training, security dog training may be performed at any age. A dog may acquire the necessary skills to protect your home even after he matures. However, it is important that he gets guard dog training as soon, and as early as possible, so that he won’t learn other skills that may interfere with the attack dog skills.

For instance, if a dog is trained not to jump on things, he will hesitate when being asked to jump during the guard training sessions. You can also request security services together with a trained security guard dog as security package.


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Should Your Existing Security Guard Have a Guard Dog Accompany Him? Considerations to Make

Guard Dogs Provide Extra Precaution

As a way to add an extra precaution, working with a security dog could be a good idea. As long as the animal is well-trained and able to handle itself well in the field, it could work as a great addition to the team. The staff members must all know how to handle the animal, though, to ensure it does not become a problem.

Dog Patrol Security Officer License

Not all security officers are trained to handle dogs. They have to obtain the proper licensing and gain sufficient experience if they want to have a guard dog on duty with them. This license indicates an understanding of how to handle the animal in the field and knowledge of dogs in general. You should never work with an animal of any kind unless you feel comfortable doing so.

Guard Dog Welfare Requirements

Rightly so, there are particular requirements when it comes to the welfare of guard dogs. Private security companies that wish to have them on their roster must keep the animals adequately caged or within a safe room. Their living quarters must remain clean and well-kept so as not to expose the animal to unsanitary conditions. They must all be properly fed and provided with water, including a portable water source that can be taken on duty. Regular vaccinations are necessary as well.

Guard Dog Registration

There are also further requirements for canines labelled as guard dogs. They must be registered with the right authorities.

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Security Dogs – Should Your Business Security Guard Have a Guard Dog?

There are a variety of reasons why you might find the need for an extra level of security. From making sure your home and family are secure to ensuring the safety of yourself and employees safety at the workplace, taking appropriate precautions can truly be a lifesaver and save you financial headaches, emotional distress and a myriad of other negative consequences.

An option people consider, either alone or paired with a security system or security guard, is having a security dog or guard dog. Large breed dogs with a propensity for guarding, such as German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Dobermans, can scare off a burglar, particularly if they are inside your home instead of your yard, or accompanied by a trained canine specialist security guard t the perimeter or entrance to your business premises.

Burglars also dislike smaller dogs with a tendency to bark as this noise can draw attention to their attempts to break in. Dogs that bark the most include Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Beagles, and several small terrier breeds. Special consideration should be taken if you are gravitating toward having a smaller dog breed as a criminal deterrent; the sad reality is, due to their size, they are easily “quietened” by a determined criminal.

If you do decide to use a dog for protection, make sure you have one that is properly trained and socialized. Using a canine specialist from a security company such as Mantis Security provides you the peace of mind that both the canine specialist security guard, as well as the dog itself, are fully trained to handle any situation.

Reasons You May Want to Get a Security Dog

Security Guards Offer Extra Protection

While all businesses in high-crime areas can benefit from a monitored security system, in some cases you may need to couple this with security guards or other forms of protection. Consider what the policy in your county is for police response to alarm calls. Some departments will not respond right away to calls from an alarm service, and some may have a policy of not responding at all due to too many false alarm calls. In this case, hiring a security guard service is an extra level of protection.

Security guards are a good option for private businesses worried about crime, as well as for public and government buildings and transport buildings concerned about not only criminal activity but possible terrorist threats. Uniformed security guards are also an effective visual deterrent in these situations. Security guard services vary and may provide guards who stay constantly at the property or who visit the property at intervals or respond immediately to notifications from your alarm system. They may also be armed or unarmed depending on your needs and may have additional specialized training.

You Are a High Profile Person

If you are a “high profile” individual, such as a celebrity, politician, or a wealthy person, you may feel the need to have a personal bodyguard. People in this group tend to be targets for overzealous fans, thieves, and individuals who wish to hurt them physically. In this scenario, a personal bodyguard service is a smart choice.

Personal Protection Dogs Minimize Risks

Having a personal protection dog trained that travels with you is also an effective visual deterrent, especially since the dogs most often trained for this service are large, intimidating breeds. These dogs work best for people who feel they are personally at risk for the same reasons they might hire a bodyguard and who prefer a canine companion, or they may use a dog in conjunction with other protection services. The drawback to a personal protection dog is they come with considerable expense and may cost a considerable amount – due to their high level of training and breeding. You also may not be able to take them with you everywhere you go.

You or Your Business Transfers Cash or High-End Goods

If your business needs to move cash deposits to a bank or ship expensive items, such as jewellery, electronics, or even sensitive materials like pharmaceuticals, then you may need additional security systems. In this instance, you can hire a security guard service on a short-term basis to stay with staff during the trip to the bank until the funds are secure. You can also hire them to travel with goods during transport or provide guards in patrol cars to monitor the car or truck making the delivery.