There is a saying, "If its too good too be true, well, it probably is". NOT THE CASE WITH DAVID HARRIS PDS AND ARIC HARRIS !!!!!!!! I spent much time and research on Personal Protection Dogs, but still always had doubts. But those doubts were erased went by chance I found David Harris. I left a message, and promptly received a call back from David Harris himself !
I had a special situation in my home, as my husband, as a child , was attacked my their 200 lb family pet St Bernard. Needless I say, he didn't want a big dog, let alone a personal protection dog, and a German Shepherd??? My husband underwent facial surgery to reconstruct his face for 10 years after the attack. BUT, after numerous emails, phone conversations, and countless hours watching David's videos, his method of training, his philosophy of raising these dogs, my husband COULD NOT WAIT, to meet David, Aric and the dogs!!!! Long story short, David picked out a dog he thought would be perfect for us.... among a few others. We had the absolute pleasure of meeting David, and Aric and spending a day with them. Neither of them pushed us into making any hasty decisions of picking out a dog. David had told me he knew my heart would tell me the right choice. He easily could have pushed us into a dog several thousand dollars more. But he never did. The dog he picked for us, was the one who chose us!!!
Ghaige Von Prufenpuden, now with the middle name of "Gabriel", after Gabriel the Archangel, as he truly is our protector and angel. David knows his dogs, their personalities, their idiosyncrasies. I cannot say enough good things about PDS. They are kind, honest and have integrity. Do I have any doubts about this dog? Any doubts that if someone crashed thru my door, and came at us, any doubts that if i was threatened, that he would protect me? I I have not a doubt in my mind, that Ghaige would lay down his life for me if needed.
If anyone wishes to contact me, and ask me any questions, i would be more than happy to answer., please contact David, and he will put you in touch with me. Thank you David, and Aric for giving us the opportunity to be Ghaige Gabriel Von Prufenpudens Humans ! He is truly a gift from God.
"I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU for the gift of Cannon!!! He is the most amazing young man EVER!!!! He is the definition of PERFECTION!!! We are in love with him!!!! I don't know who's happier…. US or HIM!!!! We are totally sprung over Cannon - we have been showing him off EVERYWHERE!!!! He's a celebrity around here :) Life is wonderful thanks to you and your wonderful staff.
Thank you again - Cannon is a fine example of your expertise. Everyone at Protection Dog Sales truly the best of the best - and a blessing to our family. Let me just say that we are customers for LIFE with y'all….. I will NEVER own another "child" that y'all didn't train - it's that simple.
"I wanted to take a moment and write a testimonial for others to read about my interaction and experience working with you and your team members during the purchase of my dog and new friend, Bane. As a retired high ranking official appointed directly by our Governor, a former adjudicary law judge for our states Attorney General's office, and as a former chief investigator, and a former private security company business owner who worked with a highly trained guard dog, I know better than most the importance of having a friend, companion and protector who can be depended on.
I sold my business and my friend/dog soon passed on. I waited sometime before deciding to buy a family protection dog. I did a lot of research and found David Harris and Protection Dog Sales. Anyone looking for a family protection dog need not look any further. David Harris and Protection Dog Sales is your premier dog trainers. David took the time to ask all the right questions so I would have a dog that met (exceeded) all my needs! I know doing business on the internet has many inherent risks but, not here! David Harris and his staff are the most qualified (read David's bio) and ethical group I've had the pleasure to work with. There website doesn't even begin to describe what a quality animal you are buying and the care and commitment that goes into training these remarkable animals.
When I received my new friend, Bane I was absolutely elated. What an incredible animal! The time and care David and his group put into training Bane reflects well of them and there organization. Bane is the easiest going dog, playful, fun and loving with my entire family and you would never know he has a protective side until you encounter a stranger. Bane switches modes and becomes your immediate protector but, NEVER over reacting; showing great restrain and control. During the entire time of my purchase and even after the sale and delivery, Protection Dog Sales continues to provide exemplary service. Promptly answering any questions that may arise. All I can say is look no further for a family protection dog. These dogs are unique and trained by the most highly qualified individuals who are passionate, committed and obviously care about there reputation. If you want the best, call David Harris. You won't regret your decision. "
"It is a pleasure to write a testimonial for you so that prospective buyers can receive helpful feedback on you and the protection dogs you provide. I searched across North America in my quest to find a protection dog AS WELL as a family dog. We wanted to have a well trained, responsive, well bred protection dog but equally important to us was a dog that would integrate well into our family that included two young children. Sometimes it seems we have more than two children as their friends tend to congregate at our home! Our children and their friends are very active, it is not uncommon for them to engage in make believe battle games ranging from pirates brandishing swords to NAVY Seals on special ops so at the back of our minds was always the question of whether a protection dog would be able to distinguish these play attacks from the real thing. Our search for the perfect four legged family member had us speaking to close to 25 “professionals” in the protection dog field. Some were instantly crossed off our list after hearing comments that ranged from “ Our dogs are trained to attack you must never ever leave them alone, let alone with children” to “do not allow other children to hold anything in their hands while playing with your children” - Others upon detailed discussions were “taking orders” for dogs that were in Europe, would ship them, then keep them in their facility for 1 week then forward them on to us.
As wonderful as these dogs could be it left us wondering about the lack of history and short 1 week training program stateside. What if issues surfaced after 1 week? When I happened upon David’s website, and my first conversation with David, there was an immediate sense of trust. I presented our situation and David immediately outlined the dogs he thought would work best in our family. His vast experience coupled with a genuine love and respect for dogs was evident during our conversations and subsequent visit to his facility. Based on his recommendations we selected a young GSD, Theodore. Theodore is absolutely everything David said he would be and more. His manners are impeccable, he is responsive, loving, and so very eager to please. He is a very happy, well adjusted dog who is sound in body and mind. He is first and foremost a family dog , by our side engaging in the activities that we are, yet ready to protect his family at all costs. We attended to David’s state of the art kennel in Kentucky to receive training with Theodore and we highly recommend this option to all purchasers. The ability to work closely with David and Aric was immensely helpful and educational. It resulted in a very smooth transition for Theodore. The best testimonial that I can provide is the fact that should we or our loved ones be looking for a dog, whether a personal protection dog or simply a well trained, responsive pet, David is our first and only call. Pets are the only family members we get to choose, we know that by selecting one of David’s dogs, we are assured a family member that is happy, loving, responsive, well trained – in short – the perfect four legged family member. Kind regards,"
"It's always a tough decision to do business with someone with whom you have had no previous experience. So, I wanted to follow up with this email to let you know that we are very pleased we found you. Jimi (spelling acording to Rob) is a dream. My kids are in love with him. I have raised and trained a few dogs, and he is my favorite. He is a true joy. He took to us immediately - not one single problem. Thanks again. You have my unqualified endorsement. "
David and Staff,
"I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for the wonderful job you have done helping us acquire, train and develop our two Dobermans. They are a pleasure to live with and greatly enhance the quality of our lives in every way.
I cannot tell you how safe Kim feels when she takes them for walks late at night knowing that they are wonderfully trained and fully prepared to defend her if necessary. They are both wonderful around the home and our whole family sleeps very well at night knowing that Elvis and Zena are on the job. Thanks again for your amazing service."
"Just a quick note of thanks for all the support you have given me with Tory and Leila. I am so grateful to have someone of your skill to help me develop my dogs into the best protection dogs they can be. I know it all starts with good breeding, but without training and development it is all just potential. It's been wonderful watching how you have set milestones and confidently achieved them with each of my two German Shepherds. I look forward to each training session and cannot wait to see just how far they, and I, can go.
"Seven Years Ago at a very difficult time in my life I found myself needing a highly trained protection dog. I found the ad for Protection Dog Sale and placed the call. Upon hearing of my situation I was told about several dogs they had for sale that would fit my needs. Due to not being able to get to Frankfort that day, yet desperately needing something to give me peace-of-mind, they had one of their trainers bring a dog (CJ, a two year old personal protection trained German Shepherd) to my home.
I ended up buying this dog and have never regretted it. In fact over the years I have purchased two more trained Shepherds as well as referring numerous friends that have also purchased dogs from them. Included in the purchase price of this highly trained dog were classes for me to learn how to handle this type of dog. We started attending obedience classes that David held at a local park during the week and also attended personal protection classes on the weekend in Frankfort. I have been very thankful and impressed with the level of training that not only CJ's received but that I have received as well.
In fact our training has enabled CJ to earn her CD title, but not just earn, we came in first 3 out of 5 times, once scoring a 196 1/2 out of a possible 200! CJ and I have also done numerous demo days and have been featured on the six o'clock news in a special report that Fox ran on how women today can protect themselves. Thus proving how stable and versatile dogs purchased from Protection Dog Sales are. Over the years CJ and I have moved, first to NC and now to SC, however, we still travel to KY at least once a year to train with CSU.
Knowing that age is creeping up on CJ I realize it is time to buy another sport/personal protection dog (my other dogs are purely for home protection). And the only place that I would consider buying any dog is Protection Dog Sale because I know that David will sell me a dog that will be mentally stable, trained exactly to my specifications, not to tough for me to handle, and that somebody from PDS's will be available should I ever need them."
"To anyone interested in learning how to get the most from your dog; I became aware of David Harris in 1998. I had just purchased my 1st gsd from a "back yard breeder" and was telling a respected older lady in the community about my puppy. She emphatically told me of her history of owning gsd's and how the best dogs she ever owned where trained by David. I immediately scheduled an appointment with David.
Never working with a dog trainer before I did not know what to expect. I quickly discovered David's training is as much about teaching the dog owner how to train their dog as it is about him training the dog. He introduced me to techniques like "shaping", "positive reinforcement", "clicker training", "corrections" etc. Even though, over the course of 1 year, we only had 9 training sessions I had a wonderful & obedient gsd. Due to medical issues I had to put my gsd down in 2009.
In 2011 I decided to get another gsd. Without hesitation I contacted David. He had a litter ready for sale so I purchased a dark sable male from him. David's training stayed consistent from 1998. With my new puppy only 9 weeks old we began shaping techniques, clicker training and positive reinforcement techniques. It is amazing how quickly a puppy can learn without ever receiving a correction. In closing I would like to say that I dearly loved my 1st gsd, Sampson. He was an awesome companion and family pet, however, I do see differences between him and my current gsd Champ.
Even though Champ is only 7 months old I already see more true gsd characteristics in him. This is due to David only breeding high quality gsd's. Champ has a "steadiness" and mental toughness that is different from my previous gsd. With continued training I am excited to see my puppy develop into an awesome adult dog as he has already became a highly valued extension of our family which consist of my wife, our 6 and 12 year old boys, our Westie and our cat."
"Over the course of my 19 years in Emergency Services, 10 of it in Law Enforcement. I haver never met more disciplined well trained K-9's. You not only teach different levels of personal protection, you teach them to be loving in home family animals for all to enjoy. No matter what the breed! I rest easy knowing my German Shepherd is not only a protection dog, she's a family dog I can take anywhere. I think Barry Bernson of FOX 41 News said it best. "These dogs are SO smart, alert, and obedient it's scary." Truly AMAZING."
"Hey David, I just want to thank you for all of your help. I purchased Anders (Andy) Von Prufenpuden from you almost 4 years ago. I love that dog. All of the training that we have done with you has permanently bonded us. I can't believe how far you have helped me bring Andy in his protective instincts. He absolutely adores my grandson and refuses to leave his side when James is staying with me. I pity the person foolish enough to try to harm me or my grandson! Andy is such a friendly dog, but he is also smart. The training has helped him recognize what is a threat and what is not. Thanks again David for offering the services of quality dogs, and obedience and protection training. I would strongly encourage everyone with a dog to seek you out. "
"I came to David with a very specific request. I had just bought an 8 week old working line Doberman that I wanted to train for protection. I also wanted to have an effective protection dog that would double as a sociable pet and especially around children. I then threw in a curve ball and requested that all be done in less than 6 months because I had to move to Egypt. To summarize the end result was better than I have ever imagined. I came in with a 2 months old puppy and left with a 7 month old dog that was better trained than 99% of the dogs I know. David pretty much custom tailored a training program to exactly fit what I wanted and fast tracked it to suit my timeline. I do not think that anyone else could have achieved the results that David did with my Dog. Even with a full schedule and a full kennel, David made me feel like I was his only client. The things I can do with my dog today would have never been possible if it wasn't for David's hard work, talent and his care and attentiveness for his clients needs. "
"David introduced me to a whole new world of dogs. His training methods are both flexible and versatile giving him the ability to work with any type of dog and any type of owner. I found his communication to be top notch and has taught me not just a great deal about dogs but more importantly the fundamentals of how to address dog problems and challenges. The after care and support that David and his team offer is unparalleled and I doubt that I can find similar service elsewhere. He always made sure to make dog ownership for his clients a pleasure and not a burden. When I was getting ready to move to Egypt I couldn't have been able to take my dog back with me if it wasn't for David. He even drove me and the dog from Lexington to Atlanta airport. Until today he is the first phone call I make whenever I have a dog question whether it being behavior or health related and even though he is thousands of miles away. "
"I highly recommend David and his team for anyone that is looking top quality training that suits THEIR NEEDS, unparalleled customer service and reasonable fees and prices. As a matter of fact I have recommended David over and over again and have heard nothing but raring feedback. "
For the past 12 years I have been working with David and have owned two of his GSDs. The lessons learned and knowledge gained from my first dog, Jerry Lee von Prufenpuden, and current dog, Cupid von Prufenpuden, are things I will never be able to thank him enough for. The most important quality, I believe, in David's breeding and training is the sense of balance that his dogs have between work and family. Training working dogs, not to mention competing with them, was the farthest thing from my mind back when I first decided to work with David; I simply wanted a well behaved GSD. What I didn't realize was that I'd crossed paths with a man who would teach and equip me with the knowledge and tools I needed to participate in wonderful sports and to understand and communicate with dogs in ways I thought to be impossible. Jerry Lee was my first dog from David. In August of 2001, my 11 year old daughter, 10-month-old Jerry, and I earned our AKC Companion Dog Title in Lexington, KY. We would later earn an AKC CDX, a Sch BH, and SchH1. As so often happens, real life tookover and Jerry spent the rest of his life traveling the country to far flung softball fieldswhile entertaining young and old alike withhis tricks and Frisbee skills. Jerry had a very serious side as well and on more than one occasion he was there without hesitation to change the minds of people that wished me harm. He was a one in a million dog. For the past 18 months I've been training with David and my dog Cupid. Cupid is the quintessential competition/family protection dog. Physically he is very athletic and extremely powerful. He has crazy prey and ball drives that evoke awe and laughter at the same time. This past November we earned a Sch BH and, more importantly, the praise of a highly respected judge. Cupid loves puppies, small dogs, children, and is a pleasure to live with. At 25 months of age he is maturing. That, combined with his solid black coat, yellow eyes, and flashing white teeth, makesa formidable package. He loves to work. Whether he's tracking, doing obedience or bite work, when he is working he is all in.When he is not, he just wants his belly scratched
I have been training with David for the past year when I brought to him my 11 week old Doberman Capone. Our first meeting Capone was not confident and peed himself when he got nervous. It didn’t take long for David to mold Capone into the very obedient family protection dog that he is now. We are still training with David to enhance Capone’s protection skills as he matures but I can say from first hand experience that David and everyone at ARTC are the friendliest, most professional and hardest working group that I have ever been around. Their dedication to their customers is top notch and their work speaks for itself. I have referred everyone that I know that is interested in purchasing a family protection dog to David and the staff at ARTC and will continue to do so!
As a owner of five company's that employ over three hundred people, and the parents of seven children we are very limited with our time. Not only limited in our time to find a dog, but to train one as well. When we had decided to add a German Shepherd to our family we began the search. We began looking on line and after many websites we came upon yours. We like the fact that you had protection dogs that were also great family pets. We were able to communicate with you directly on the type of dog we wanted and you worked with us to find the perfect one. Now that Sam has been with us for eight weeks we are confident in the fact we made the right decision. Sam has more than exceeded our expectations. And He truly is part of our family. We are starting to think of wanting to add another GS in the next year or two. If we could get another male from Sams bloodline would be great.
David, Rick, Aric and Staff,
Just a quick note to thank you for taking the time to listen to what we wanted in a dog. We feel that your personalized service was perfect for our needs. Yuska is the best dog ever! She is so well behaved in the house. She loves to go to work with George during the day. The girls have been playing lots of frisbee with her . She is adjusting very well. She is even getting along with Star the chihuahua! She is a perfect fit for our family!! We will definitely call you when we are ready for another dog. keep in touch.