Svalinn | An Elite Protection Dog Company with a Legacy of Vigilance

When one thinks about the term “world-class,” the Horn of Africa isn’t the first place that comes to mind. But it’s there, during the instability of eastern Africa in the mid-2000s that the idea of Svalinn and its world-class protection dog program was born.

That’s when Svalinn’s founder established a high-level security services firm in Kenya in order to protect world leaders and members of international humanitarian organizations.

Quickly realizing that his family required reliable, home-based protection while he was off protecting others, two well-trained Dutch Shepherds were acquired. After putting these two ‘Dutchies” through his own training curriculum, friends and neighbors began to take note of how effective these dogs were, as both protectors and as loving members of the family. As more and more acquaintances began seeking the same protection and peace of mind, this gave rise to Svalinn and a globetrotting relocation search that landed the company in beautiful Jackson, Wyoming.

Today Svalinn breeds and trains elite protection dogs based not on pedigrees, but a specific mix of the most desirable characteristics from bloodlines dating back over 80 years – with a special emphasis on capability, stability and sociability. Many so-called “protection” dogs are trained for competitions; at Svalinn they aren’t interested in sports or games. Their focus is developing loving and faithful companion dogs that are also exceptional deterrents to a would-be threat, and instant protectors, should you or your family ever be in imminent danger.

Because Svalinn breeds their own Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds and German Shepherds, they are able to start training at just six weeks of age. Not only does this allow them to optimize the time when dogs are the most impressionable but also allows their trainers to know each dog and their personality intimately from the day they were born to the time they place them with a client. This crucial time allows Svalinn to offer a Perfect Fit Guarantee and gives them the ability to guide your decision in selecting the most appropriate dog for your needs and lifestyle. Svalinn’s verified bloodlines and breeding program also make it possible for them to offer a Lifetime Genetic Guarantee that is unparalleled in the industry.

Their methodology is based on firsthand experience in non-permissive environments such as Afghanistan, Kenya and Somalia with real-world threats and is guided by a strictly defined set of performance criteria. The foundation of the training is obedience, stability, socialization and agility. These elements are critical for dogs that will be in public, with families and individuals in daily life situations. While most people presume the protection work to be the most critical component of training, at the end of the day, it’s really the “on/off switch.” The ability to protect its handler in one instant, and immediately be calm and stable and move into obedience in the next instant. Every Svalinn dog is proven to be thinking, observant and discerning.

The addition of a protection dog to your security strategy offers many unique advantages. Svalinn dogs cannot be used against their owners like a firearm, or bypassed like an alarm system, nor are they susceptible to any form of corruption like a paid security guard. Svalinn dogs are a proactive approach to security — The presence alone of a highly trained, obedient and discerning dog is a significant deterrent to would-be assailants.

Svalinn dogs have been raised to become loving members of new families since they were puppies. It’s important to remember that while Svalinn dogs possess an elite set of skills they can employ in a split-second to defend you or your family, they are first and foremost family pets that love attention and affection like any other dog.

One of the biggest differentiators between Svalinn and other protection dog companies is their curriculum is built upon a deep understanding and appreciation of the unique and very special relationship between man and dog that allows the two to bond so perfectly. A keen insight into the canine world and years of experience allow Svalinn to offer you the best and most stable protection dogs in the world.

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