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 GatorlandK9 International's practical system of protection training known as American Street Ring was founded by Ted Hoppe

The training of a protection dogs requires deep knowledge and experience.  

Ted & RJ Hoppe have a combined 30+ years of dog training.  

Ted and RJ do not just train your dogs, they educate their clients.  

They want you to understand why protection training is the best.

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Dear Ted,

We have never seen a finer dog than Libby. She epitomizes everything a protection dog should be: alert, obedient, intelligent, quick, courageous, balanced, responsive, and even-tempered. Introducing her into the home (that included a four-year-old toddler, a 71-year-old man, and an 11-year-old German Shepherd) was effortless and she fit in as if she were always there. We were worried that she would only look to Ted as a handler but she transitioned to us easily and smoothly as her owners, taking commands from us without any hesitation.We couldn't wish for a better dog, even if we were to dream another one up in our own heads. We feel safe knowing that Libby is "on alert" 24 hours a day, and wish everyone could know this feeling...and then realizing that everyone can, just as we did. Ted you have earned life-time customers!   N. Callaway, Zachary, LA


What is practical protection training about and what does it involve?  Schutzhund and similar sports are training patterns. This means that there is a sequence that the dog learns & the dog becomes programmed for the sequence. In real world protection, there are no sequences that the dog must follow and you must create realistic training scenarios such as anti-carjacking exercises and handler protection. 

AMERICAN STREET RING is the foundation for real practical protection of your Home & Family. The exercises in ASR combine all of these elements to make a well balanced Protection Dog that can live safely with a family and still offer the security of knowing that the dog will react if needed to a threat.    

American Street Ringcreates a dog that will protect the handler in the real world.  Being trained to handle a dog in American Street Ring creates a dog and handler team, that will make the dog better prepared to protect his owner, vehicle or the family home. This is a GatorlandK9 International Elite Family Protection Dog!

Personal Protection Dog training and handling, from our Basic Protection Dogs through our Elite Family Protection Dogs require the help of  professional trainers. You have come to the right place here at GatorlandK9 Internation with Ted & RJ Hoppe working together to help you select, custom train and teach you to handle your new Family Protection Dog. We understand that this is not just any dog but a new member of your Family.  Contact Ted Hoppe below for more information and videos of our protection dog training. 

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                           Q&A with Ted Hoppe - Purchasing a Protection Dog

Ted Hoppe would like to address some of the more common questions and concerns

GatorlandK9 International receives.

We will also be adding Blog posts & new videos, explaining our specialized training methods &

best of all showing our specialized training methods. 

1.  What qualities should I look for in a dog that I am considering for family protection?

The most important is that the dog be stable, with solid nerves. A good example of optimal temperament is to look at the qualities of an exceptional Police K-9 dog. This dog is highly trained to apprehend criminals but at the same time, must go home after work and live with the family. Police K-9’s often go into schools for demonstrations and have to be petted by many excited children. You may not need a Police dog but you want the same qualities that make a good Police dog. The dog should be intelligent, loyal and confident. The dog should be loving with it’s family and social in social situations but know when to defend if needed. 

2. What qualities should a Family Protection Dog trainer possess?

Protection is a specialty and not all trainers are qualified to train a dog in protection. There are many good obedience trainers in this country but not much is known about protection. It is important to know the qualifications of the person offering a trained protection dog.

  • An accomplished personal protection trainer should have a minimum of 10 years experience, including experience in Military K-9 or Police K-9 training. They should be able to train a dog to the advanced level of obedience required for a protection dog and they should be able to demonstrate this training with the dog. They should have many references, including references from families if you are considering a family protection dog and you have small children.
  • Ted Hoppe is a Nationally recognized trainer and founder of American Street Ring. He has 30 years experience. When considering a protection dog, he will take the time to listen to you and your needs and what it is that you want. And not just sell you what we have. It is important that you are matched with the right dog for you and your situation.

3. What services should I expect with the contract, and follow-up service after I have purchased the dog?

Our contracts are normally customized to meet the needs of each client. Most come standard with a satisfaction/replacement agreement in the event the dog does not work out. You get handler training with the dog and a detailed instructional DVD. Ideally, you should come and meet the dog and spend some time learning the commands and how the dog was trained. If the dog is sent to you, the minimum to consider is an instructional DVD that clearly shows all of the commands and how to reinforce them. Having the dog delivered to your home would be important and especially helpful if you were experiencing problems with criminals. Ted Hoppe has extensive experience working with families. Training is just as much working with the human as it is working with dogs. Being able to work with people is often different than working with dogs. You will feel comfortable with Ted Hoppe. You will trust the training advice he offers. This trust will form a relationship that should last for the lifetime of the dog. At Gatorland K-9 International, exceeding your expectations should include not only the dog, but the service that you receive when buying the dog that you choose as your Family Protection Dog.

Contact Ted Hoppe at 386-337-0730

Congratulations to RJ Hoppe & Tebow for their Private Certification in American Street Ring. 

Hi GatorlandK9 International:

We just wanted to give you an update on all of us. Marco is working out beautifully. He has given us peace of mind and comfort as well as the ability to live in our own home. We haven't had any "break-ins" for 3 months now, so we are assuming that Marco is a deterrent factor. He is such a good dog and has become our 4th baby! The kids adore him, and he is so gentle and patient with them. He is Cooper's outside buddy, Taylor's running buddy and Teagan's watch-dog. He truly pays special attention to her and they love each other!

We hope all is well with you and your family. We are counting on a Wyoming visit from you sometime in the future! Thanks for all you've done for us.   
Jodie and the rest of the Cody Thompsons


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