K-9 Training and handling

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Ryder Protection Services K-9 Dog Training Unit

Ryder Protection Services Directors, Dog Trainers and Handlers, Stanford and Peter Maguwu, formerly with Minetech, are fully certified in training dogs for obedience, security, and landmine, narcotics and explosives location, after long-term intensive residential training courses in SA and the USA.  They have accumulated extensive experience training and handling mine dogs in Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan.


Animal Rights First

We believe animal rights are fundamental.  In all our training, we avoid the use of any methods that would violate these rights.  We ensure that the training is primarily perceived by the dog, as a game between the dog and the owner or trainer.

We are open to inspection and scrutiny by all animal-concerned groups such as SPCA, VAWZ, AWARE Trust and the Friend Foundation – and we welcome it.

Trained Security Dogs for Hire

Ryder selects suitable rescued dogs who live at the Friend Animal Foundation, trains them for security, and then hires them out.  Some income goes back into the Foundation, which in turn continues housing the dogs

Domestic Dog Training (On site and Off site)

The K-9 Team has worked with dog owners in over 70 households to date, to train their dogs, and has assisted many of these dog owners in resolving specific canine behavioural problems.  Depending on the dog, its temperament, whether it has behavioural issues, and the owner’s wishes, Ryder dog trainers will adopt one of two approaches:

Off Site Training

The dog is taken to Ryder’s own kennels at Friend Animal Foundation for a three week intensive training period before bringing him or her back to the owners, and working with both owner and dog together to ensure the owner learns the commands and practises them with the retuned trained dog.

On Site Training

The training takes place at the owner’s home on a daily basis for three weeks, and with the owner fully involved in the process throughout.

Canine Behaviour, Body Language and Expression

The first goal of the would-be dog trainer and owner is to learn to emulate the behaviours of his canine cousin.  The absolute best way to learn what a dog does and why, is through direct observation. Dogs use a fairly limited range of actions. The dog’s range of communication via body language and voice is very effective for communicating with humans under normal circumstances.

The list below describes some basic behaviours that the dog trainer, handler or owner must learn to recognise and interpret:


Dogs bark for many reasons; as a greeting, a warning, a threat, for attention, or even as a show of preference. The tone, volume, and body language during barking, all come together to create a message for the humans or other dogs around.


Yapping usually indicates a desire for attention, or an attempt to draw attention to something in the puppy or dog’s environment.  Sometimes it is simply a sign of excitement.

Whining and Whimpering

Dogs will often whimper or whine when sad or distressed; for instance when hungry or being abused by their owners.


Growling is generally a sign of aggression, extreme dislike or distress, or forcefulness.


A dog’s nose tells it a lot about the world and smell is one of its most important senses. When meeting new people, a dog will usually build a catalogue of their scents by sniffing at their feet, crotch, bottom, arm pits, and so on.


A lick at the owner’s shoes generally shows submission, while licking the hand or face can portray gratitude, excitement, affection, or a host of other things, depending on the animal’s posture and expression.

Tail Wagging

A dog will wag its tail for many reasons, but the most common and universal is to show a range of happy emotions.


A canine pawing at things usually wants something. Pawing the door means he probably wants to go out. When pawing the toys, he may want to play.

Our Dog Training Courses

  • Superdog Basic Obedience
  • Superdog Advanced Obedience
  • Superdog Basic Protection
  • Superdog Advanced Protection
  • Superdog Sniffing
  • Superdog Detection