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Hair Saver / Coat Saver – See “Fur Saver Collar

Halter Collar – A collar designed to reduce pulling by controlling the dog’s head.

Hand Commands / Signals – Non verbal methods to control a personal protection dog. Also see “Silent Commands”.

Handler – The person giving commands to the personal protection dog.

Handler Aggression – When a dog turns it’s aggression and barks, growls or bites its own handler.

Hand Protector – A piece of equipment designed to protect the hands and fingers of a helper/decoy during bite work.

Protection dog hand protector

Hand protectors so the decoy will still be able to play the piano after taking 50 bites today. 🙂

Hard Dog – A dog that can easily handle strong corrections and tough situations, i.e. a tough dog. Opposite of ‘soft dog’.

Harness, No Pull – A harness that makes it difficult for the protecti0n dog to pull while walking on a leash, but does not teach the dog to not pull.

Harness, Reflective – A brightly colored and reflective harness for safety while walking in darkness.

Head Harness – See ‘Halter Collar’ above.

Health Warranties – Guarantees given by protection dog companies with regard to the health of the dog they have sold you.

Heeling – Walking next to the handler. The general convention is that the protection dog will walk at the handler’s left side.

Helper – See ‘Decoy‘.

Herding Drive – Instinct in a dog to round up other animals.

Hidden Sleeve – A piece of equipment worn under regular clothes to protect the decoy/helper from injury. Mostly used to teach the personal protection dog to be aggressive even when the bad guy is not wearing a big padded suit. This is part of ‘functional protection’ work.


Hidden sleeve, bite work

Here’s a hidden sleeve in action. Notice the bad guy has a regular sweatshirt on so the dog doesn’t focus on the equipment/hidden sleeve. This is dangerous work and should only be done be a crew of professionals. Also notice the hand protector the decoy is wearing.


Hip Dysplasia – Abnormal formation of the hip joints that could cripple your personal protection dog. Dogs are normally sold with a copy of the x-rays confirming normal hip joints. For a complete explanation of the rating system for Dysplasia visit the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

Home Invasion Training – Teaching the personal protection dog how to react in various attacks that could occur in the owner’s home when one or more people are in or around the home during the attack. This can be taught at a training center and should be proofed at the owner’s home.

Home Protection Training – Teaching the personal protection dog how to react during breakins when the owner/handler is not present. This can be taught at a training center and should be proofed at the owner’s home.

Hup – Typical command to tell your dog to jump up on or in to something.

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