The Tampa area Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)

METRO Protective Canine Program

Since 9/11, the demand for service protection and detection canine teams are increasingly in demand. History has proven that a well trained canine/handler team is one of the most versatile and reliable means of detection and deterrence. Because of the significant amount of time, expense and expertise required to train, canine detection team availability can be very limited. For the same reasons law enforcement teams are limited plus, they restrict their use considerably. METRO Protective Services offers canine/handler teams to private persons and industries in situations where law enforcement will not, and we do it at reasonable cost.

Our detection dogs are first carefully selected for good temperament, agility and ability, trained in obedience, then introduced to detection. All dogs are CGC certified through the American Kennel Club (AKC). Select dogs hold certifications/titles in DVG or WDA.

Crime deterrence is more important today than ever. Alarms only alert us after the crime has been committed and can sometimes be easily defeated. A barking dog will alert before the perpetrator even gets close forcing the criminal to retreat. Our property protection dogs are ideal for businesses with large exterior fenced lots or compounds, warehouses or anywhere alarms or security is difficult to cover. We also can provide Security Dog signs to add an additional warning to would be intruders.

Personal protection dogs work much the same way as property protection dogs except the training is geared to protecting the handler. Dogs can be cross trained for property and personal protection depending on your needs.

Since our expertise is in the training and handling of working dogs, and due to the general physical ability, agility and temperament required for the services we provide, we only use and train large working dog breeds such as German Shepherds, Rotwielders, Dobermans etc.

As a public service to our surrounding community, at the request of an official agency or private person(s), we make our dogs that are trained in tracking available at no charge for assistance in locating lost children, elderly or disoriented adults. We also hold certifications from the Florida Regional Community Policing Institute for disaster animal rescue.

Explosive Detection

Visible and Audible Deterent


Personal Protection

Property/Area Protection

Basic Training
Florida Regional Community Policing Institute (RCPI)
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
The Working Dog Association (WDA)
American Kennel Club (AKC)

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