A San Francisco company, FORGED K9, claims to be the nation’s first provider of guard dogs for the security of marjuana.
“We recognized a huge gap in the security that was currently being offered to the cannabis industry and launched Forged K9 to fill those gaps,” said Ray Murphy owner of Forged K9. Ray and, his wife Bridget, are also the owners of Koru K9 in San Francisco, the Bay Area’s leading pet dog training and rehabilitation company.
“The typical security setup is either an armed guard, camera system, or combination thereof. There have been incidents where delivery people have been robbed at gunpoint, growers have been broken into, and crops or products stolen,” Ray continues. “Just look at the numbers of premium outdoor-grown cannabis — $1,600 to $2,100 per pound wholesale and double that amount on the retail market.
Large scale grows can be prime targets for criminals. The mere presence of a canine is a strong deterrent. Even if the assailant does decide break in, they aren’t getting too far with or with that much.
There are no kennels full of dogs waiting to be purchased. Every dog is hand selected based on the client’s unique and specific security needs and goals. Forged K9 dogs are sourced domestically, and from Europe, from well-known, highly reputable breeders of German Shepherd Dogs and Belgian Malinois. Forged K9 employs trainers that have an unparalleled level of experience and expertise. From the training and rehabilitation of aggression in pet dogs, high-level protection work, military / LEO (both domestic and foreign), detection training, and private security company canine training.
Clients who choose to use Forged K9 services receive an intensive 5-day handler’s course, which covers how to integrate the new dog into their home and/or business, safety protocols, and how/when to deploy the dog.
The addition of a protection dog to a cannabis business security plan offers a distinct advantage. A protection dog cannot be used against you unlike a firearm or bypassed like an alarm system. Forged K9 security dogs eliminate the element of human error. This investment offers business owners peace of mind throughout the life of the dog and is a cost effective way to augment any security plan. Protection Dogs are also considered less than lethal force, negating the liability that happens when dealing with firearms in the cannabis industry.