The Paladin Difference

What is the Paladin difference? We could expound on the fact that we provide the finest dogs in North America and Europe, and that we spend more time with our dogs than anyone else in the industry, which provides a higher caliber of dog for your investment. But we think Paladin has other qualities that make us uniquely different.

Paladin K9 differentiates from other trained protection dog sellers by our training, service, attention to detail, follow-up, and availability.


It does not matter what a dog has done or can do on a training field. Nor does it matter what a dog can do for a trainer. What does matter is what the dog will do for you and how functional and integrated the training is in your home and everyday life. The unique techniques used in our specialized training programs make the difference.


The level of service we provide is second to none. Our service begins with the quest to understand your specific needs, lifestyle and personal preferences to provide the best animal and experience for your unique circumstances.

Attention to Detail

After we get to know you and your specific needs, Paladin Executive Protection Dogs can begin to customize specific training so that your dog is a joy from day one. Paladin K9 wants to make sure your dog quickly becomes a trusted and loved member of your family.

Follow Up

Before delivery of your trained protection dog from Paladin K9, we revaccinate each dog, provide a complete and thorough grooming, help you to select the ideal dog food and supplies, and outline an acclimation program specific to your dog, your lifestyle and your household. We find that just as important as all of this is following up to ensure everything is working out as planned. Once we surrender the dog to your control, you become part of the Paladin family. We follow up with you to make sure your expectations are being met. We want to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your Paladin Executive Protection Dog.

Kennel & Boarding

Paladin K9’s sister company is Dogs By Andy Kennel & Training Center. Dogs By Andy offers basic obedience training for any dog. Through Dogs By Andy, we can offer to board your dog for you, as well as offer “brush up” training while we board your dog. Be sure to ask us about our kennel and boarding services if you need a place to board your dog.

Meet Our Owners

Andy Hanellin

Andy Hanellin

Training Coordinator

Andy is a professional certified dog trainer. He has been training dogs for protection and detection for over 35 years. He is recognized as a qualified instructor by the AKC and is also a certified expert in K-9 Law and has been an expert witness in many court cases. Andy and Matt founded Paladin Executive Protection Dogs in 2014. Andy owns and operates Dogs By Andy Kennel & Training Center.
Matt Myers

Matt Myers

Public Relations and Marketing

Matt has been working with Andy since 2005. In 2014, they founded Paladin Executive Protection Dogs. He brings his extensive background of over 25 years of marketing skills and knowledge to the team. Matt is trained in Search & Detection work. He coordinates our public events and handles the day-to-day details while the trainers are busy in the field working with dogs.

Master Dog Trainer Andy Hanellin

My Background

Now, let me tell you a little about me and my history as a protection dog trainer.

It started with a home invasion…

When I was a young man in my 20s, I became the victim of a home invasion. A robber broke into my home and, filled with fear, I felt violated. I decided at that moment I would never be in that situation again. Nor, would I ever allow any member of my family to have to experience such a horrible event. I immediately began a new career as a dog trainer with a goal of providing both individuals and families a means of constant protection.

Thirty years later…

I am now a nationally recognized Master Dog Trainer, a qualified AKC instructor, a certified expert in K-9 law, and a qualified expert witness for canine-related court cases. I come with a personal pedigree in protection dog training, narcotics and explosive detection dog training, and training my client’s own dogs in off-leash obedience. Over the years, I have provided protection dogs for NFL players and their families, NASCAR drivers / team members and their families, executives, celebrities, and individuals just like you. I have appeared on national television as an expert guest on IT’S ME OR THE DOG.

Finding the perfect dog for you…

I’m simply conveying that my expertise is pairing the right dog with the right person or family, regardless of social status or need for privacy. I will find the perfect dog for you, your family, your children and your lifestyle. One thing I emphasize with all potential clients is that you are not purchasing a dog to protect your family, you are acquiring a new member of your family. Your dog will be a functioning member of your family that travels with you, stays with you, watches out for you, and loves you and your family members unconditionally.

Once we meet and I get to know you and your family’s needs for protection dog, I will be able to pair you with the perfect new canine family member.

If I may answer any questions, or be of service in any way, please feel free to contact me right away.


Andy Hanellin

Master Dog Trainer

Purchase a Dog from Paladin Executive Protection Dogs

Paladin K9 offers the finest and most reliable protection trained dogs in the marketplace. We have pups available to train for you locally or we can locate the perfect dog for you and your family. Paladin K9 has a wide network of breeders in the United States and Europe which allows us to find the best dog to fit your specific needs.