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Obedience test for guard and security dogs

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Dogs serving in guard and security duties must pass an obedience test in a specified form. The required performances have been specified in the annex to the Ministry of the Interior decree (782/2002). The test is accepted by the Police University Colleg e/ Police Dog Training Centre staff.

The obedience test of a dog trained to guard duties consists of four parts: approachability, manageability, protection and alerting to human presence. The obedience test of a dog trained to security duties consists of three parts: approachability, manageability and defending the handler.

Do the following

Registration to the test in advance using the form available at

To whom and on what terms

The handler of the dog participating in the test must have a valid security guard or security steward license.

A fee is charged for the service.

Obedience test associated with guard duties EUR 150

Obedience test associated with security duties EUR 120

Re-taking any part of an obedience test EUR 50


Guards and security stewards are allowed to have a dog meeting the prescribed requirements accompany them while performing guard duties for two years from the date of acceptance.

Processing time

One workday.

Period of validity

An accepted test remains valid for two years from the date of acceptance.

Basic information

The service is provided byPolice University College
Responsible for the servicePolice University College
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, English, Swedish, German
Text edited by: Police University College
Updated: 18/5/2020