I went to my first Schutzhund seminar in October 1974. I was instantly hooked on protection dog training. During the next 10 years I went to every seminar I could find in this country on training protection dogs, Schutzhund dogs, and police service dogs.
In 1983 I produced my first bite training video titled "Protection Training the Beginning with Bernhard Mannel." In the 13 years that followed I learned so much more about protection training that I was forced to update that old video and pass this new information on to my customers. This is being done through this new training tape "The First Steps of Bite Training."
Protection training is extremely complex if done properly. If the foundation for protection work is not 100% correct it is only a matter of time before a dog and handler run into problems. From the beginning, my goal for this video was to explain the protection training process in a way that even a person with very little dog training experience could understand. I have accomplished my goal with this tape.
In the video I explain the drives of protection training in detail. We see how these drives are effected by the dogs nerves. You will learn how to identify individual drive thresholds on your dog and then how to use that information to develop a step by step training program tailored for a young dog. Because each dog has different drive levels and every dog has different nerve levels, we cannot train any 2 dogs the same way. This tape helps the viewer identify the needs of his dog and then develop a program tailored to that dog.
In protection training it is always best to use a helper, unfortunately many people don't have access to good helpers. This tape details exactly what a handler can do with his own dog in protection training. It also defines the exact spot in training where the handler must quit the work and go to a helper. So the video answers the question "How much can I do to train my own dog in bite work?"
It's always best to train young dogs by using the old experienced helpers, although that's not always possible. This tape is designed to train a new helper on how to work young dogs.
The major training categories for the video are:
- Drives and Drive thresholds
- How nerves effect drive thresholds
- How to organize a training session
- Equipment and German Commands for training
- The role of the Handler in bite work
- The role of the helper in protection training
- Setting the Prey Drive in young dogs
- The first bite on a sleeve
- Developing a calm firm grip
- Recognizing and training the COUNTER
- Contesting the Prey
- Training the carry
- Taking PREY away from the dog with the OUT
- Teach the dog to pursue and target his bite off leash
- Set up a sample training session using the basic skills we have learned
- What can be done with dogs that lack prey drive
This tape is 2 full hours of great information (not 50 minutes like our competitors videos). You get twice as much for your money. I wish I had a video like this 20 years ago when I first got involved with this work. I can think of a number of great dogs that I have owned over the years that would have benefited from this training.
For the past 8 or 9 years I have wanted to redo“Protection Training the Beginning”. When I look at my old outlines from 5 years ago, I shake my head. This video has a number of important training steps that were not on those 5 year old outlines. I honestly believe that this is the best training video on the market to teach people how to train a dog in "bite development.
If you want to get a feel for the quality of this tape, go to the article section on my web page. There are three training articles in the list that came directly from this video. These articles deal with drives and how they effect temperament. They don't deal with the training steps that are covered in the video.
This video is the beginning of bite development in protection work. Every dog that is going to be a police service dog, a sport dog (Schutzhund or Ring Sport ,etc.), or Personal Protection dog must go through bite development.
Other Leerburg Videos We Recommend
If your goal is to compete in the sport of Schutzhund, or if you would like to raise a police service dog or personal protection dog that works in high drive I would strongly recommend that you consider purchasing the videos I have done with Bernhard Flinks. The first in this series is Training Drive and Focus with Bernhard Flinks. Read the description of this tape on my web site. I cannot stress the value of the training information in this tape enough. Bernhard has been a police K9 handler for 25 years and a top competitor in the world of Schutzhund. He stresses building a bond (through training) with your dog and to work your dog in high drive at all times. This tape shows exactly how to do this.
It's only after bite development is finished and a dog is entering maturity that it can be introduced to "defensive training". The difference between "bite development" and "defensive training" is that the dog learns the technique of biting in bite development. This is all done through his prey drive. Prey bite work is not stressful on the dog.
Once the dog learns how to bite then it needs to learn to "FIGHT AND BE AGGRESSIVE." It learns this in "defensive work." My video titled The First Steps of Defense teaches people how to start the defensive training on their dogs. I often hear people say "I have trained my dog to bite and he does it really well but he will not bark at the door or at strangers." This is because the trainer has not taken his dog through any defensive training.
Dogs can not go through defensive training until they have gone through bite development. We teach them to relax in prey drive in bite development. Once they have learned this, we use the prey drive biting to relieve the stress that we will put on the dog in the defensive work. If a dog does not have prey drive bite work to fall back on in defensive work, he will become neurotic because he does not have a relief valve to get rid of stress.
So, if you are just getting into the bite training, do not make the mistake of thinking that you can skip bite development and jump right into defensive work. It can not be done if you want to maintain the mental health of your dog and if you want to have a social dog that people can be around without fear.
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