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Posts in Dog Sports

The case for compulsion in K-9 training/deployment

As often comes along, the discussion about the use of positive reinforcement training only in the working dog community rages. Interestingly, I find that among LE instructors we are pretty damned good at teaching dogs new behaviors such as detection and tracking, and bite work. It is part and parcel of the LE K-9 instructors […]

Dogs Don’t Smell Pizza

Everyone knows that dogs have a superior sense of smell, but what most people don’t understand is that dogs don’t smell like humans smell. That’s what this article is about. I am writing to help trainers who are just getting started in new dog sports that AKC, CKC, UKC and the Nosework organizations have started. […]

Should I buy a PUPPY for personal protection?

Over the past 25 plus years, I have been asked about my ideas of buying a puppy to raise as a personal protection training. See the most recent email below. I have written articles in the past on why I felt this is not a good idea. Then I started to think about all my […]

Introducing the Hold Exercise in the Retrieve – Part 1

In nearly every dog sport discipline involving obedience the retrieve is a necessary component of the routine, and in many cases highly weighted in the overall score. As with every exercise, a solid foundation is key to developing fast and accurate retrieves. Just as important is the dog’s ability to display a quiet “hold” of […]

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