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Posts in Police and Military K9

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 […]

What makes a POLICE dog instructor, what should you expect from a bona fide instructor?

      I have been addressing    the above issues for the last few years. Now I really do not want to create a rift by bitching about people with zero police experiences training police dogs. But, they need to stay in their lane! In law enforcement there is a pretty classic view of […]

The Difference Between a “Trial Decoy” and a “Training Decoy” in Biting Dog Sports or Police Service Work

I have been around biting dog sports since 1974 and police service dog training since 1978 and over the years I have seen the evolution of protection dog training in America. Schutzhund (now known as IPO) came to the states with a European named Gernot Riedel back in the late 1950’s.   What became pretty […]

Police K9 Decoy Work and New Course

Ed and I have just completed putting together a course to help people who are new to the whole idea of decoying for law enforcement dogs. It addresses the needs of a departmental decoy. In many departments, there simply is no training and limited resources for K-9 handlers to tap into in regards to training […]

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