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The best source for dog training news, tricks and treats, right from world class leaders in dog training.

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Detection dog training, Controversy?

I have been fielding a few questions about detection dog training in the law enforcement environment. With the amazing growth of civilian nosework, the growing role of security companies in protecting sporting venues, public areas, as well as the need for explosive det4ctor dogs in law enforcement, and military the industry has blossomed. Now, we […]

The age of the self proclaimed expert!

I frequently get contacts from people in the dog world. One type or group of contacts sticks out more than any others. Before I explore this let me explain my place in the big wide world of working dogs. I am a law enforcement canine instructor, judge, certifying official, and teaching judge. In that capacity […]

Not training on Marijuana?? Here’s some bumps in that road!

So, the newest worry law enforcement has in regards to K-9 applications is the expanding number of states that have decriminalized or legalized marijuana. Now, here is my political stance on this….it is all about money, money, and more money. It defies the public efforts in regards to intoxicated driving, workplace safety, and health. But, […]

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 […]

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