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Q. My K-9 will not out the reward (rolled up towel) after a positive alert for narcotics. Please help!
Hi, my name is Tracy. I am a new police K-9 handler. I have a great german shepherd, who is doing an outstanding job in narcotics, tracking and bite work. I have run into a small problem and I really need some help. The only problem I have is that my K-9 will not out the reward (rolled up towel) after a positive alert for narcotics. It has become a real problem. I really need some direction to get him to give up the towel upon command. I don't understand why he will not out when working narcotics, but will out on command when he is on the sleeve. Please help!!!!!!!

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Tracy

A. Tracy,

The “OUT” in bite work is 100% a pack structure issue as it relates to rank.

There are a couple of approaches you can try here. The easiest is to offer to trade the dog with a really good food treat. This often times will not work or it could be a temporary fix. But with that said – it does work with some dogs.

If that doesn’t work then you have to use a remote collar. The key to this is for you to learn how to train with low level stimulation. I did a training DVD on this on my web site. REMOTE COLLAR TRAINING FOR THE PET OWNERDOGTRA 1900 on my personal dog.
  
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