Today's video is a small portion of Michael Ellis' clinic on Decoy or Helper Training at his school for dog trainer's in California.
This short lecture is about preventing face bites and hand bites on the decoy during protection work.
While getting bit in the face or hand is not a common thing in protection training dogs, whether for police service work or one of the biting dog sports, it does occassionally happen. When it happens, it's almost exclusively the result of the decoy making a mistake.
Michael explains some of the mistakes in this video. If you or your police department has an interest in learning to be a decoy, I would strongly suggest Michael's decoy clinic.
Next year, Micheal and I plan on producing a few decoy training DVDs that will compliment this clinic.
This was an exceptionally well put-together video that has associations for non-bitework trainers and handlers. A lot of owners will tell professionals that their dog "suddenly" or "unexpectedly" bit them or a family member. The reality is that dogs always send out signs before an incident. Individuals that have not learned to recognize them will not understand that their dog is effectively telling them "I asked you to stop, and you won't, so here's something to get your attention". This is something that Micheal lays out effectively and clearly in this video.
Written on October 14, 2013
Michael outlines the reasons why a dog would target face and hands and how to avoid them. He really understands how dogs think about bite work.
Written on December 31, 1969
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