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Categories: Training Police Service Dogs

Q. My service dog will not engage the helper in muzzle training?
I am a novice canine handler from a mid-sized police service in Ontario, Canada. I was interested in introducing my dog to muzzle fighting to help increase his fight drive as this was somewhat lacking. I purchased a muzzle, read several training articles, and purchased your training video on muzzle fighting. The introduction period to the muzzle went fine and I began the work in a circle with other canine unit from the area. His initial hits were fairly good, high and more or less in the right position, but not very hard, striking the quarry with his front paws more than the muzzle. To help increase the intensity of the hits I had the quarry use a sleeve and the hits were a lot harder and intense. My problem is now he won?t respond to the quarry with a proper muzzle hit unless the quarry has a sleeve on. He will act in an aggressive manner but seems to be looking for the sleeve. I am asking what I could do to get him back focused on the quarry and stop looking for the sleeve. Thanks in advance.

A. Sounds like the dog is locked up in prey – I wont explain this as I have written elsewhere on this.

It also sounds like your dog needs an EXPERIENCED helper who knows exactly what he is doing to hurt this dog in training so the dog learns that the helper can hurt him. Sometimes this works – sometime it does not.

The dog should be worked by himself – not in a circle with other dogs – that’s old school work.

DO NOT RISK YOUR LIFE BY EXPECTING THIS DOG TO PROTECT YOU – HE WILL NOT BITE A SUSPECT FOR REAL !!!!!!!
  
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