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The Importance of Working Dog Breeds and Their Roles

The Importance of Working Dog Breeds and Their Roles

  For centuries, dogs have been man’s favorite companion in various activities. Today, dogs have been trained to perform different tasks, making them valuable assets in different industries. Working dog breeds, in particular, have become very important, and they...

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The Importance of K9 Supervisor Training

The Importance of K9 Supervisor Training

As a police K9 supervisor, you understand the importance of effectively managing a K9 unit. Ensuring your K9 team has the right tools to perform their duties effectively takes time, effort, and resources. With the right tools, you can ensure your K9 unit is operating...

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Basic Obedience for Working Dogs – Advancing the Place Command

Basic Obedience for Working Dogs – Advancing the Place Command

Obedience is the foundation of all training for working dogs. For service dogs in particular, place is a very important command. In our previous video, we began teaching future service dog K9 Cappy the place command. We are now advancing his place command by lengthening the duration of his down & moving the placement. As […]

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Basic Obedience for Working Dogs – Teaching The Place Command

Basic Obedience for Working Dogs – Teaching The Place Command

The “place” command can be a very useful with working dogs for many different reasons. It teaches your dog that it does not have to be right beside you at all times & to relax in a given spot. In this specific scenario, K9 Cappy is training to be a service dog so the place […]

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Conditioning your Working Dog for Gunfire Neutrality

Conditioning your Working Dog for Gunfire Neutrality

There are many reasons that gunfire neutrality is important for working k9s. These including safety of the dog, handler or anyone else in the area. Gunfire neutrality means that the dog does not pay attention to the gunfire at all. The dog should pay attention to the handler and the job they are performing while […]

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K9 Tracking – The Working Dog’s Final Response during Article Searches

K9 Tracking – The Working Dog’s Final Response during Article Searches

As with any type of working dog training we start by teaching the K9 the job we want them to perform. Once the dog understands what we want them to do, we fine tune the final response we expect from them. In the introduction to article searches, we initially starting paying the dog for simply […]

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K9 Tracking – Introducing Your Working Dog to Article Searches

K9 Tracking – Introducing Your Working Dog to Article Searches

Tracking is great building block to several other things your working dog may train for including article searches. If your dog doesn’t know how to track, check out our posts on puppy tracks and also concentration tracks before beginning article searches. Once the dog has the basics of tracking, we are going to introduce them […]

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K9 Tracking – Decreasing Odor in Concentration Tracks

K9 Tracking – Decreasing Odor in Concentration Tracks

As our working dogs gain understanding as to what we want from them, we increase the difficulty in the track. Adding turns and decreasing odor are just a few of the ways to make our concentration tracks more difficult. In this session, the dog has already been introduced to turns and we have lessened the […]

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K9 Tracking – Increasing Difficulty in Concentration Tracks

K9 Tracking – Increasing Difficulty in Concentration Tracks

In tracking or scent work, we expect the dog to rely on their nose and not their vision. In some cases, we have to teach the dog to actively sniff and not just drive forward. As we progress with concentration tracks we will increase the difficulty by adding turns and decreasing the scent. This will […]

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K9 Tracking – Teaching the Scent Picture with Concentration Tracks

K9 Tracking – Teaching the Scent Picture with Concentration Tracks

There are several steps in teaching a working dog to track. In previous videos we introduced a dog to tracking with puppy tracks. The next step is to move the dog to concentration tracks. Concentration tracks are tracks with a lot of odor that will teach the dog their scent picture. In this phase it […]

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The Importance of Testing the Functionality of K9 Teams – Part 2

The Importance of Testing the Functionality of K9 Teams – Part 2

To be the best k9 team that we can be, we have to continuously train and this means assessing our weaknesses so that we can work through them. It is important to work with your dog, but also test the functionality of both you and your dog working together as a team. We set up […]

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The Importance of Testing the Functionality of K9 Teams – Part 1

The Importance of Testing the Functionality of K9 Teams – Part 1

As a k9 team, we are only as good as the amount of work that we put in. For this reason, no matter if you are a newer team or seasoned veterans it is important to never stop training. To continuously progress in our training, we test the functionality of our teams working together through […]

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Debunking Common Working Dog Myths

Debunking Common Working Dog Myths Working dogs have long been invaluable partners in various fields—from herding livestock to aiding law enforcement. However, several misconceptions about these animals persist, often leading to misunderstandings in training and care....

Security Dog Protocols

Security Dog Protocols for Detection, Tracking, or Patrol Contracts In the world of security, working dogs stand as invaluable assets. Whether for detection, tracking, or patrol, these highly trained canines deliver exceptional results. However, to ensure their...

Building Advanced Obedience in Working K9s

Building Advanced Obedience in Working K9s Your canine partner isn’t just a pet; they are a crucial asset in critical operations. While basic obedience forms the foundation, advancing your dog's obedience skills can significantly enhance their effectiveness and...

Extending Your Working Dog’s Search: Techniques for K9 Units and Handlers

Extending Your Working Dog's Search: Techniques for K9 Units and Handlers Working dogs, whether in Police K9 units or MWD Teams, are indispensable assets in the detection of explosives and narcotics. These highly trained canines can locate hidden threats and...

Custom Canine Unlimited at the 2024 Army MWD Symposium: Pioneering Excellence in Military Working Dog Training

Custom Canine Unlimited at the 2024 Army MWD Symposium: Pioneering Excellence in Military Working Dog Training In the dynamic field of modern warfare, we at Custom Canine Unlimited (CCU) understand the unchanged significance of Military Working Dogs (MWDs). It was our...

Introducing Distractions in Detection K9 Training

Introducing Distractions in Detection K9 Training In the realm of detection dog training, the ability of a canine to perform its duties amidst distractions is as crucial as its skill in identifying the target scent. The methodology behind introducing distractions...

Mastering Article Searches with Your Working Dog

Mastering Article Searches with Your Working Dog In the sphere of law enforcement and security, the efficacy of a working dog's performance in article searches can significantly impact operational outcomes. Article searches, involving identifying and retrieving...

Good Working Dogs: Breaking Down Breeds, Strengths, and More

Good Working Dog Breeds: Breaking Down Their Characteristics Working dogs have been by our side for centuries, aiding in tasks ranging from herding livestock to providing essential services like search and rescue. Among the myriad breeds skilled in work, four stand...

Custom Canine Unlimited Broadens Horizons with K9 Contracting Services Expansion

Custom Canine Unlimited Broadens Horizons with K9 Contracting Services Expansion Custom Canine Unlimited (CCU), a leader in canine handler training, is thrilled to announce an exciting expansion to our K9 Contracting Services. This leap forward not only magnifies our...

The Pinnacle of Security: Canine Contracting Services by Custom Canine Unlimited

The Pinnacle of Security: Canine Contracting Services by Custom Canine Unlimited In the dynamic field of security, adaptation and innovation are not just advantageous – they're essential. Custom Canine Unlimited understands this imperative and offers a robust solution...

Custom Canine Unlimited Takes on the Army’s MWD Symposium 2024

Custom Canine Unlimited Takes on the Army's MWD Symposium 2024 Prepare to witness cutting-edge K9 training as Custom Canine Unlimited gears up for the prestigious US Army's MWD (Military Working Dog) Symposium in Alpena, Michigan. From May 11th to the 17th, 2024, the...

5 Ways to Extend Your Working Dog’s Career

5 Ways to Extend Your Working Dog's Career Like their human counterparts, working canines need proper care and attention to maintain their performance and well-being. In this post, we will discuss five key strategies that you, as a handler, can implement to ensure...