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Working Dog Bite Work – Introducing Defense and Building Prey Drive

When training a working dog in bite work, how the dog develops and grows falls not only on the handler but also on the decoy.  It is the responsibility of the decoy to be able to read the dog’s behavior and know what they need to grow and progress to the next phases of training. […]

Basic Obedience for Working Dogs – Teach Your Dog to Down

In the last session of our basic obedience series we are teaching the "down" command using several different techniques.  If your dogs still needs to learn to heel or sit, please see our previous basic obedience videos.  Also, as with any other dog...

Basic Obedience for Working Dogs – Adding Sit to Your Heel

Basic obedience is the foundation for all other dog training. In this session we are adding the sit command to the basic heel that the dog already knows.  The dog knows that when we step off with our left foot that he is supposed to follow in the...

Basic Obedience for Working Dogs – Teach Your Dog to Heel

All dog training is built on the basics and perfecting the basics.  Advanced, off leash obedience is simply perfecting basic obedience. We start every training session by making sure that the dog has the correct equipment and that it is fitted properly.  When we teach something new the dog may try to back out of […]

Basic Obedience for Working Dogs – Building a Solid Base to Grow On

Especially with working dogs, we begin shaping what our dogs will become from the very beginning of training.  With successive approximation we can shape each small step that we teach the dog, building on each step as we go. With basic obedience we are laying the foundation for our dogs to grow on with anything else […]

K9 Detection and Scent Work – Building Clarity and Engagement in the Dog

With any type of dog training it is important for the dog to be clear on what you are wanting them to do.  For this specific session we have a dog that is training in detection, sometimes called scent work, and needs a little clarity in exactly what his job is.  With any dog or […]

Fine Tuning Bite Work – Using an E-Collar to Gain Distance on Verbal Commands with your Dog

At CCU we never use an e-collar to teach a dog new behaviors.  We use e-collars or remote trainers to fine tune dogs that already know the trained behaviors that we want.  In this scenario we are using an e-collar to achieve distance on a dog that already knows exactly what to do. The dog […]

K9 Tracking – Drawing your Dog into Odor and Reading Your Dog

When teaching your working dog to track, first you have to teach them the odor that they are looking for.  After they learn the odor with puppy tracks, we use concentrated tracks to draw the dog’s head down into the odor they’re looking for.  We start easy for both the dog and the handler then […]

Bite Work Basics – Learn to be a Working Dog Decoy with a Hidden Sleeve

When learning to decoy for bite work with a working dog it is very important to learn to use the equipment correctly.  Getting the right fit, positioning and presentation can make all the difference and ensure the safety of both the dog and the decoy. There are many different kinds of hidden sleeves.  When fitting […]

Police K9 Detection: Indication vs Alert

One of the most important parts of being a K9 handler is being able to read your dog.  This is especially important in detection, whether that is narcotics, explosives, tracking, etc. The most important part in reading your dog during detection is the indication or the natural response of the dog to a trained odor. […]

Bite Work Basics – Learn to be a Working Dog Decoy using an Intermediate Bite Sleeve

When learning to decoy for bite work with a working dog it is very important to learn to use the equipment correctly.  Getting the proper positioning and presentation can make all the difference and ensure the safety of both the dog and the decoy. With an intermediate sleeve, sometimes called a bite bar or a […]
Police K9 Detection: Indication vs Alert

Police K9 Detection: Indication vs Alert

One of the most important parts of being a K9 handler is being able to read your dog.  This is especially important in detection, whether that is narcotics, explosives, tracking, etc. The most important part in reading your dog during detection is the indication or...

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Working Dog Collars Used in Training

Working Dog Collars Used in Training

There are six types of working dog collars used at Custom Canine Unlimited during training: a leather buckle collar, an agitation collar, a rigid tactical collar, a slip or choke collar and an e-collar. The leather buckle collar is our go to collar when training working dogs.  The metal buckle is important because it does […]

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Working Dog Training Safety: Preventing Bloat and Overheating During Training

Working Dog Training Safety: Preventing Bloat and Overheating During Training

Working Dog Training Safety: How Custom Canine Unlimited’s 10-15 rule prevents bloat and overheating to your dog during training.  Make sure your dog gets the  needed cool-down period, water break and downtime in between training sessions. Bloat or gastric dilatation-volvulus can occur when your dog drinks too much water too quickly causing their stomach to […]

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