Short Set: Your K9 CAN do better! All about Bite Development in your Patrol Dog!

Short Set: Your K9 CAN do better! All about Bite Development in your Patrol Dog!
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He’s more focused on outing and when he’s dagging and tell me that out or when he’s going to make me out versus being focused on his task. So in his head is kind of reversed. The bite is a function, but it’s more geared towards getting ready for the out. So we want to kind of rebuild that thought process too in his head that my full engagement needs to be here and I need to be fully focused on the fight per se.

and the bite, you know, fully engaged in that. And then the out may come. So we want to deteriorate the out a little bit in order to focus on the dog being more keen and more focused on the engagement and the fight with the ball. Yeah, because when I left here the last time, I said one thing I did when I went back, I stopped outing him. Like Simon said, this gives his dog a little dirty because.

When he was younger, somebody told me I had too much control measures on him already. Um, but so I started just choking him off. I just walk up and choke him off. And another thing that was a bad habit I did when he was young, um, was when we’d send him, I’d be like maybe 10 feet coming behind him. So as he, soon as he hits the decoy and he’s maybe hanging on there for about 20 seconds, I’m already there looking to get him off.

And that’s where it becomes the out drill versus building that solid, that solid bike and engagement. A lot of people say, well, you kill drive with, uh, with control and obedience. I don’t believe that. I believe that you focus a dog more with control, but the dog has to clearly understand the task for me. So if the task is to engage that task needs to be crystal clear and how he does it. And he has to do it a certain way.

then we begin to build the control in there and integrated. But when the dog is not clear, and then we’re also putting control on him, he never gets to fully release it and fully commit to what he’s doing because he’s expecting now to come off the bike. And that has been the focus in the control. So what we’re thinking is kind of deteriorate that a bit. And even if you come up to put your hands out on them and then let them win.

He fights a little bit, boom, and then he’s like, oh boy. So then we start to feel that desire to continue to be engaged. I don’t think it’ll hurt you in the long run to then implement the out back into it. But I think at this point, I think some of that can be a little bit of a hindrance as well. So instead of completely taking him off, as soon as he comes off, put him right back. Yeah, so you’re gonna get on the collar.

And then, ah, and then let him re-engage, praise him up. And depending on how he reacts, we may have someone with that pressure already. Um, that way, that way, if he does let go, he loses everything. But at the same time, if he starts to back out, then you can reinforce the re-engagement to get a deeper full of it. Like, cause he came off really easy when he was like, he popped right off.

But he’s expecting to come off versus expecting to engage and stay on. He’s looking around like, OK, when’s daddy going to get me off this bike? I was really bad when I was here for school. Yeah. Yeah. Because you up there. I see that walk up, you see his eyes transition to me. And he’s just looking at me as I’m coming up. So a lot of people will say, well, what you’re doing is wrong or this. That’s not what we’re saying. We’re saying they. OK. You may have done some things that were counterproductive to what you.

want now. So remember, experience also will teach you things right? When I was with my first dog or first handler, first dog I trained is vastly different than the dog I’m training now, right? Because I learned and I got experience. But because it’s conditioned, we can recondition it another way, right? We just got to now figure out how to recondition that. So what you did was not wrong or the mistakes you made were necessary because you were

acting to your capabilities or your knowledge base or someone else’s knowledge base. But now as you learn more and as you do more with him, then you learn and he learns different methodologies, different ways of thinking and pros and cons to both. Well, the problem with that is this, you know, and I wouldn’t know that unless I seen that in the past or I experienced other things. That’s why I asked you like, what was the background? Was it sport based? Because in the only reason why I asked that because that’s

pretty for the sport because you’re going to get points for coming off clean and all this other stuff. But in the real world, it’s not necessarily because you have people running up or as a family dog and he has to engage in that bracing to your home. And chaos happens, he’s gonna be looking around like, shoot, what’s going on? So we wanna train past that, think about a training plan. You break it down to what do we really want to accomplish?

And my vision of what I want to accomplish with a dog may be different than yours. But I’m not working for myself. I’m working for you as an example, right? Cause you’re the client. So you tell me what’s good. I hate when a trainer goes, Oh, that’s crap. You shouldn’t do that. But they never asked a person why, why are you doing that? Is that what you want in your dog? Because if that’s what you want, that’s perfect. And the dog’s accomplishing the goal that you want is the handler or the client or the trainer. It’s not my illusion.

There’s certain things I won’t do because of my experience, but we need to ask questions and go, okay, is that what you want? Okay, well then let’s make that the best we can because that’s what you want. And that’s your vision with that particular dog. So I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think it’s just something that, okay, now I want this and this is why I want that. All right, well let’s push it. I once told me, if you want to be stupid, go learn how to be stupid. If you want to do wheelies, go to a wheelie school.

I wanted to do dog shit, so I started going to dog schools, dog courses to learn more. I want to come out here just a week with Simon and seeing his perspective of how he sees him. Yeah, I started seeing more there, too. So I see just little things. Was he never even said anything? He’s like, hey, was he on a table before? I was like, he’s been on the table just by certain things that he saw. And it started to build. I said, all right, I see.

I don’t want to say mistakes, but I mean, what kind of mistakes that I made. Well, that’s also in the experience as a trainer. It’s important that we understand different philosophies in training, different styles in training. Cause again, when he sees those things, I don’t want to read, I don’t want to deteriorate all that. I want to take what you already know and make it better. Percent. Right. Like BASF. I don’t make what you do new or different. I make it what you do better.

And so we don’t want to reinvent the wheel because totally getting rid of everything is not good either. So we want to take what he knows and then build on that. And that’s also important for us to kind of assess that and go, okay, why are we seeing that? Where did that come from? And then how can we make that and transition it to something else? Um, and then, you know, again, just, just having that, um, I, I see a lot of trainers that will.

go, well, that’s wrong, or that’s wrong, that’s wrong. And we got to be cognizant of that. Because that’s also not right to do that. Because I think every experience is a good experience in some form or fashion, even if it’s bad. We learn something from it, right? So let’s just be cognizant of that, take what he knows, and then build upon it to make it something that we want.


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