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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...

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Working Dog Tracking Basics – Controlling your Dog’s Drive

In the beginning of training a dog to track we start with a lot of stimulation. As the dog learns what we are wanting them to do or for higher drive dogs, this stimulation may become too much. As trainers or handlers we have to know when the dog needs the stimulation to put them […]

Working Dog Tracking Basics – How to Introduce Your Dog to Tracking

In training a dog to track, we start with puppy tracks or fundamental tracks. These are short, easy tracks with a lot of odor and stimulation to make the dog want to find their reward at the end of the track. For these tracks, start by enticing the dog with the toy they will be […]

Working Dog Trainer & Handler Presence – How Your Dog Responds Starts with You

Whether it’s during training or in the real world how a working dog reacts to you starts with your presence. If you have a calm, confident presence the dog is more likely to respond in the way that you want. As trainers or handlers there are many aspects of our presence that we have to […]

K9 Detection Training – How Your Line Work Sets Your Dog Up For Success

In K9 detection or nose work training, the goal for the handler or trainer is to have as minimal influence on the dog as possible. We want the dogs to be confident and independent so that they do not need us at all to locate the odor and source. To reach this level of independence […]

K9 Detection Training – Imprinting a Green Dog

When training a dog for any kind of detection or nose work it is important to make sure the dog understands how to work the odor. We want the dog to hunt and rely on their nose or olfactory system, not eyesight alone. In this stage of the imprinting process we have already started to […]

Working Dog Obedience – How to Extend Your Dog’s Recall

Can you recall your dog in an instant if you needed to? Recall is so important not only for working dogs but for any dog. It is important for your dog’s safety and the safety of others. We start recall by having the handler bring the dog out to a decoy in the distance. We […]

K9 Bite Work Basics – Transitioning from a Puppy Sleeve to a Jacket

In training a dog for bite work there are different phases of training that we move through to build the dog’s bite, drive and intensity. In the session we are transitioning a six month old puppy from a puppy sleeve to a bite suit jacket. We are looking for the dog to continuously stay engaged […]

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K9 Detection and Scent Work – Building Interior Patterns

K9 Detection and Scent Work – Building Interior Patterns

In K9 detection and scent work it is easier for the handler to flow more fluidly with the dog and also be confident that the dog has covered all areas, if the dog runs a specific pattern when searching. This will also help the handler know where they need to search in a more detailed […]

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K9 Detection and Scent Work – Introducing Distractions

K9 Detection and Scent Work – Introducing Distractions

As with any type of working dog, we want to make sure that our dog can perform the task during any circumstances. It is important to introduce distractions during training to make sure that our dogs are ready for any situation they may encounter in the real world. In this session we are introducing the […]

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Working Dog Bite Work Basics – First Time Decoy

Working Dog Bite Work Basics – First Time Decoy

There is a lot that goes into being a working dog decoy and especially as a beginner. A new decoy may go through a wide range of different emotions including anxiety, excitement, and fear. All of these are normal emotions that a decoy has to work through in order to effectively train and work the […]

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Working Dog Decoying Basics – Timing and Presentation

Working Dog Decoying Basics – Timing and Presentation

When training a working dog in bite work the decoy has one of the most important roles. How the decoy acts or reacts to the dog in each step of the process will determine what type of reaction and engagement the dog gives. The initial agitation and response to the dog will help initiate the […]

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Working Dog Bite Work – Transitioning a Green Dog from a Sleeve to a Suit

Working Dog Bite Work – Transitioning a Green Dog from a Sleeve to a Suit

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Working Dog Bite Work – Introducing Defense and Building Prey Drive

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. […]

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Basic Obedience for Working Dogs – Teach Your Dog to Down

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 training these are only a few of the ways to achieve the […]

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Basic Obedience for Working Dogs – Teach Your Dog to Heel

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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