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Building through a layered approach

k9 Mar 22, 2022

Two weeks ago, I shared a info on a presentation I did regarding the Art of the Handler in preparation for the K9 Social Summit hosted here at Deepwoods last week.

For this week’s tip, I’d like to share with you that progression happens through a layered approach.

Dogs just like people learn new skills with time and exposure. When a foundational skill becomes proficient, you take that skill and complicate it. Need an example?

One of the most important skills in life is stability. A dog needs to essentially behave when things are calm
as well as when they are chaotic. For the handler, we’ve termed this skill as “critical thinking under stress”.

To start, we place dogs and handlers in a calm environment with no stress, little noise, and few distractions to test their basic obedience levels. From there, we placed them through a series of environments with and without gunfire as a distraction. This tested the dogs’ ability to stay obedient and the...

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Art of the K9 Handler

k9 Mar 08, 2022

In preparation for the upcoming K9 Social Summit hosted by Full Spectrum Warrior and Xena's Pack, I wanted to highlight my talk from the 2018 K9 Cop Conference, "The Art of the K9 Handler."

 One of the huge takeaways that everyone misses when they see incredible dogs at work, be it in a home protection scenario, skydiving, or apprehending bad guys, is that the dogs success is directly impacted by the handler's ability and leadership. Just as a sniper is still a sniper even though he's shooting a different weapon, a good handler is still a handler no matter which dog is in his care.

Now if you want to improve your skills as a handler or even as dog owner, come join us March 16th-20th at Deepwoods USA to learn dog deployments, K9 First Aid, tracking, photography, decoying and more. In addition to a wide array of Instructors to learn from, come hang out and participate in the dog obstacle course or pull up a chair and enjoy the food trucks with a like-minded community of dog...

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