Post Tagged with: "dog training"

  • Natural Laws of a Rally Dog in Motion

    Natural Laws of a Rally Dog in Motion

    Agility, Obedience 04/30/2014 at 5:32 pm

    I’m an instructor of rally performance skills. When I first began teaching rally AKC had just picked up the sport with rules, regulations, qualifying legs and titling opportunities. The classes I offered focused on AKC signs and rules. Then I discovered APDT rally, a venue that permits mixed-heritage dogs and […]

  • Getting in and out of the box.

    Foundation Games in Competition Obedience

    Obedience 04/30/2014 at 4:48 pm

    There are a number of foundation exercises that I teach my dogs. I start teaching these foundation skills as soon as I get my puppy at 7 weeks of age; although you can also teach these to an adult dog. I am going to showcase two of these skills in […]

  • Using Cues and Reinforcement in Dog Training

    Using Cues and Reinforcement in Dog Training

    General Topics 11/28/2013 at 4:42 pm

    Following is an excerpt from the book Thoughtful Owners, Great Dogs by James Akenhead. Obedience training is usually thought of as mastering a series of commands that indicate what behavior we want the dog to do, combined with a release cue that tells the dog when he can stop doing […]

  • E-Collar Basics

    E-Collar Basics

    General Topics, K9 Health 11/14/2013 at 9:11 am

    Electronic is an interesting adjective that Webster’s defines as: 1. of or having to do with electrons; 2.operating, produced, or done by the action of electrons or other carriers of semiconductors, vacuum tubes, etc.; or 3. carried on by or making use of electronic equipment. The word “electronic” conjures up […]

  • K-9 Announcements: Dos and Don’ts

    K-9 Announcements: Dos and Don’ts

    Patrol 10/25/2013 at 8:29 am

    How many of you have experienced this at training during searches: “OK, Officer Jones: bring your dog, give two announcements and send him.” All too often this exact scenario occurs multiple times throughout the day during maintenance training sessions. This is what I like to call the “training mode” mindset. […]

  • Paper Protection

    Paper Protection

    General Topics, Patrol 10/09/2013 at 6:08 pm

    My K-9 instructor consistently repeated, “If it’s not on paper, it didn’t happen.” Being naive, I never truly appreciated this piece of advice until I pulled down my first load of narcotics that went to court. When I apprehended my first load, I had been a handler for about a […]

  • Reading Your Dog

    Reading Your Dog

    Narc & Explosive Detection, Patrol, SAR 10/01/2013 at 1:17 pm

    Have you ever wished your dog could talk? What we do not stop and realize is that our dogs talk to us all the time. They talk to us through the little indicators they give us. As handlers and trainers, it is very important for us to learn our dog’s […]

  • Hard Surface Tracking: One Approach

    Hard Surface Tracking: One Approach

    Narc & Explosive Detection, Patrol, SAR 09/25/2013 at 9:18 am

    While debriefing a training session in the K9 office one evening, members of our K9 unit were holding forth on some different approaches to one particular dog’s problem with a clean release and recall. While our agency, like most had designated “Trainers,” we often took the committee approach when holding […]

  • Fit for Duty: Handler and Dog

    Fit for Duty: Handler and Dog

    General Topics, K9 Health 09/19/2013 at 10:29 pm

    “Lack of activity destroys the good conditioning of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” ~ Plato K9 handlers across the country are challenged daily with high stress deployments. Dealing with the stresses takes a mental and physical toll on both the handler […]

  • Ray Allen Manufacturing

    Ray Allen Manufacturing

    Sponsors 09/13/2013 at 2:38 pm

    Ray Allen Manufacturing supplies a complete offering of working dog equipment and all the products necessary to properly train K-9′s. In business since 1948, they are a leader in developing new and innovative products for police, military, Schutzhund/IPO and ring sport. Visit their website at to find out more.