It is a very good habit to inspect your dog or dogs everyday! Every morning I inspect every one of our dogs. You need to inspect from nose to tail. Look at the dogs nose, eyes, mouth, gums, teeth and ears. Work your way down the dogs neck to the legs and down to the pads of the front feet. Lift the feet up and inspect the pads. Next inspect the dogs back. Have the dog lay on it's back so you can inspect the dogs belly and under area. Make your way down the dogs back legs and check the back feet pads. The last thing to inspect should be the dogs tail. While you are looking everything over, you are running your hands over the dogs coat to check for any problems under the hair. I have caught problems that I would not have seen if I had not done this. If anything does not feel or look right, consult your vet.
During training you must be consistent and repetitive. One way dogs learn is through repetition. As I said before, rewards need to be timed properly. The training or scenarios need to be set up so the dog can succeed. You want your dog to think he or she will always succeed. This also brings up your dogs confidence. In a working situation, you do not want your dog to ever wonder if he or she will succeed or not when deployed. Always end your training on a good note when your dog succeeds. Never end training with a fail!
Dog training takes time! If you want your dog to act a certain way or to perform a certain task, you need to put in the time. Everything comes with training time. It is not fair to your dog to not dedicate a certain amount of your time training. When I trained my full service dogs, it was at least 8 hours a day for 10 weeks, and that was for the basics to get certified! Your dog is not going to train its self.
We are going to start doing training tip posts! Before you start a training session, make sure you have a clear objective. You need to know what you are going to train or work on if you're doing maintenance training. Always set everything up so the dog can succeed. You want it challenging but you want the dog to "win".
Many of you have seen our new addition to Impact K9 USA. We imported Ronnie from the UK a week and a half ago. Ronnie's Sire is Van Leeuwen's Demon (BRN23310) and his Dam is Bella (BRN25696). If you look at his bloodline, www.bloedlijnen.nl, there are many titled and KNPV dogs in it that have YouTube videos of them working. Ronnie has adjusted very well here and we have been training obedience to establish our bond together. He is getting more comfortable with me and loves his ball, praise, and belly rubs. We love Ronnie's coloring and his build. Ronnie is very strong and powerful and we cant wait to work him on a sleeve and suit. We look forward to seeing what Ronnie develops into and we have high hopes he will excel in everything we throw at him!
I have seen this topic come up a lot recently. The question I have seen is why do you have 3 or 4 collars on your dog. This applies to HIGH DRIVE WORKING dogs. I have trained with dogs that have an electric collar on, a prong collar on, a choke chain on, and a flat collar on. This does not mean the dog is going to be shocked, pronged, and choked into submission. In fact hurting the dog would be counterproductive and handlers do not want to hurt their dogs. Most of the time these multi collars are in place just in case. When training bite work, the dog is very excited and very aroused, so some collars are needed to change the "channel" in the dog; for example, get the dog to let go of the bite. For another example; you are working on a recall and the dog does not recall, now you put an e collar on the dog you have just conditioned the dog to be collar wise because it already got away with not recalling and noticed you put the collar on. Dogs are smart and will occasionally try to cheat to get their reward! These multi collars can be used to get the dog in and stay in the right position for sport dogs. As your training progresses, collars come off but there are always still a few on for those "just in case times". An accidental bite from these dogs can be very bad. If one collar fails, it is always good to have another on so nothing bad happens to a person, your dog, or another dog. So if you see a dog with multi collars on, it does not mean the handler is looking to inflict pain on the dog, it means the exact opposite and the handler truly cares for the dog!
Training rewards can be a lot of things. A reward can be food, a ball, any favorite toy, and it can just be praise. During bite work training, a bite can be the reward. Dogs respond differently to rewards. One dog might respond better in training with food where another dog might respond better to a ball as a reward. You need to find what works the best for your dog. The reward needs to be something that the dog would do anyhting to get it. With rewards in training, timing is everything. For example, if you are starting to train a dog to sit, once you give the command and the dogs butt hits the ground, you must reward immediately. This applies to everything you're training your dog to do. Rewards need to be timed right and consistant.
We all know dogs bite and know how to bite. There are many reasons why dogs bite. Some reasons are fear, possessiveness, threatened, territorial, sick, startled, or in play. What ever the reason, a dog bite can end badly. A untrained dog is more dangerous then a trained dog. An untrained dog can sometimes be forgot about and not watched as closely around company or small children. A untrained dog is more likely to bite out of fear where as a trained dog is more confident and less likely to feel fear. A trained dog is taught when it is acceptable to bite and when it is not. An untrained dog is not taught this. A trained dog is socialized and put in numerous scenarios to be taught when to bite and when not to. A trained dog is taught to bite and hold on command and to protect the family. A good start to a dog your planning on training or getting a trained dog is at the foundation, the bloodline. A bloodline does not tell you everything but it will tell you a lot of what to expect out of the dog.
A trained protection dog is the only weapon that can not be used against you!
Impact K9 USA is excited to announce Training Classes will begin Spring of 2017!
Bill Kennedy has been working and training full service K9's for over ten years.