The Future Of Dog Training

Written By: Jim russell - Sep• 11•13

Tactical Dog Training takes you into the future with a look at your dog training options.

Everything is changing and there is nothing you can do but change right along with it. Cars are driving themselves, your neighbor works at home on his computer and makes more money than you do, and you walk around with a smart phone that gives you access to more information than you will ever need to use.   I was talking with a fellow dog trainer and he spoke of using a special electronic dog collar that will make training the dog much quicker than standard methods. I myself am a stickler for hands on training, just me and a leash, that’s what i teach to my students. Using tools like electronic collars are not out of the question as i am all for change, it is just that they do not fit into my current training plan.

In thinking of the future, i was reminded of the past. It is no secret that i was a military dog handler in the U. S. Air Force for a few years, and i thought i would reflect back what i did on a standard training day with my military dog.

I would arrive at the kennel in the early morning and would wash and sanitize my dogs living area, it usually gets pretty messy overnight ( think dog poop ). The kennel floor was all cement so it was easy to use a garden hose to spray any mess down into a floor drain. I would then get the dog to sit and i would put on a choke chain and the dog leash. The dog would then be walked out of the kennel to a nearby grassy area and given the command to  ” Take a break “, the dog would sniff the ground, relieve itself, and run around a bit.

It was usually a short walk to the days scheduled training location and whatever training we had planned for the day. Our training equipment included, the dog, choke chain and a leather leash. We would use a leather collar and heavy chain, a 15 foot long canvas leash, and a muzzle. Nothing too fancy, just standard stuff. The secret was in the training method used and not so much on what equipment was used. The point here is do not worry too much about what dog training equipment you have to use, you could just use a rope if that’s all you have.

It would be nice to have all the latest gear and i would love for you to have it, one of my tips for making dog training fun is to have cool gear to motivate yourself and make you want to play with your dog which then turns into a training session. The real training trick is to use what you have at your disposal and to train with that.

Tactical dog training takes a special kind of person, not everyone is cut out to be a dog trainer and not everyone has the patience to work with a dog over its lifetime. A trainer has to learn what kind of personality the dog has and adjust to it, add to that the constantly changing environment. I have worked a dog in jungle, desert, swamp, and in the middle of a busy neighborhood.

I have gone from guarding a military aircraft on a runway to responding to a domestic violence call at a housing complex an hour later. The environment your in can change and the way you work your dog must change as it does. Your equipment may change at any time. You may lose the dogs choke chain or leash may break. I have had to use my belt as a leash in an emergency.

So, what is your future of dog training? If your working a dog for an agency or military then they will dictate what equipment you use. Once your in the field you can decide what works best for you as each person has their own training style. If you are training a dog for your own personal use, then the world is open to you. Hell, if you have no gear at all i would learn to train my dog off leash. There really are no limitations, except the ones you create for yourself.

The future of TACTICAL DOG TRAINING is to make you an incredible trainer and give you a new view on utilizing the dog training talents you have hidden within you.

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