Written By: Jim russell - Sep• 04•14

 Everyday threats continue to redefine themselves and so must our weapons to combat them. The TACTICAL DOG is such a weapon. Most dog owners interested in protection focus on creating an ATTACK DOG instead of training a SECURITY DOG.

The difference between the attack trained dog and the security dog is that the first is trained as an offensive weapon and the second is a defensive one.

The attack dog training mentality has been used for centuries and is a viable concept under the right circumstances. I would identify those circumstances as when you have no other option then to unleash total violence on the situation that you feel deserves such a response.

The security dog is a visual deterrent and when loudly barking it is an audio deterrent as well. It is basically a living security system that can upgrade into an attack animal if the situation calls for it and it is a controlled violence that is trained to deter a problem instead of going for a full on attack when first contact with an intruder is made.

When you examine the military dog training sessions of today or if you look at the way your local police dog is trained, you will see a security dog being created. We are working on detection and protection over the seek and destroy way of training.

The police dog is a multifunction working animal. Dog breeds are chosen based on size, ease of handling, and temperament characteristics. The dog is now given a long list of jobs that help keep the peace in its community.

Over the years dog training technology has progressed and so has the development of dogs as weapons.

Understand that using a dog as an offensive response weapon is still a priority with many elite professional organizations around the globe, and although this training is not unreachable by the civilian community, there are better and safer alternatives.

Tactical Dog Training Magazine was created to present you with many of these options and i will personally do my best to give them to you whenever possible.

Many professionals in this industry believe that the continued development of dog training is dependent on advancements in dog training technology. This holds some truth as the development of special electronic collars and vests placed on the dog containing camera and audio technology have given handlers an advantage not available just a few years ago.

The addition of new technology helps law enforcement dog handlers to operate more efficiently in high stress environments.

Taking all the above into consideration, i still have to observe the fact that “A DOG IS STILL JUST A DOG”.

All roads to dog training lead to the same basic training categories and they are SOCIALIZING, BONDING, OBEDIENCE and ADVANCED TRAINING ( tricks, tracking, attack work, contraband search ).

You can fit your dog with a thousand dollars worth of micro cameras and radio gear or fit your dog with just a five dollar choke chain and it will still be a capable addition to your team.

For the average dog owner not working in a law enforcement or military situation, you can load your dog up with all the k9 gear you can afford and although it looks cool, it is just a luxury and not a necessity in your day to day activities.

In all cases with the right basic training the dog will recognize a threat and prevent that threat from continuing on its current path. No added technology needed, just you and the dog working on creating the desired protection behavior.

Instead of developing more gear, we as trainers need to develop ways to make our training easier to comprehend for both the handler and the dog.

In order to create such a program you must take the following into account:

* Training time available

* Intelligence of dog and its handler

* Motivation of all involved to actually train

* A program that is easy to follow

If you have such a program at your disposal, then you can truly create a tactical dog and that is what we at tactical dog training have been trying to accomplish for you.

We came up with the training must be fun concept, many dog schools advertise this and none of them deliver.

We came in with the development of scenario training and it is a simple concept to understand. Remember playing army or cops and robbers when you were a child? Scenario training is doing just that except your dog is playing along with you and it is basically playtime with obedience commands.

It is playing the game of hide and go seek with the dog helping you seek out the hiding person.

It really is not a hard concept to understand and it is a major part of our training system. When you combine training and play at the same time the dog will look forward to training.

Let’s look at the hide and seek game and see how we might approach it from a dog training point of view:

You would have an assistant play with and pet the dog for a short while and then while you hold the dog on the leash your assistant goes and hides behind a nearby object and you and the dog immediately go looking for the assistant who if the dog is going on a cold trail will make noise to attract the dogs attention. When the dog finds the assistant they jump out and greet the dog with petting and praise and you give the dog a treat or reward.

This exercise teaches the dog the skill of searching and tracking a person who is lost or hiding on a very basic level and eventually goes to the level of the dog being agitated and when finding the hiding assistant getting to chase and bite them. This is given in much more detail in my books and training materials.

Who knew that playing cops and robbers as a child would lead to shaping you to become a tactical dog trainer? We did, and that is why we became the authority on the subject. Although once explained it may appear to be just simple concepts, in reality this is training technology that the average dog owner never gets to lay there hands on. It is reserved for military, police and elite contractors that supply high level international companies with the best security dogs available.

This is purpose driven training with very little sporting applications to speak of. It is made to create a dog capable of seek and find abilities and with extensive training and practice you will be amazed at what your dog can accomplish.

I have worked with hundreds of dogs on wet and rocky terrain, wooded areas, high grass, huge football stadiums, jungles and multiple backyards in congested neighborhoods all over the world.

We train for any conditions and terrain until there is little doubt that any law officer or military handler that worked this dog would have a distinct advantage on the job and have the confidence that the dog can and will perform expertly when called to do so.

If you ever get the opportunity to closely watch a police or military dog at work do so, pay particular attention to the handler and see what a pro dog handler does to get the best out of their k9.

In training you can read it, watch it or do it. Any of these three things can get you started and doing all three will get you there faster. Tactical dog training magazine will help get you on your way.



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