The Military Working bucket

Written By: Jim russell - Feb• 01•14

One of my favorite memories of beginning my dog training for the military was the first training tool i was introduced to as a new handler. I was introduced to my first training partner, the military working bucket.

As an untrained future dog handler you were not allowed to just grab a dog and start training together because (more…)

Tactical Thinking

Written By: Jim russell - Dec• 19•13

I have been off the dog training grid recently because I was taking care of a good friend dying of cancer. He has peacefully passed on to heaven and I am getting back in the blog writing spirit. My easy lesson here is about Tactical Thinking when applied to TACTICAL DOG TRAINING.
With Christmas just around the corner and people way to busy to focus on dog training, I want you to use this simple training idea that will give you amazing leverage in your dog control.
We will apply it to the basic sit command. I believe you can name at least a few reasons for teaching a dog to sit. There are, however, many uses for this position and sit is probably the most important command in a dogs world. It is the best way to solve and prevent many behavior issues.
Here are some ways you can utilize the sit command to teach it to your dog and make him respond reliably when needed. Before entering or exiting the house have dog sit before you open the door, when dog is tugging on the leash command it to sit and the tugging stops, before you throw a ball or disc during playtime, before being put on or let off leash, every few minutes during playtime, as you walk him suddenly ask him to sit and then do this every 20 feet or so for a few minutes This is my extreme obedience principal at work, you do not need to plan a structured training session every time you want to train the dog in basic obedience. You just have to include it in his everyday activities like it’s expected of him and this way the training is downloaded into the dogs brain so much quicker with a little effort on your part, plus it is fun coming up with ways to use a command at any given moment.
Give this idea a try and see if it makes training your dog more fun for both you and your animal.

Tactical Advantage Canines

Written By: Jim russell - Dec• 02•13

kaiser--german-shepherd-sandy-keetonWhen i started this TACTICAL DOG TRAINING  blog i was asked by my students who attend my private instruction classes if i was teaching anything from those classes on the site. I originally was only going to teach information from my military training program here online and keeping my private instruction information for my paying clients.

Everyday in the media we are seeing tax paying citizens terrorized and attacked by persons who have little fear of the law or of any consequences for their actions. On top of all that we the people are finding it more difficult to defend ourselves with gun laws that do not apply to the criminal element and do apply to average citizen.

It is this way of the world that has compelled me to create and release to the public a very unique protection option called Tactical Advantage Canine training or TAC for short. This is a training program that will allow a person to turn an ordinary dog into a highly trained personal protection animal. It is for anyone and everyone the world over who wants and needs the peace of mind and has the ability to keep a dog in there living environment.

I designed the TAC training during the many tracking and evasion weekends i participated in when i was located in the far east, back when i had a training facility there and i was a young upstart attack dog trainer.

When properly trained, a dog can pursue a man for over eight hours and once in its sights a large German Shepard can run at 30 mph over a distance of  say 100 yards and bring down almost any man. The dog can pick up higher frequency sounds such as clothing rubbing together or the friction of gravel against footwear which cannot be heard by human ears. But it is the dogs incredible sense of smell that makes it an effective weapon, being about seven to nine hundred times more sensitive then that of a man. It can sense all the odors in an environment and is attracted to any changes in the scent pattern.

There are so many advantages to using a dog as a tactical weapon you will be kicking yourself if you do not have a dog currently in your home. but enough build up, i really just want to tell you to stay with me here on this blog and i will be giving you my complete Tactical Advantage Canine instruction and you will be one step ahead of any low life who makes the mistake of crossing your path.

Take A Bite Out Of Crime And Blind It With Bright Light!

Written By: Jim russell - Nov• 15•13

I have not had the pleasure of working with a dog in the dark of night for a long time. Last night i was hanging with the night shift of a certain east coast sheriff K9 unit and i agreed to play the decoy in a friendly game of bite the new guy. I was hiding in a field and when the dog team came up upon me i was not only in fear of getting bit by a highly trained and agitated dog, but i was completly blinded by the deputy shining his high power flashlight in my face. It was at this point i realized what it was like to be on the receiving end of this powerful one two punch.

I have often used the light in their eyes, dog barking and growling at end of leash effect on many an occasion and yet i myself have never been on the bad guys side of the encounter. My first thought was that i must get this information out to my readers so here it is.

There are many great high tech flashlights avaliable from police supply or hunting and sportsman shops. Get the most powerful one you can afford and make it part of your Tactical Dog Equipment. Try a few late night training sessions with your dog and use the light, i think you will be sold on its effectivness rather quickly.

The only tip i feel i need to add is always keep the light in the perps eyes so no matter what the dog is doing to him he will be blinded by the light. You can use this tactic even when challenging a trespasser on your property so take the light with youwhen you grab your dog and always have this one two punch when you need it.

Who’s Toy Is It Anyway?

Written By: Jim russell - Nov• 02•13


Control That Dog!

Written By: Jim russell - Oct• 05•13

Anyone who has been into Dog Training for any length of time can usually spot a dog which has little or no training. Anyone that has Tactical Dog Training knowledge can also quickly spot an untrained or poorly trained dog handler. This post is inspired by the events i have witnessed this week alone, and i hope it pushes you toward becoming a Tactical Oriented Dog Trainer over a person who thinks it is acceptable to allow your dog to make the rules.

I was taking my morning exercise walk, no dog, just me alone. A women walking her dog approached me on the sidewalk and i stepped out into the road to let her and the dog have the whole sidewalk to themselves, now here is where you need to pay attention. This women stopped and cinched up tightly on the leash. The dog began barking and lunging at me. The women kept him in place with a tight leash and was saying “No, good boy” “No, good boy”. I shook my head and kept walking by, i did not even want to offer her a business card for dog training services.

Here is the quick lesson on what she did wrong. She gave the dog a signal that something was happening by pulling taunt on the leash as i approached, and the dog took that to mean his owner was concerned and he should be also. The second big mistake was her verbal direction to the dog. I make it a point to stress to all my fellow dog handlers that you give clear one word commands so the dog understands quickly what you want. As you can see in the example given here the handler gave a “NO” and then a ‘Good boy” all in the same command. The dog ignored the negative command and listened to the positive reinforcement that he was a good boy to jump at me and bark. Classic case of doing everything wrong and if the dog broke off leash and came after me i am sure she would not be able to get the dog off me as she had zero control. Do not be this kind of dog owner.

You as dog owner need to be the Alpha Dog and the animal needs to understand that your commands cannot be ignored. To gain this mastery over your canine you must teach your dog to listen to you for everything it gets in life, food, play, petting, and affection should all be controlled by you. Once the dog realizes that you control its world, the dog will respect you and its behavior will change to suit your needs.

I was made aware today of a person who was murdered by an ex-boyfriend and how she had multiple restraining orders on him and reports of his threats to kill her if she left him. It appears he just drove up to her house in the middle of the night and kicked in the front door, stabbed her to death and drove away before cops located and arrested him. I had discussed a similar attack in another post and want to make one point clear here as well. If she had a gun she may not have had the nerve to pull the trigger, especially on someone she new personally. A trained dog that would respond to the aggression when it presented itself would have given her time to call for help or escape. The trained dog is a bodyguard that will react when you cannot or will not do it for yourself. You can get a dog easier than a gun and train the animal anytime anywhere. The trained dog gives you more security options and a sense of protection unmatched by any other security system to date. I am by no means against gun ownership. Owning a Tactical Trained Dog and a gun will officially make you a bad ass. Now control that dog.SAVAGE DOG





It’s a Tactical Dogs World

Written By: Jim russell - Sep• 24•13

A major part of Tactical Dog Training is to look at your training from the dogs point of view. When you think of dog training you must take every advantage you can that will put you one step ahead of everyone else. While the neighbors are using standard dog training techniques, you will be using Tactical dog training techniques and when the crap hits the fan so to speak, your dog will be the one to count on.  (more…)

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 (more…)

Avoidance Training M-5

Written By: Jim russell - Sep• 02•13

Tactical dog training continues with this portion of my military K9 instruction. In avoidance training, a dog learns not to make a wrong response to avoid a vocal or physical correction. A continuous reward schedule is followed in avoidance training. That is, every time the dog makes an undesired response, it receives one correction.

a. “NO” is the only word used as a verbal reprimand. When given in a loud, firm tone of voice, it serves to prevent the dog from (more…)

My Dog Chases My Goat

Written By: Jim russell - Aug• 21•13

Your dog chases your cat, or a squirrel, or other dog’s. I see this every day and usually the dog’s owner is looking for a solution to this behavior. Well, let’s take a quick look at what is taking place and what the dog owner can do about it. (more…)