008: Drive Capping & Neutrality for Police K9

In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discuss:

  • Having your dog not overreact to agitation is an important skill.
  • Drive Capping and Drive Neutrality training are explained in detail.
  • Getting your dog to go from an externalized drive state to an internalized drive state is drive capping, and how to train it.
  • Getting your dog to decrease his general level of arousal around stimuli that can make him unclear is drive neutrality, and how to train it.
  • Component training skills and how to add in drive capping and neutrality.
  • Hot, cold, and warm starts for your dog in searches.

Key Takeaways:

  • Prepare for the tests that you’re going to have on the streets, if you do you will also be prepared for the certification tests.
  • There are a variety of things that can trigger your dogs to threats, and neutrality training can make the dogs more clear-headed.
  • Drive Neutrality training is a form of systematic desensitization training.
  • Identify the stimulus and the threshold of the triggers to do drive neutrality training.
    Reward your dog for individual behaviors of composure around stimuli.
  • Good drive capping and neutrality training leads to better K9 Clarity and this better control of your dog in release work, recalls, and reduces the chances of accidental bites.

“Police dogs have to view regular people as targets of opportunity.” —  Jerry Bradshaw

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