012: Scenario Based Training

In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discuss:

  • How to formulate scenarios, dos and don’ts of scenario training, and utilizing skills transitions in the scenarios
  • Identify your purpose 
  • How to component train your skills and be sure each skill’s components are solid before attempting complex scenarios 
  • Ways to utilize specific skill training within the scenarios and examples of how to do so
  • The importance of training all components of a scenario from beginning to end 

Key Takeaways:

  • You can use the scenario to train both the handler and the dog – what the handler does is just as important as what the dog does
  • Having good decoys is very important – they need to be able to read the dogs and not push them into avoidance  
  • Start the training early, get the dog used to seeing some of the elements they will train on later such as back up neutrality and ground work, and threat acquisition 
  • Assume the dog will make errors, identify the most likely places those errors will occur, and be ready to bail out into a training mindset 

Scenario training really should be, not just dressing up and gearing up and going through the same old stale certification type training, but how we can make our training more realistic, as it looks to the dog, as well as more realistic in terms of what we’re going to see when we deploy our dogs. —  Jerry Bradshaw

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