015: Keys to Narcotics Detection Success

In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discuss:

  • Importance of training scenarios that will mimic the actual deployments.
  • Balancing reward frequencies between training and deployment.
  • Strategizing how the scenario or deployment will go before jumping into the task.
  • Being systematic in your approach to how you’re doing your work, both in preparation and in execution, but don’t forget to watch the dog and their behavior.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you can’t do it in training, don’t expect your dog to be able to do it correctly in deployment situations.
  • Pay attention to what you’re doing – where you start, where you stop, where you turn around. Know when you need to prioritize efficiency or precision.
  • Have pre-detection rituals. It will help prevent a decline in behavior when on the road.
  • When it’s safe, don’t be afraid to work off leash.
  • Don’t be your own worst enemy in training. Trust your dog, allow them freedom to work. Don’t let yourself become a handicap to your dog.

Trust your training, if your training is good. Trust your dog. If you can’t do those two things when you’re on a deployment, then you need to go back and work on the behaviors that are causing you to not have trust in your dog when you deploy him. —  Jerry Bradshaw

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