016: Police Dog Q&A: Targeting, Outs, and Street Readiness

In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discuss:

  • Targeting for police dogs, in training and in deployment.
  • Verbal outs verses other types of outs for police dogs, positives and negatives to the different types of outs.
  • You should train and certify using the same equipment they would have in a deployment.
  • Proofing a police dog for the streets.

Key Takeaways:

  • Teach primary and secondary target areas for biting.
  • Choice paralysis tends to come when dogs don’t have the muscle memory of targeting and they have too many decisions to make.
  • Understand proper technique to remove the dog in a bite situation.
  • Patrol is the one thing that we cannot practice before the first real bite happens.
  • Repetition is key. You want to train in and create the habits in the dogs.

All we can do is train, train, train, train, train to increase the probability that on that first deployment that dog is going to engage properly. —  Jerry Bradshaw

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