In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discuss:
- Creating options for yourself in deployment, rather than just habits.
- Constantly thinking about tactics and how you should be deploying your dog and staying in the safest place you can for the situation.
- Being an advocate for your dog and being empathetic to other dog trainers and dog handlers.
- Striving to improve, not just maintain. You are responsible for your training outcomes.
- Learning more. Invest in and learn what you are doing and how it applies to your dog.
- You can have poor tactics but good luck and have success. That doesn’t mean you’ve been doing something good. Poor tactics and bad luck can lead to tragedy.
- If you’re going to make big mistakes, do it in training. Take constructive criticism and learn from those mistakes.
- Train how you fight – you can’t train at a 6 and run 10+ on a deployment and expect the same results.
- Don’t let ego drive you. It’s okay to not do everything that everybody else does. It’s okay to back up on your training and go through training progression. It’s okay if your dog isn’t ready for something right away.
- Know your weaknesses, but don’t take your strengths for granted.
“It boils down to knowledge and options. If you have good tactics, lots of options in deployment, and knowledge of the situations that you’re going into, you can increase the probability of success.“ — Jerry Bradshaw