022: Training Framework Part 2 – Protection

In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discuss:

  • Having a system in place for training protection.
  • What goes into the foundation of protection for your baseline to build skills.
  • What to look for in a dog in temperament evaluation, including sociability, drives, hardness, focus, and attention span.
  • The defense margin and avoiding avoidance and displacement behavior.
  • The importance of targeting the bite. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Don’t race through your foundation just to get to skills.
  • You need to know what your end goal is when going into training.
  • Start your training in the dog’s strongest natural drive.
  • Proximity is a big part of threat – if it’s not close, it’s not a threat.
  • Fights ebb and flow, the dog needs to be able to flow from defense to prey because that’s when he fully learns. 

It doesn’t really matter whether you’re training an IPO dog, or a PSA dog, or a police dog, the foundational work you must do in order to have a well-developed protection dog is pretty much the same. —  Jerry Bradshaw

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