032: Sleeve Progressions in Police K9 Training

In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discuss:

  • The mechanics of a good bite.

  • Picking the correct sleeves for the level of the dog.

  • How a sleeve can be used in other types of training.

  • Getting the correct equipment, even if it is means going to different manufacturers to get the different types of equipment.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dogs that are taught to push, instead of pull, when encountering stress are going to be more successful in a street fight.

  • Everything is a piece of equipment – sleeves, bite suits, hidden sleeves, etc.

  • As a trainer, be aware of where the dog needs to start and don’t go backwards in your progressions.

  • Make the problem of where to bite easier for the dog to avoid choice paralysis – don’t be in a hurry to get on a bite suit if the dog’s not ready yet.

Sleeves are designed to teach the mechanics of biting. —  Jerry Bradshaw

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