Month: February 2020

Training Young Green Police K9s

In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses:

  • The evolution of the availability and maturity of dogs over the last 20 years.
  • What it means to lack experience, and mental and physical maturity in a green dog.
  • Knowing what is a training issue and what is a deal breaker when looking at a dog.
  • Adjusting training to fit the dog.


Key Takeaways:

  • Dogs are not genetically programmed. You have to understand that when you are testing and training young dogs.
  • By knowing the dog’s regime before you go to test or train them, you can better work by knowing what is familiar to them.
  • You cannot cookie cutter what every dog you train is going to do. There is going to be a lot more variation, in young dogs, of what they need to have worked on most.
  • Don’t underestimate the value of training. Repetitions and conditioning behaviors we want will get you the mileage you want, especially with young dogs.


“You have to bridge the context between what that dog has been used to doing and what you want them to do. And so you have to understand where he came from, you have to understand what he’s seen before.” —  Jerry Bradshaw


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