Month: July 2021

Diagnosing Failed K9 Engagements

In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses:

  • The key to creating a street ready dog with the highest probability of making an engagement. 
  • Equipment orientation and odor discrimination. 
  • Discrimination drills to show there is no value to the training equipment for the dog. 
  • Bridging from training to civil encounters to lead to engagement success.


Key Takeaways:

  • Visually, we need to make sure the dog can show aggression to the human form without the equipment, such as a bite suit or sleeve. 
  • Train a civil picture – the dog needs to learn what he is supposed to do without all of the training equipment around. 
  • Do training around dead equipment – make that equipment mean nothing to the dog. 
  • Teach the dog there are ninjas everywhere – there could be a threat around every corner. 


“We have to look at diagnosing these types of problems –  I really think they boil down to discrimination issues. We have to be careful when thinking about what we’re presenting to the dog, visually and also what the odor profile of the pictures are that we’re presenting to the dog.” —  Jerry Bradshaw


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