In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses:

  • Having patience with your puppies.

  • The three types of defensive dogs.

  • How decoys can affect defense or prey.

  • Identifying early signs of avoidance in your defensive dog.

  • Tips for working the dog in defense properly.

Key Takeaways:

  • Once the dog’s foundation work is where you want it, then you can start adding in skills. Don’t rush the foundation work.

  • All drives have intensity. The intensity will be completely dependent on your experience. Working with and seeing more dogs will give you a better understanding of what is high, medium, and low.

  • The avoidance threshold does not come out of nowhere. You want to watch carefully for where the defense is breaking down into avoidance.

  • The younger the dog, the touchier the training will be. The thinner the margin between defense and avoidance, the more difficult it is to train the dog.

“You’d be surprised by what you can get out of defensive dogs when you really understand how to work them.” —  Jerry Bradshaw

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