In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses:

  • Mistakes made that lead to suppression, avoidance behavior, anxiety, or hesitancy in your canine.

  • Building thoughtful release behavior into the pressure.

  • Training your dog how to sit when in drive.

  • Rewarding the capping with something expressive, even if not a bite.

  • Tips for training drive capping properly.

Key Takeaways:

  • Excitement, expressiveness, and forward movement aren’t wrong. But you want the dog to learn how to hold that excitement in until released, not turn it off.

  • Suppression happens when you do not allow the release at the end of the wait.

  • You want to help the dog learn to find the advantage both in the quiet behavior and in the alert or expressive behavior.

  • You want to balance the capping and the expression. The dog needs to understand his advantage at every stage of the drive, including when capped.

  • When you’re learning capping skills, having a really good decoy who understands capping, who can read the dog, and understands every aspect of the situation is invaluable.

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