- HEEL WORK
- FLIP TO HEEL
- WALKING ON THE LEAD
Before starting any protection training, your dog must have passed our obedience course.
Protection training starts by utilising the dog’s natural prey instinct.
During this phase we keep the training fun, engaging the dog in a game of tug. This enables him to get comfortable with the helper and equipment. Limited control is used at this stage, our main aim is for the dog to enjoy the engagement with the helper and build self-confidence. It is important that the dog feels unpressured.
This stage is crucial for setting the correct foundations that subsequent training is built upon.
More structure and control is introduced now. By building on what the dog has learned we start to put behaviour on cue. This includes a reliable ‘out’ response (release of sleeve).The training is progressed at the dog’s pace, utilising the skill and knowledge of the trainers.
All the elements in Stages 1 and 2 are brought together here. If appropriate, real life threats and situations are introduced to the training. The dog will be tested for noise aversion and trained to focus on the helper/ agitator rather than a sleeve or bite pillow.
Very few dogs have the correct drives and nerves to reach our elite standard. Trainers will assess and advise if your dog has what it takes.
Dogs at elite level will work off lead confidently and follow commands. They will guard in the heel position, run in to stop an attacker and show inhibition to bite during an emergency stop command mid-flight. They will search areas, hold perpetrators as required and work on a bite suit. With the correct temperament and an instinctive trainer, an elite dog can achieve great things.
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