A good decoy is a K9 trainer's most valuable tool. A good decoy can make a poor dog better, a mediocre dog good, and a good dog excellent. A poor decoy, on the other hand, can have devastating effects, ruining even a good dog.
Stephen Mackenzie, professor of animal science and deputy sheriff with more than 30 years' experience training and handling police dogs, shows you how to master the art of being a decoy in this revised and updated new edition. You'll learn how to communicate effectively with your canine partner and how to stimulate specific types of aggression in the dog in a safe, positive way. This guide is essential reading for all decoys, including both instructors and students. It will improve the effectiveness of all K9 personnel, handlers, and trainers.
Aggression control training requires dogs to think while they are excited and under stress, which is no easy task. Dr. Stephen A. Mackenzie has been teaching and using non-compulsive methods for aggression-control training for more than 30 years. His techniques have worked for hundreds of dogs, and have been used and adapted by many skilled trainers and decoys for their individual circumstances.
K9 Aggression Control provides a flexible approach to aggression control that is rooted in obedience training. You may be someone who uses a muzzle, sees a role for toys and games, and works with a decoy who likes to drop the sleeve, or you might not want a muzzle, toy, or dropped sleeve anywhere near your dog-either way this book has options for you. It details techniques and variations so you can choose the options you prefer. Dr. Mackenzie also gives decoys sound advice on controlling a dog's excitement level, working with handlers, and making the best use of equipment.
A new chapter in this revised and updated edition shows you how to train dogs to indicate a person's location without biting-essential for the search and rescue trainer and a real plus for modern police forces looking for ways to reduce liability.