Category: Working Dogs

Highlighting Dogs with a Great Sense of Smell

Dogs Sense of Smell

Most dogs have a good sense of smell but some breeds in particular have an incredible sense of smell. Specific breeds of dogs are often trained to be “working dogs” because they have an exceptional sense of smell that assists them in the field. Here’s a look at some of the dog breeds that are… Read more »

Dumb Comments about Protection Dogs

In our years of dog training experience, we’ve heard a lot of questions and comments about training and dogs in general.  Some of it is outright laughable and at other times it can be frustrating.  Here are a few. “My protection dog needs to be black/red.”  Yes, admittedly, there are color preferences among dog owners… Read more »

The Shy Puppy Myth

Myth:  A 6 week old puppy who is showing signs of shyness will outgrow that shyness as he gets older. Fact:  Probably not. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not normal for a puppy to be shy at 6-8 weeks of age.  It is something that – as a general rule – they will not… Read more »

Confidence is a Necessity in Protection Dogs

One of the prerequisites of a personal protection dog is confidence.  If/when this dog’s services are needed, it will be during an extremely stressful situation.  Personal assaults and home intrusions are very stressful indeed; for the victim, the aggressor, and the dog.  If dogs are to be successful in preventing or averting these types of… Read more »

Responsible Protection Dog Ownership

          One of the reasons why some breeds (such as pitbulls) or some dogs with trained skills (such as a personal protection dog) are given a bad rap is because of owners who do not use their God-given intellect or who flourish on impressing others.           A personal protection dog is a great asset and… Read more »

Learn to Train Cadaver Dogs at Dog Trainer College

What does it take to turn regular, ordinary dogs into expert police investigators who can help with homicide or murder investigations? Cadaver dog training. Dogs have an excellent sense of smell, combined with their exceptional tracking and locating abilities, which makes them perfect for helping police investigate crime scenes and for finding missing persons. How… Read more »

Competition Dogs versus Protection Dogs

A common question we hear is…what is the difference between a competition dog/trainer and a real-world protection dog/trainer?  We’ll try – in the short span of this brief article –to answer the highlights. First, competition work is very structured and predictable.  The decoy must make the same movements in order to be fair to all… Read more »

Get on the Trail of Scent Detection Dog Training

With their fantastic sense of smell, dogs can be valuable tools for law enforcement in sniffing out illegal substances, bodies, missing persons and even explosives. Plus, they make pretty great partners for the men and women of the force, too! These dogs, like officers, are only as good as the people who train them. Without… Read more »

Four Realistic Thoughts about Protection Dogs

Let’s take a realistic look at owning and/or handling a personal protection dog.  Your expectations for this kind of dog should be different than the expectations you have for a pet dog.  If you can’t get past this thought pattern, you will need to hit the re-set button in your mind.  Pets and working dogs… Read more »

A Real German Shepherd Dog

There are many creatures out there that look like a German Shepherd dog, have a certificate and pedigree that says it’s a German Shepherd Dog, but are disgusting excuses for the real thing. The most important aspect of a German Shepherd is his/her temperament.  Color and pedigree are secondary!  (Never pick a GSD because “he’s… Read more »