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I’ve been following Jeff Schettler on Facebook for some time. He is doing some amazing things with trailing dogs and is the go-to guy in the country and around the world for all things tracking training with dogs.
I had to get him on my show to share some of his years of experience and expertise about how he trains tracking dogs and how you can apply some of the same principles with your own pet dog.
Check out Jeff’s bio-
“Jeff Schettler is a retired police K9 handler who worked for the City of Alameda and County of Amador in California and was attached to the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Teams’ K9
Assistance Program for two years. This program was designed to locate and apprehend high-risk fugitives on the run. Jeff has worked hundreds of trailing cases across the USA and is a specialist in the areas of tactical tracking applications. Schettler is a certified military trainer graduating from the prestigious US Army’s Leadership Academy also known as Drill Sergeant School.
Jeff’s work has been seen on CNN, ABC, CBS, Unsolved Mysteries, and Mythbusters. He is considered an expert witness in tracking/ trailing. Jeff is the author of four books on K9 Tracking Work published by Alpine Publications and writes for K9 Cop Magazine.”
In this interview you’ll learn:
This interview was definitely a lot of fun and I learned a lot about drives, breeds, and just what it takes for a dog to be trained whether it be for search and rescue or for hunting down bad guys. A definite must-listen.
Robin MacFarlane is an e-collar training expert and owner of That’s My Dog and The Truth About Shock Collars in Dubuque, Iowa. She’s been training with electric collars for years and a big part of her work has gone to helping thousands of dogs from around the globe all while debunking various myths and mis-informations about e-collar training.
Dog owners will send their dogs to her from around North America because of her unique systems for helping dogs learn to overcome various issues with this style of training.
Click ‘Play’ below to listen to the full interview. It’s a quick half hour and will give you a ton of great information on e-collar training. Make sure to take notes.
In this podcast you’re going to learn:
Our goal at our company is to help as many dogs and as many owners as possible. We’re huge advocates of proper e-collar training because we know how humane and helpful it is for dogs and dog owners. We encourage you to get in touch with good trainers like Robin if you are looking for instruction on how to properly use these tools with your dog. Feel free to check out our e-collar training course as well.
At my Salt Lake City dog training company we work with hundreds of dogs per year. One thing that is almost a universal constant, though, amongst our dog training clients is that they have little time to get their dog trained. Life tends to get in the way. Whether it’s work commitments, family projects and activities, hobbies, or other time users it is uncommon that we have a client that has hours a day to devote to their dog training efforts.
What we’ve done over the years is develop a unique, yet simple, system that we call ‘Integration Dog Training’. Although it’s simple in concept it’s a game changer when it comes to getting the results you want from your training efforts.
What it entails is simply ‘training as you go’. It means being ready for training moments as they present themselves and being prepared and proactive enough to recognize those moments and train them. Let me give you an example with a video below:
Was there anything super-profound in this video? Not really. Yet I’ve rarely met the dog owner who has decided on his or her own to start integrating their training. When you integrate your training into your daily life:
So how can you do Integration Dog Training?
There are a few simple things you can do to for this type of dog training:
I wanted to write a quick post to let you folks know that I’ll be coming to Birmingham, Alabama in May of 2013 during the week of May 6th. I’m honored to be invited by Rick Clark of The Barking Zone. Rick has come up with some interesting and unique ways of running his dog daycares and even offers Dog Daycare Franchises for those looking to get into the industry.
Rick and I have gotten to know each other over the years as he has been studying from my dog training DVD’s and we’ve talked about dog behavior and training. I even had the privilege to interview Rick about his business for my marketing radio show for pet business owners.
I’m excited now to be able to come down to his neck of the woods and work with him on his dog training goals but to also work with the dog owners from Birmingham and the surrounding areas on their most pressing dog training issues.
While I’m in Birmingham we’re going to be setting up group sessions and private sessions for local dog owners. Space will be very limited. For those interested please contact us to let us know of your interest and we will update you on availabilities, pricing, schedules, etc.
I’ve become known over the years for standing out with various skills. If you are in need of help in one of these areas I invite you to contact us for more information:
I invite you to come out and enjoy a workshop, private session, etc. Contact us for more information!
I had the privilege to interview JJ Belcher of Sublime K9 in Tucson, Arizona. JJ’s company is doing some really cool dog training classes and activities.
One of those classes is scent work. Scent work (nose work, sniff work, scent training, etc.) is essentially training the dog to use his sense of smell to locate a specific odor amongst other odors.
It can be used to teach a dog to find a scented oil, a cell phone, money, marijuana and other drugs, or a whole variety of other odors.
In this interview you’ll hear from the expert himself on how you can train your own dog at home to learn to use his sense of smell for fun and enjoyable training.
Press play below to listen to the interview:
You’re going to learn tons of stuff from this interview. For example:
This was a fun interview and one that I think is really relevant to today’s dog owners. I find that many dog owners today understand the value of training their dogs to ‘work’ yet most dog owners don’t have dogs that are capable of excelling at herding, agility, protection sports, and other dog related activities that are becoming more popular. In contrast, scent work can be taught to just about any dog, of any age, in any location, with very low cost of entry.
Enjoy the interview, we had fun with it.
I’ve been hanging out on a forum recently where I’ve been speaking with dog training expert, Chad Mackin, of Pack To Basics and DePaw University Canine Campus Inc. in Illinois. I noticed that Chad kept using a term that I hadn’t heard in the dog industry and I wanted to get his take on it.
He kept talking about ‘adrenalized dogs’, ‘dogs in an adrenalized state’, and other terms relating to adrenaline.
Now, I know what adrenaline is, but I hadn’t thought of it’s relation to dog training and dog behavior. I decided to invite him onto the podcast and he was kind enough to lend me a half hour of his life to explain these terms and how they can benefit the every-day dog owner.
Overall, this is just under a half hour of a podcast jam-packed with information and tips for dog training, fixing dog destruction, fixing anti-social behaviors, aggression, and more.
If you’re dealing with any of these issues I recommend you listen with a pen and paper because you will definitely walk away with a few critical changes that you can start making today in order to see more success with your dog tomorrow.
Press play below to listen in. Enjoy!
The following question comes from a reader of our site:
Why are some dogs just flat out scared of men? I have a 2 year old husky and he’s scared of men. I don’t believe there’s any history of abuse. He’ll run away or refuses to come to men and paces back and forth frustrated.
Thanks for this question, Rachel. Dog fear is one of the biggest things I deal with in my company simply because it’s at the root of so many behavior problems. Issues like dog aggression, some destruction, anxiety behaviors, and others all find their root in fear. In order to solve these issues it’s important to understand where these issues come from.
The reality is that there are only two places that dog fear comes from:
It’s the old Nature Vs. Nurture argument that has been waging in the halls of academia forever. In fact, I find it unfortunate that many people these days are ignoring the science when it comes to dog behavior.
These days you don’t have to go far to find certain ‘breed apologists’. Just log on to your Facebook account and you’ll see your dog loving friends posting graphics about how awesome Pit Bulls are and how any aggressive Pit Bull is simply that way because the owner trained it to be that way.
This type of thinking completely ignores basic tenets of dog behavior.
Nearly everyone will agree that both nature and nurture compose the makeup behind temperament, personality, and character. Yet in the case of Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Dobermans, etc. people suspend this understanding in their attempts to protect their favorite breed.
Now, let me set the record straight first of all. I’m a big fan of Pit Bulls, Rottweilers (I own one), German Shepherds (I’ve owned a few) and Dobermans. And I’m not trying to tell you that ANY of these BREEDS are more prone to fear, aggression, or any other sort of behavior. But I will tell you that certain representatives of those breeds (and ALL breeds for that matter) can have larger propensities than others for fear, aggression, and other related behaviors.
I know I’m on my soapbox right now. You may be wondering why I’m off on a tangent about Pit Bulls and other powerful breeds when the question was about a Husky and fear. The reason is that people seem to be willing to accept that fear can cause bad behavior, and many of those same people are willing to accept that a Husky or a Beagle or a Labrador MAY have been born with a greater propensity for fear and that MAY be why they are acting inappropriately. But many of those same people are unwilling to accept that a Pit Bull was born with a fear issue and that is why she is acting aggressively…they seem bound and determined to blame aggression in these powerful breeds on bad owners.
This is a damaging style of thinking, though. Many of our clients own these breeds and we deal with a lot of aggression. Based on what these folks have heard many are convinced that they are awful owners and somehow ‘trained’ their Pit Bull or Rottweiler to be aggressive. The reality is, though, that they’ve been good dog owners (everyone can be better) and they did NOTHING to cause their dog’s fear or aggression. The dog was born with a greater tendency towards aggressive behavior.
The majority of the dog fear that I see for genetic reasons comes from poor breeding. Most breeders these days have no clue how to make pairings that will result in mentally sound puppies. It may be that they are breeding for looks and not temperament, it may be that they are pushing out puppies just to make a buck, or it may be that they are incompetent but these bad breeders have flooded the country with dogs who have weak nervous systems and low thresholds for dealing with stress. And, unfortunately, it is the public who is supporting their efforts by always looking for the best deal.
As I mentioned, though, genetics are just one piece of the puzzle.
Upbringing is also very important. When I’m referring to upbringing I’m typically talking about socialization.
Dogs have what I like to call a ‘socialization window’ between about 8 weeks and 6 months of age where it’s important that the dog receives the correct doses of the correct type of socialization. Errors that lead to the type of fear being described with this Husky typically fall into two categories:
Dog fear comes from what I call a ‘chaos mindset’. That means that the dog isn’t thinking when she’s reacting fearfully, she’s simply giving in to her surroundings.
The opposite of chaos in the natural world is structure, control, etc. With our clients we immediately start on a healthy diet of obedience training to overcome these fear issues. As the dog’s mind learns to focus on structure it can’t also be focusing on the subject of her fear.
Here’s the catch, though. Treat based obedience training or other such ineffective methods don’t get the job done. The only way to overcome big-time fear issues is through advanced obedience training and that simply doesn’t occur with treat training. You need a style of training that properly balances correction with motivation to show the dog that obedience is the rule but it’s also enjoyable.
I’ve recently started working with a dog here in Costa Rica for protection training. The owner wants the dog to be able to protect the family and home in case of a burglary or other invasion.
With a lot of frequency I’m asked how to train a protection dog. At our Salt Lake City dog training company we get several calls a month from people looking to have a guard dog or protection dog. Many might also know that we run a protection dogs for sale company.
The short answer I give most people is, ‘You can’t’.
I don’t say that to be rude or elitist. It’s just a simple reality that nearly every dog out there can not be trained to be a protection dog.
When people call our company looking for this type of training and I tell them the reality I often hear the protests:
- But my dog is really smart.
- My dog is already aggressive.
- My dog wants to please me. He’ll protect me if I’m in danger. If push comes to shove I know he’d protect me.
-He barks at people already so I think he has what it takes.
- I just know that he’s capable.
Again, not to sound like a jerk, but none of these things have any bearing. Let me go through them really quick.
- It doesn’t matter how smart your dog is. Some of our most effective soldiers aren’t terribly bright. (Don’t take offense here. I love our military and am grateful for the men and women who serve. It’s just reality, though, that in any given group there are those who aren’t intelligent.) But they have other drives and capabilities that allow them to be very smart. Don’t get me wrong, if a dog is smart I see that as a good thing but intelligence is very far down on the priority list in how to train a protection dog. It just doesn’t matter that much.
- It never fails that ever month or so we’ll get a call from a certain kind of dog owner. Unfortunately, the modus operandi is often the same. It’s a young guy, he’s got a pit bull or a Rottweiler, and he wants to train his dog to attack on command and brags about the dog ‘already being aggressive.’ This type of dog isn’t capable of being a protection dog. Most of these dogs who belong to these knuckle-heads are poorly socialized, lack confidence, and are acting aggressive out of fear or misplaced territorial-ness. Not the recipe for a loyal defender. Unfortunately, I’ve had very little success in convincing owners of these dogs that they are looking at things all wrong and are better suited for stuffed animal ownership than live animal ownership.
- The BIGGEST myth I’ve seen in protection dog training is that, if a dog loves you, he’ll protect you. You can find message boards all over the internet with this fallacious principle. Does it happen? Do dogs protect their owners out of love? Sure, it happens. I’ve seen news stories here and there of a dog protecting against a home invasion, a robbery, a kidnapping. The truth is, though, that for every one of those stories you show me I can give you a dozen instances of someone breaking into a home and the dog doing nothing. In fact, I’ve even seen a few news stories debunking this entire myth. And while I’m not the type of guy that says ‘well, if it’s on the news it must be true’ I can tell you from personal experience that these experiences are accurate.
Dogs are no different. Very few dogs have the natural drives for real protection and very few dogs have actually been trained to deal with a threat. The absence of those things means that, most of the time, a dog won’t try to defend it’s owner in any meaningful way. Notice I said ‘meaningful’. I say that because many dog owners attempt to call me on this. They’ll tell me how their dog barks at ‘threats’ and acts aggressive. There is a big difference between barking at a problem and offering viable protection.
- Speaking of barking at people, let me address this one. Many dog owners believe that, because their dog barks through the window or gate, that they are protective and will defend if necessary. Not so. The most neurotic, terrified, hide-under-the-bed dogs will bark behind a gate. That isn’t very meaningful in gaging a protection dog candidate.
- ‘I just know that he’s capable’. I’ve heard this one a lot from dog owners who absolutely love their dog and think their dog capable of anything and everything. I love my dogs as well. But I’m realistic in realizing that one is trained for protection and one is trained for getting her ears pulled on by my daughters.
So that leaves the obvious question. What is the reality on how to train a protection dog?
Whenever I sit down with a prospective client and the topic is how to train a protection dog, I always give the example of ‘Karate vs. Military’. Allow me to explain more.
I’ve got a six year old daughter. When she was five she was in karate. It turned out she didn’t like it and she stopped doing it but that is beside the point. She learned in karate how to block, kick, punch and more. She learned angles for how to fall, how to defend, and techniques for various types of attacks.
Was any of it real? Of course not. It was all a game. It was fun and she in no way thought she was in danger.
Now, let’s say she stuck with karate until she was 18. It’s all studio work, mind you, but by that time she’s become very good at Karate. But is it real defense or protection? More than likely it’s not. Put my 18 year old daughter in a dangerous situation and she’s BETTER equipped, had she done Karate for years, than most but it’s still just ‘theoretical’ training at that point that has never been really tested.
Now say, at 18, she goes into the military. Now all that training she has gives her a leg up but now they start putting her in scenarios that are more ‘true to life’. Her training can now hurt her and her self-defense training now takes on whole new layers. Through the reality of the scenarios her background in Karate now gives her viable protection.
We train the same way for protection dogs. In the beginning we employ what is called prey drive. That is the dog’s desire to chase, grab, hunt, etc. We use that to teach the dog how to properly target, bite, and hold onto a towel or sack. From that towel we graduate to a larger bite tug. From the tug we graduate to a leg or arm sleeve. From there we graduate to a body bite suit.
For most dogs, at this point, they ‘appear’ to be protection dogs. In fact, many unscrupulous dog trainers sell dogs like this claiming they are protection dogs when in reality they are dogs that know Karate.
True protection training happens when we take the dog who has learned ‘Karate’ and bring in what is called defense drive. That is the dog’s desire to defend himself, his property, his family, etc. At this stage in the training we make it more real.
This is the reason why most dogs can’t be trained as protection dogs. Very few dogs have the right balance of enough, but not too much, of prey drive and defense drive. Not too many dogs can learn to work with clear heads utilizing those drives in various scenarios.
It’s not likely to find a dog off the street that is capable.
This is what I normally tell most people. In fact, I gave a variation of this same speech when approached by a new friend here in Costa Rica about training his dog for protection.
I told him that it likely wasn’t possible but that we’d give it a try. I was very shocked. He tested great and I’ll be keeping you posted on his progress as he goes along.
The video below shows some of our initial training. It’s in Spanish, so unless you speak it you’ll be left to just the visuals. Enjoy.
Last week I met with a new ‘client’ here in Costa Rica. (I say ‘client’ in quotations because I’m not really getting paid. We’re doing some trade work) You can read the first part of the case study here- How to fix an aggressive dog, case study.
Initially I told you that I was working with a few dogs there. Primarily, we were working with Cleo, a Pit Bull mix, who was aggressive towards other dogs. We were also working with Canela, a friendly little mixed breed who had obedience and manners issues.
It’s only been a week and a half but we’ve already seen some nice things, and also some new challenges, pop up. Here is where we are:
Canela- Canela is about nine months old and is a sweetheart. Here are the key points on her progress and notes on what needs to happen at this stage:
Cleo- Cleo is the Pit Bull mix. She is about four years old and is incredibly dominant. Here are the key points and notes for how she is doing and what she’ll need to work on to become trained.
Ty, I just had to write to tell you THANK YOU! We adopted a roughly three year old female rottweiler about two years ago and have loved having her. She is, however, 100 plus pounds of dog! While we had worked on basic commands, she would not follow them if distractions were present. Thus, they weren’t much good. We’re on week three of using your training videos and the ecollar. It has been wonderful. I only regret that we did not know about or look into this earlier. She walks at a heel, sits, a…
I have tried quite a few programs/trainers in the past and I have be honest in admitting that yours is by far the best I have ever seen. Now for the first time, I believe that I stand a good chance in solving my dogs aggression issue. I am now focusing on the obedience which I ignored and failed to understand how important it to get started and do it the way you have suggested. Yours is more realistic and not theoretical like others. Most miss the structure and way to solve problems. I have a…
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I must say that your videos have helped me enormously. Charlie was hugely leash aggressive but he is now around 98% improved after only a week of me implementing your training methods! Thanks so much,
You will NOT go wrong with Ty as your dog trainer. You’ll only go wrong if you don’t have him help you with your dog. Ty is amazing and knows his stuff! Thanks Ty
Ty, I just wanted to say thanks for the training for Boo. He has just been awesome. He is so much calmer and we have been practicing the things on the list and he is doing great. I thought he was good on a leash when we went walking, but he is tons better now. I love it. I will definitely recommend you to anyone who is having pet issues. Thanks again!
I can’t tell you how much you have made my life a lot more enjoyable as well as my dogs. You truly are a Dog’s best friend. Thank you again.
People are asking us all the time what we have done to get her to obey so well. Well, we have to say all the glory goes to Ty! Thanks Ty I was at my wits ends and ready to give her away and now she is the dog we hoped for! Thank you for turning our terrorist dog into a great family dog- now only if you took teenagers for 3 weeks!!! Thanks!
Ty with DogBehavionOnline.com, helped me so much with the entire doggy process. He helped me along every step of the way, beginning with the breed of dog, to finding a reputable breeder, then finally training our newest family member. Thanks to Ty we don’t just have a dog, we have a great addition to our family.
Hi Ty, Just wanted to check in and let you know that Sierra is doing REALLY well. I am so happy with her and she is so much better behaved. It is nice to be able to sit on my front porch and have her out there with me enjoying things. She is great on trail and responds well. Overall I am so very pleased with the changes your help brought about in her behavior. Take good care and thanks again.