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What is a Working Dog?

There are many classifications of working dogs these days; Working Dogs, Sporting Dogs, Pets, Curs.  But what is a working dog, really?  Once upon a time, all dogs were working dogs. Consider the names of the breeds: retrievers, pointers, shepherd’s … Continue reading


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The Similarities and Differences of Sport Dog Competition and Real World Protection.

Lest I be misunderstood, I am not saying that there is no place for Sport Dog Competitions.  I am also not saying that people who participate in Sport Dog Competitions are somehow bad or inferior.  What I do hope to … Continue reading


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Dogs of War – Mouth-to-Arm Combat

There is a lot of interest, as of late, in hand to hand combat. The military has trained their soldiers in it for as long as there have been soldiers. Law Enforcement Officers also spend a lot of time learning … Continue reading


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Dogs of War – Why the Navy SEALs would use Dogs as a Force Multiplier?

This is part one in a 5 part series I am writing for ITS Tactical on the use of dogs in Special Forces.  Stay tuned for the rest in the series… With the recent news release about a K-9 being part of … Continue reading


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Maritime Operations with K-9 – Aboard Ship

This article is written by a guest author– Disclaimer: The following information is for informational purposes only.  This information is accurate to the best ability of the author.  However, we can not anticipate or assume your level of conditioning or … Continue reading


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Dog Breeds and Titanium Teeth

There has been some wild speculation about what breed of dog was used in the assault on the Bin Laden compound and if there were surgical modifications to said dog. There are several breeds that are commonly used and fully … Continue reading


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Can Dogs be integrated into the Navy Seals?

I began talking about using dogs for this sort of application in the military and law enforcement almost 10 years ago.  I saw the potential for these dogs and their application in almost every aspect of life, to include the … Continue reading


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Pillar #12 Anything a Soldier, LE Officer or Tracker Can Do, They Can Do With a Dog

This pillar is closely related to Pillar #11, but is more of the practical.  Previously we discussed the concept that you SHOULD integrate your dog into your life.  But this pillar states that you CAN do it.  If you are … Continue reading


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Pillar #11 – Dogmen must integrate dogs into everything they do

If you desire to be a Dogman, you must learn to integrate dogs into everything that you do.  Dogs have so many different ways that they can be useful to men, and it is the desire of every Dogman to … Continue reading


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Pillar # 9 – Dogs are Affected by the Fall of Man

Scripture tells us that, “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the … Continue reading


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Pillar # 7 – Dogs are Not Humans

On the surface, this would seem like an obvious statement.  But when considering dog training, it is worth discussing.  Increasingly, more and more people are treating their dogs like children and children like dogs.  This is the sad reality of … Continue reading


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Pillar #6 – You Are Responsible for Everything Your Dog Does or Fails to Do

“If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox [shall be] acquitted. But if the ox were … Continue reading


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Pillar #3 – Discipline and Control

I am always amazed at people who expect discipline and control out of their dogs, but they are completely undisciplined and out of control themselves.  In order to be a good Dogman, you must develop in yourself, discipline and control.  … Continue reading


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Pillar #2 – One Direction – One Correction

I can not tell you how many times I have seen handlers repeat commands over and over to their dogs without giving a correction.  For anyone who deals with dogs in potentially life threatening situations, including search and rescue, this … Continue reading


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Pillar #1 – Consistency

Many dog owners, military and law enforcement handlers and SAR trackers are very frustrated with their dogs because of their lack of consistency.  Many who work with dogs simply refuse to deal with their dogs unless they are on the … Continue reading


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The 12 Pillars of Dog Training

Many of you reading this will wonder what several of these pillars really have to do with training dogs.  But never fear, I will cover each of these in detail over the next several weeks.  In the meantime, think about … Continue reading


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Integrating Dogs into the Warrior Mindset

In our last article, “What does it take to truly defend yourself?” many of you may have been asking yourself, what does this have to do with dog training?  Allow me to explain why it is so important to discipline … Continue reading


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What does it take to truly defend yourself?

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Have You Deprived Your Dog of Practical Agility?

I am always surprised when I hear Law Enforcement and Military handlers tell me that they don’t need advanced agility training.  In my opinion, if you are not occasionally putting your agility training to the test in the real world … Continue reading


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Should I Track With My Dog?

I run into a lot of people who have misunderstood impressions about tracking.  From the average person, they are intrigued, but don’t feel that the effort is worth the time.  From the SAR volunteer, they think that there is essentially … Continue reading


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My Brothers in Arms

Friends, today I am very saddened.  As most of you know I am currently still in the military and I am also a certified law enforcement officer in Florida.  Over the last few months, there have been a significant number … Continue reading


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New Video Post – Shoulder Your Dog

In this video, I explain how and why to shoulder your dog and then show you a demonstration for actually putting your dog on your shoulders.  I am currently filming videos that require you to have your dog shouldered.  Make … Continue reading


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What is the Purpose of Agility?

Many dog owners avoid training their dogs in agility because whenever they imagine agility training, they picture the various images of agility competitions they have seen in so many dog magazines.  While these images do certainly depict dogs negotiating obstacles that … Continue reading


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Integrating Discipline when Playing with Your Dog

Frequently people ask me, “Do you ever play with your dogs?”  This is usually a response to the required discipline that I have of my dogs, as well as myself.  They act as though requiring obedience is somehow harsh and … Continue reading


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Letter Re: I Don’t Want My Dog to Bite

I recently received the following letter reference my article, “I Don’t Want My Dog to Bite.” “I wanted to tell you, I read your blog post about the idea that all dogs bite and will say, I used to be … Continue reading


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