Safety Dogs

Dillan On Scent Box
Belgian Malinois alerts to target scent. Fried chicken is in handbag to the left.

A school safety dog is a proactive layer of security that cannot be matched by any existing technology.

Retractable Leashes

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Thu, 03/21/2019 - 13:27
A leash is ideally a means of humane communication, and if necessary, a tool for effective control. It is difficult to accomplish either function with a retractable leash, as commonly used by pet owners, retractable leashes can be dangerous to the person using it, to the dog on the end of it, to other dogs, other handlers, and innocent bystanders. I caution my clients to watch out for and steer clear of people who are talking on their cell phone while walking their dog on a retractable leash, likewise, to be alert for the people who pay out retractable leash every time their dog pulls, while calling out, "It's OK, he's friendly." Here (following) is the best treatment of the subject I have seen yet.

Rewarding Your Dog

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Mon, 11/12/2018 - 19:51

Sometimes (a lot of times) when people bring their dog for training it's because the dog is not doing what the human wants.

Does the dog understand the desired behavior? Is the dog able to produce the desired behavior? Can the dog associate the behavior with the command? Does the desired behavior earn a better reward than other options?

If you were offered a job that payed better, payed more often, had better working conditions, greater chances for success, and more interesting and meaningful work, wouldn't you take it? And what if you were paid in cash?

Herding Airplanes

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:31

At a job site some years ago I met someone with two Border Collies who were frantic. They were running around as though they were having an anxiety attack, looking for anything they could make move. The first time I saw them focus on anything was when an airplane flew past. And the dogs tried to herd it, too. The fact that the airplane did not comply with their direction appeared to add to their distress.

I asked the owner what was happening and he replied, "Oh, that's just the way they are, they're a little crazy."