Controlled Aggression

Jerry Bradshaw

Want to learn about K9 obedience, police dog training, learning theory and more? Jerry Bradshaw has been a sports competitor and police dog trainer for 25 years, and as the executive director of the Protection Sports Association he's been around the world competing and training K9s. Welcome to the Controlled Aggression podcast. read less

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Controlled Aggression is an informative podcast for canine trainers. Host Jerry Bradshaw is the author of a book by the same title. He has spent three decades training police K9s and winning canine obedience competitions. Bradshaw is the training director at Tarheel Canine Training. He cofounded the Protection Sports Association and the National Tactical Police Dog Association. Bradshaw and his guests share training best practices and details about upcoming competitions.

The podcast offers advice for each part of the training process. Bradshaw explains sleeve progression for untrained dogs. He cautions against moving "green" dogs to bite suits too soon. Some dogs feel satisfied by chewing on clothes rather than the person wearing them. Bradshaw explains how to choose sleeves with no side-to-side movement so the dog gets a full, firm grip. Listeners learn why a dog should push, not pull, with its bite. They also hear how to establish fixed-action patterns. Bradshaw says dogs don't need to learn how to hunt it's instinctual. They need to practice skills like orienting, stalking, and chasing. Rehearsal is essential for working K9s.

On the podcast, Nathan Hall, Ph.D., shares research about olfaction. He is the assistant professor of companion animal science at Texas Tech University. Hall directs their canine olfaction and research lab. He says the most critical part of his research is determining why dogs get scents wrong. Dogs can detect a single scent when surrounded by thousands of smells. Some can discriminate between similar odors. The most exceptional dogs can match a scent to a blind sample. Bradshaw reveals how he selects dogs with these capabilities. Hall discusses studies on dogs isolating mixed scents in homemade explosives. If a bomb contains ammonium nitrate and sugar, should trainers split the scents? These are the questions Bradshaw and his guests work to answer.

Bradshaw also answers questions from listeners on the Controlled Aggression podcast. He provides opportunities for civilians to compete in canine obedience competitions. Bradshaw leads seminars and demos that are often free for spectators. Listeners hear about these opportunities at the beginning of each show. New episodes arrive periodically.

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Episodes

Ten Common Outing Mistakes
Feb 29 2024
Ten Common Outing Mistakes
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: Drills to teach your dog to give up something to get something.  Utilizing multiple types of reinforcement to increase positive behaviors.  Adjusting e-collar settings to change the type of pressure on the dog.  Differences in different models of e-collars and how your dog may react to them.  Pre-empting the mistakes that you can.    Key Takeaways: A lot of common outing mistakes have to do with e-collars and the misuse of certain functions for outing behaviors.  Consider going lower on stimulation and longer on the taps of the e-collar rather than a high stimulation with an extremely short duration. This will change the type of pressure on the dog.  Avoid habituating your dog to the higher levels of stimulation. These dogs are bred to fight through adversity, you don’t want to stress innoculate the dog to the e-collar pressure.  Try a few different types of e-collars on and see which one they respond better to based on their temperament and the sharpness or bluntness of the e-collar. Experiment and see what works best with the minimum force rule.    "Outs must be rewarded. No behavior will be maintained without some form of reinforcement." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/  Tarheel Canine Student Portal: https://tcstudentportal.com/    Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/  The Drive Company: https://thedriveco.com/  The Drive Company Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedrive.co    Find out more about Hold The Line Conference 2024 at https://htlk9.com/    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
The Role of a Departmental Canine Trainer with John Kirk
Jan 4 2024
The Role of a Departmental Canine Trainer with John Kirk
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw and John Kirk discuss: The benefits of being both a handler and a trainer.  Societal and departmental expectations of a canine unit in a large department.  Creating good training files for handlers and canines.  Utilizing all of your tools appropriately. Procedures, protocols, and manuals.    Key Takeaways: As a trainer, if your hand is off the leash for too long, it does make a difference and both the dog and your trainees will know it.  It is equally as important for handlers and department heads to understand what a dog is capable of and what they are not capable of doing.  As a trainer, you need to be able to speak with both the canine and the handler.  Set up for real-world training, not just for certification training. Create challenging training that will prepare your dog for the street.  Policing is changing, standards are becoming more stringent, and all of that needs to be communicated and supervised closely to ensure everyone stays safe.    "As a trainer, I need to focus on the dog, I need to focus on any improvement that the dog needs. When it comes to training a handler, our goal is to make sure that this handler has the confidence that he needs." —  John Kirk   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/  Tarheel Canine Student Portal: https://tcstudentportal.com/    Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/  The Drive Company: https://thedriveco.com/  The Drive Company Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedrive.co    Find out more about Hold The Line Conference 2024 at https://htlk9.com/    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Upcoming Events in 2024!
Jan 3 2024
Upcoming Events in 2024!
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: All the seminars packed into the first quarter of 2024! The new handler-course-ready dogs from Tarheel Canine! Check out https://streetreadyk9.com/ for all the events on the calendar! Online training available   Key Takeaways: Getting a handler-course-ready dog can save you time and manpower when looking for a new canine.  Great seminars are coming up and include amazing trainers such as Aaron Kemp, Brad Gillespie, and so many more!  For more information about foundational work, check out the Controlled Aggression Audio book!  There are so many ways that you can use 2024 to become the canine trainer that you want to be!   "Our pledge is to keep expanding our knowledge so that we can bring more to you year in and year out." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Find out more about Hold The Line Conference 2024 at https://htlk9.com/    Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/  Tarheel Canine Student Portal: https://tcstudentportal.com/    Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/  The Drive Company: https://thedriveco.com/  The Drive Company Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedrive.co    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Mechanics and Applications of Drive Capping
Dec 7 2023
Mechanics and Applications of Drive Capping
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: Obedience and capping in drive.  Leveraging reward systems and using queues in drive to prepare for capping.  Utilizing different tools and training progressions to properly train drive.  Drive training with different canines.    Key Takeaways: Suppressing the dog’s behavior is not obedience or capping because it isn’t channeling their energy into something. We don’t want to suppress - this creates behaviors we do not want.  Dogs that are dirty in their outings are struggling in their drive capping.  Don’t be scared of the expression - it should not make you nervous. But you want them to also be able to cap and be quiet. Neither should be sacrificed for the other.  Make sure to train your dogs in all situations and around decoys in full kit.    "If all we ever do when we're doing obedience on a dog is just suppress the hell out of them, then we're not doing obedience in drive, nor are we doing drive capping." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Episode References:  The Companion Dog Podcast - https://losthighwaykennels.com/podcast/  The Working Dog Depot Podcast - https://www.doublehcanine.com/the-working-dog-depot  Controlled Aggression - Defensive Dogs in Protection Detection Blueprint Restraining Canine Drives    Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/  The Drive Company: https://thedriveco.com/  The Drive Company Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedrive.co    Find out more about Hold The Line Conference 2024 at https://htlk9.com/    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Preparing for PSA 1 Nationals 2023
Oct 19 2023
Preparing for PSA 1 Nationals 2023
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: Developing training rituals that translate to travel and trial.  Basic positions and notifying judges in basic position variations.  What judges are looking for and the difference between minor errors and larger point losses.  Why consistency, speed, directness, and attention matter during your trail.    Key Takeaways: One of the first things the judge looks for is if your dog is coming onto the field in the right state of mind. As the handler or spotter, you want to be aware of how you are presenting yourself as well. Any time words come out of your mouth, they matter. You do not want to be giving double commands when you’re getting started.  Don’t make handler errors when it isn’t necessary.  Footwork drives what your upper body does. You want your dog to be able to read your body language.    "When I see things that are outside the rules, I have to assume they’re being done on purpose." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/  The Drive Company: https://thedriveco.com/  The Drive Company Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedrive.co    Find out more about Hold The Line Conference 2024 at https://htlk9.com/    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Notes on K9 Certification - Patrol
Sep 14 2023
Notes on K9 Certification - Patrol
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: Understanding the flow channel to make your dog (and you as a trainer) better.  How handlers and trainers decide the skills to prevent to the dogs at different skill levels.  Exceeding the requirements of certification and organizational policy in your training.  Training tools to make for a stronger dog in operational settings.  Setting up building searches for different scenarios, not just bite situations.    Key Takeaways: As the skill levels grow, it is important to have a challenge that fits with that skill to keep your dog engaged and involved with the training.  Obedience for the sake of obedience is not practice.  Obedience is the framework that provides boundaries to a dog’s behavior.  Hands-on removal in policy doesn’t mean you don’t want to practice other releases. If you do a chokehold removal every time, it will create frustration.  You need to train a call off with your dog. It is more than just something that is used in certification, it is a safety skill.    "As your dog’s skill levels increase, you can challenge them more - you can challenge them more with scenarios, you can challenge them more with training." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/  That Scent Dog Box: https://www.thatscentdogbox.com/  That Scent Dog Box Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thatscentdogbox/  That Scent Dog Box Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thatscentdogbox/  That Scent Dog Box TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thatscentdogbox  Hold the Line Conference: https://www.htlk9.com/      Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Notes on K9 Certifications - Scentwork
Sep 7 2023
Notes on K9 Certifications - Scentwork
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: Things you need to know before starting certification.  Having a training methodology that allows for compartmentalization, repetition, and isolation of skills if needed.  Understanding rewards throughout and at the end of the track.  Creating the behavior you want to create and working around distractions.    Key Takeaways: Run your training for certifications like you would run a real scenario.  Pay attention to all directions and information in the scenario briefing.  Be careful not to overvalue the end of the track by always putting a person at the end.  Ritual is going to give you a really good reset when you’re lost. Ritual will also help a dog distinguish when you are on a search rather than just a normal day.    "Context is everything. As handlers and as trainers, we need to start thinking in terms of context. It is possible to have an extremely successful tracking program where the handlers lay some proportion of their own tracks. This allows the handlers to isolate things and skill sets that they need to isolate." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/  That Scent Dog Box: https://www.thatscentdogbox.com/  That Scent Dog Box Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thatscentdogbox/  That Scent Dog Box Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thatscentdogbox/  That Scent Dog Box TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thatscentdogbox      Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Scientific Approach to Off-Leash Control
Jul 28 2023
Scientific Approach to Off-Leash Control
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: Understanding learning theory, types of conditioning, and systems of training. Creating a habit so strong that it will hold up to distractions. Consistency takes knowledge, effort, and discipline. Having a picture in your mind of what is expected, and holding to that standard. Reward is what replicates the habit.    Key Takeaways: If you are struggling with certification level performance, you need to consider reaching out to get some additional help. If you don’t understand theory about how a dog learns, you’re going to run into difficulty in trying to teach a dog anything. Never abandon your training progression just to see what the dog will do. When you have inconsistent training, you have inconsistent behaviors. People who lack goal directed behavior become depressed. Dogs also have goal directed behavior.   "In the grand scheme of things, when you give a command, it happens." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/    Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/  That Scent Dog Box: https://www.thatscentdogbox.com/  That Scent Dog Box Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thatscentdogbox/  That Scent Dog Box Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thatscentdogbox/  That Scent Dog Box TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thatscentdogbox  Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Defensive Dogs in Protection
Jul 27 2023
Defensive Dogs in Protection
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: Having patience with your puppies.  The three types of defensive dogs.  How decoys can affect defense or prey.  Identifying early signs of avoidance in your defensive dog.  Tips for working the dog in defense properly.    Key Takeaways: Once the dog’s foundation work is where you want it, then you can start adding in skills. Don’t rush the foundation work.  All drives have intensity. The intensity will be completely dependent on your experience. Working with and seeing more dogs will give you a better understanding of what is high, medium, and low.  The avoidance threshold does not come out of nowhere. You want to watch carefully for where the defense is breaking down into avoidance.  The younger the dog, the touchier the training will be. The thinner the margin between defense and avoidance, the more difficult it is to train the dog.    "You’d be surprised by what you can get out of defensive dogs when you really understand how to work them." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/  That Scent Dog Box: https://www.thatscentdogbox.com/  That Scent Dog Box Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thatscentdogbox/  That Scent Dog Box Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thatscentdogbox/  That Scent Dog Box TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thatscentdogbox      Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Tarheel Canine Police Dog Info
Jul 15 2023
Tarheel Canine Police Dog Info
Today, Jerry answers your burning questions about the available police and civilian dogs and their training at Tarheel Canine. Tarheel provides trained, duel purpose, explosive, and narcotics dogs of various breeds. They also provide green dogs ready to be trained by your officers. Jerry also explains the different options for handler courses, selecting dogs, your personalized experiences, and the guarantees at Tarheel Canine.    For more information email Jerry at JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com or call the office at 919-774-4152.   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/      Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Drive Suppression v Drive Capping
Jul 13 2023
Drive Suppression v Drive Capping
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: Mistakes made that lead to suppression, avoidance behavior, anxiety, or hesitancy in your canine.  Building thoughtful release behavior into the pressure. Training your dog how to sit when in drive.  Rewarding the capping with something expressive, even if not a bite.  Tips for training drive capping properly.   Key Takeaways: Excitement, expressiveness, and forward movement aren’t wrong. But you want the dog to learn how to hold that excitement in until released, not turn it off.  Suppression happens when you do not allow the release at the end of the wait.  You want to help the dog learn to find the advantage both in the quiet behavior and in the alert or expressive behavior. You want to balance the capping and the expression. The dog needs to understand his advantage at every stage of the drive, including when capped.  When you’re learning capping skills, having a really good decoy who understands capping, who can read the dog, and understands every aspect of the situation is invaluable.    "It is so important to have your dog in the right frame of mind when they go into a building search or an area search when their job is going to be to make an apprehension. And we want to make sure we preserve that state of mind in the process of getting the correctness and the quality of the behaviors that we want." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/  Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine    Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/      Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Sport Culture for Pet Trainers
Jul 5 2023
Sport Culture for Pet Trainers
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: The positive impact PSA and American Schutzhund have had on pet training.  Creativity and innovation in training your dog.  The objective standards of canine sports to create better dogs of all ages.  Getting involved in the culture of canine sport. How sport can change the way you think about dogs.    Key Takeaways: Being part of a canine sport club will allow you to have conversations with other dog owners who are also training their dogs and can make training your pet feel less isolating.  It is the application of ideas that matters. You want to be a trainer that can do, not just talk about doing.  Behind the rules and standards of evaluation, canine sport shows the breeding of the dogs who participate and compete.  The tighter the training, both in pet training and in sport, the better it will be over the long term. The looser the training, the looser it will get over time.    "Part of the culture is you get a sense of place where you have belonging, you’ve got some safety, there’s some humility that has to be shown, you get to share success - nobody does this alone." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/    Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Countering, Pushing & Pulsing Grips
Jun 30 2023
Countering, Pushing & Pulsing Grips
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: Bringing out the traits in your dog that are (or are not) genetically in them already.  The difference between countering, pushing/pulling, and pulsing bite grips.  Working with the dog and not creating an unstable grip through overwork.  Actively teaching your dog when and how to counter, and how and when to fight out of a pressure trap using the different grips.    Key Takeaways: Countering happens when dogs do not get the ideal strike and an ideal grip in the initial bite. You want the dog to be biting all the way back to their molars whenever possible (which can be difficult when the dog is coming in full speed on a decoy).  Biting with the back teeth allows for more leverage power in the jaw which can help with pain compliance even through layers of clothing on a pushing grip in a police dog situation.  The decoy and trainer both need to understand what you trying to get out of each training session with dogs at all stages of development. Training with a puppy is very different from training with an older, veteran dog.  A lot of decoys and trainers are neglecting to teach the dog to counter off of the transition.    "Countering is a very important technique in training a protection dog, but we may go too far in focusing only on that." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/      Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Setting Up Successful Training Sessions
Apr 27 2023
Setting Up Successful Training Sessions
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: Teaching your dog lessons through action, feedback, and prevention.  Understanding the queues that you are creating in your dog.  Planning your training sessions in advance and understanding the variables.  Preparing with the correct equipment and rewards for the training session you are heading into. The importance of evaluating your training sessions, and getting a second pair of eyes on the training and evaluation when possible.    Key Takeaways: Your training session begins as soon as the dog comes out of the kennel, both what is and is not happening matter from that moment on.  You should have reasons for doing everything that you are doing in training. You do not want to create associations with equipment or locations Know the sub-skills that you want to work and the variables inherent in those when you are planning what skills and subskills you are planning on training in each session. Do the research if needed to understand how to support that training and make it better.  You must know what you are doing before you even put your hands on the dog. There is a lot happening and if you don't have a plan things will get chaotic and not go how you want them to go.   "I plan out before I work my dog exactly what I'm going to work on before the session starts so I know what I want to do on the field. Setting up for success is about figuring out what you're going to do before you go and try to do it instead of just going out and doing what other people are doing and mimicking them." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/  Tarheel Canine Student Portal: https://tcstudentportal.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
PSA Rituals and Field Awareness
Mar 9 2023
PSA Rituals and Field Awareness
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: The secrets to success in both the training field and trial field.  Why consistency matters.  Benefits of having an engagement ritual and how it can help provide a reset for your canine.  Variable reward systems and proper reward frequencies.  Advocating for your dog and understanding what is supposed to happen on trial day.    Key Takeaways: You want to have rituals for both you and your dog. If you do it correctly, the trial day is just another training day.  Don’t underestimate the importance of building your dog’s bathroom habits into your rituals. You don’t want them to be relieving themselves on the practice or trail fields.  If your training is going well, you should be getting away from micromanaging their behavior. They need to be able to function without a lot of feedback during trial.  You need to know your dog. Each dog will have a different strategy for parking, getting out of the car, coming on and off the field, etc.  Practice what you will do during the critique. Practice your transitions between exercises. There is more to trial than just the trained activity.    "It is what we develop in training that becomes a habit for trialing." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Building a Relationship with Communication & Emotion with Derek Beckelman
Feb 23 2023
Building a Relationship with Communication & Emotion with Derek Beckelman
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw and Derek Beckelman discuss: Building a relationship of trust with your new dog, both pet and working. Being consistent with the rules with your dog. The emotional nature of dogs and handlers. The clash between attention and anticipation. Increasing the effectiveness of your communication with your dog.    Key Takeaways: Using food, treats, or toys to motivate, especially in the early stages of building the relationship is not a bad thing. But you want to avoid becoming a treat dispensing robot. There are two sides to training - classical and operant. You do not want to focus only on operant conditioning and forget about the aspects of classical conditioning that can help with your training. Dogs will try to anticipate everything. We, as humans, fall into routines. These can clash and create conflict within the training. Training can be frustrating. But the dog just wants to do dog things. You can’t get mad at them for being a dog. You have to pay attention to where your dog’s head is at in any given moment. Sometimes they aren’t listening, not because they don’t want to, but because they cannot due to other circumstances.    "It's not up to me how quickly a dog makes progress. It's up to the dog. But as long as we're paying attention, and we're reading what the dog is trying to tell us is going on, we can make jumps and progress when they're ready. But you have to see it. You have to feel it, and that just takes experience." — Derek Beckelman   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Episode References:  Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior by Roger Abrantes - https://www.amazon.com/Dog-Language-Encyclopedia-Canine-Behavior/dp/0966048407  Excel-erated Learning by Pamela Reid - https://www.amazon.com/Excel-erated-Learning-Explaining-plain-English/dp/1888047070  How Dogs Learn by Mary Burch - https://www.amazon.com/How-Dogs-Learn-Mary-Burch/dp/1630260398  Info Every Dog Trainer Should Know by Will Garrido - https://www.amazon.com/Info-Every-Trainer-Should-Know/dp/1653816155  The Decoy Book by Will Garrido - https://www.amazon.com/Decoy-Book-Collaborations-Some-Industry/dp/B08T6YGWSD/  On Talking Terms with Dogs by Turid Rugaas - https://www.amazon.com/Talking-Terms-Dogs-Calming-Signals/dp/1929242360/  Mia Skogster - https://inspireurdog.fi/trainings      Contact Derek:  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/derekbeckelman/     Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Notes on Neutrality
Feb 9 2023
Notes on Neutrality
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: The importance of neutrality in all aspects of dog training (not just obedience).  Creating reflexes, capping at the right time, and building a powerful dog.  Reversing reflex actions with desensitization - and doing it properly.  Developing behaviors then pushing the threshold.  Training neutrality at your PSA club.   Key Takeaways: Create more neutrality than you need for the level that you are in.  Capping is the first stage in creating neutrality and allows the dog to hold on to the emotionality for a short period of time before they express it.  Start training neutrality with dead equipment. You can start training capping around the objects on the ground.  Training neutrality will work at different paces and through different variables depending on your dog. Be patient, maintain technique, and don’t rush.    "Different dogs will be more or less susceptible to creating neutrality. Don’t compare your dog to others. Twitchy, reflexive, or defensive dogs are going to be tougher to manage neutrality in." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Prior Episode References:   Attention, Direction, & Draw - https://controlledaggressionpodcast.com/2022/03/attention-direction-draw/  Observations on Control Commands: Drive Capping - https://controlledaggressionpodcast.com/2022/10/observations-on-control-commands-drive-capping/    Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/      Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Feedback, Confidence, & Corrections
Jan 5 2023
Feedback, Confidence, & Corrections
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: The impact of the e-collar and social media on dog training. Making and molding behaviors. Variable reward schedules and recourse for non-compliance. Changing the problem to clarify the problem when there is a lack of understanding.    Key Takeaways: You’re looking for about an 80-20 rule - with 80% compliance - you can look to start moving to the next training session and work on a different type of system to clean up the final 20%.You want the dog to understand the behavior in a number of contexts before saying it is learned. Many handlers are staying too long in the guiding correction, negative reinforcement phase of training. You need to understand what frame of mind your dog is in when you are training. If he is not in the right frame of mind to make a good decision, it needs a different correction than willful disobedience.   "I’ve found that in a lot of these discrimination exercises, what I'm battling more than anything else is stimulation and lack of clarity because of that stimulation the dog is trying to deal with. And sometimes pressure or pain, however you want to term it, can increase that stimulation that the dog is feeling in that moment and create an even more stimulated animal." —  Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/      Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Simple Patrol K9 Scenarios
Nov 3 2022
Simple Patrol K9 Scenarios
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses: Setting up simple patrol scenarios to figure out what your dog needs to work on. Tracking, searching, and engaging in muzzle.Benefits and challenges of different types of scenarios.    Key Takeaways: Your dog may need context cues if they are going into a scenario that looks like it may be something else.Throughout entire scenarios, your dog tells you information with their behavior and body language to tell you where it is even if they don’t know exactly what it is they are looking for and don’t give you a final response.There is a process for teaching your dog targeting. Practicing discrimination exercises can help with that. You want to make sure to deal with any threats before you get deep into the building. If you miss threats when you are going into a situation, you may leave threats behind you, sandwiching yourself between two or more threats.    "When you're trying to hit a bunch of different areas in an eight-hour period of time, that doesn't leave you a lot of time to do each thing. And so sometimes setting up fairly simple scenarios can be the way to go." — Jerry Bradshaw   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training: www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube: tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon: patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/      Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/        Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.
Brad Gillespie: Gunfire Training
Oct 26 2022
Brad Gillespie: Gunfire Training
In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw and Brad Gillespie discuss: Typical reactions from dogs to gunfire. Understanding the operational requirement of the dog that you are working with to use the best technique for training.Minding your sequencing with training the gunfire training.Being mindful of canine audiology in inside and outside training with gunfire and other loud noises.   Key Takeaways: Gunfire should be background, it should not be a queue to do anything for the dog. You can create neutrality to the gunfire by firing shots from a distance, initially, while the dogs are eating. Utilizing food in the training can keep the activity levels low in a way that toys or other rewards may increase drive and activity when trying to create the neutrality.Google decibel levels of hearing damage and look at the decibels on the devices you are using. You can make things loud for long periods of time without paying attention because of your hearing protection, but your dog doesn’t have that same protection and it can cause unexpected consequences.   "A lot of folks get wrapped around the gunfire itself, but don't take the time to condition and make everything else neutral. Gunfire is one thing, and it's really just noise, but the movements, the drawing of the pistol, the yelling, all of those things create a lot of problems as well." —  Brad Gillespie   Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com     Connect with Brad Gillespie:   Website: CanadianPoliceCanine.com   Contact Jerry: Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com Youtube:  tarheelcanine Twitter: @tarheelcanine Instagram: @tarheelk9 Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression Slideshare: Tarheel Canine Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine  Tarheel Canine Seminars: https://streetreadyk9.com/    Sponsors:  ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com Superior Canine Website: https://superiorcanine.ca/  Aaron’s Superior Canine Email: aaron@superiorcanine.ca  Superior Canine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superiorcanineinc  Superior Canine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superiorcanineinc/      Train Hard, train smart, be safe.     Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.