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Personal protection puppy training
From a training standpoint we detail the work up through teaching a young dog to bite leg sleeves. I went to my first protection training seminar in summer of 1974 and can honestly say that the training in this DVD is the most in depth study on the foundation of bite training for puppies that has ever been done.
The video footage for this production has come from work with Michael Ellis that has been filmed over a 4 year period. If you have studied the 7 earlier DVDs I have done with Michael Ellis, you will understand why I can honestly say that Michael is a genius at dog training. In this 4 hour DVD, we will cover the foundation of bite work for the first three categories. The video opens with a lecture from Michael explaining his theory of the foundation of protection training puppies. Michael does not believe in training dogs that are not genetically capable of doing the work. Michael believes that we are doing a great injustice to a dog by forcing it into protection training when it does’t want to do the work. Michael goes on to explain what type of temperaments various puppies have that benefit from pre-teething training and which puppies are better off having their work done after teething. Michael teaches his students how to recognize and establish a genetic baseline for their dogs. Trainers and decoys must recognize these baselines if they are ever going to establish a bite training program that is tailored for their dogs. Michael trains dogs with harnesses but does not introduce a young puppy to the harness and leash until its conditioned to wearing both in protection work. There are a number of things that handlers should do themselves to prepare their puppies for protection training. We also have a chapter on the “Role of the Handler during Protection Work.” The fact is, it is the handler’s responsibility (not the decoy) to keep and maintain the flow of training. We have a chapter in the DVD in which Michael explains “Teaching Your Puppy Man Orientation.” Man orientation is NOT DEFENSE.


During protection work, the decoy will introduce a puppy to what we call “opposition reflex to the decoys hands.” This is a learned exercise and one that starts with very young dogs and continues on into young adulthood. One of the goals of early training is to teach the young dogs to bite and look for the decoy in the equipment. Early in the video, Michael explains the process of bringing a young puppy up through the various equipment used in training.
We included a chapter on teaching decoys the correct form in how to take leg bites on leg sleeves. We have a chapter in what trainers need to do to eliminate “equipment bias.” Equipment bias occurs when a dog will only bite certain training equipment.
The fact is there are a lot of police service dogs that are working the street that have equipment bias. We close the DVD with a chapter by showing how to help dogs that have experienced a bad foundation in other systems of training. We want to emphasize that new trainers should watch and study the work in this production many many times – like 20 or 30. So in reality this DVD teaches trainers how to train young puppies on up to young dogs that are 12 to 16 months old. We have dogs in this video that were filmed as 10 week old puppies that are 4 years old today. We will cover, in step by step detail, the foundation of bite work with 8 week old puppies up through teaching adolescent dogs to bite arms and legs on leg sleeves. He discusses the various temperaments of dogs and he talks about what dogs should and should not be trained.
In fact, one of the chapters of the video shows dogs that should never be protection trained.
To effectively train a dog in bite work, the trainers must know exactly what their dogs’ genetic likes and dislikes are in biting. We have a chapter in the DVD on the foundation work that handlers should do before their puppy is introduced to a decoy.


It is the handler’s responsibility to keep his dog facing the decoy, to not put equipment on the ground and thrash it and to maintain focus for the work. Many sport trainers have been taught to simply kick the equipment away from their dog after the dog OUTs. Just as importantly, they need to learn when and why to give a loose leash so the dog can re-grip (called a COUNTER) into the bite. Man orientation is an exercise in which the puppy is trained to keep his focus on the decoy and not the equipment. By teaching this skill correctly, the young dog will learn to automatically bite harder when exposed to a serious decoy who attempts to man handle the dog. The work we are showing will not only help handlers train their dogs, it should be used by decoys to learn how to properly train young puppies and adolescent dogs. The decoys will learn proper presentation and how to safely place a dog on the front lower part of the leg. It’s not uncommon to see dogs that have come up in other training styles only want to bite soft arms and won’t bite hard arms, or dogs that will only bite jute equipment and won’t bite linen. These dogs will bite a man in a suit like an alligator but won’t bite a real criminal without any training equipment.
We understand that this is a lot of hours, but with that said there is a lot to learn to do this training correctly.
At the end of the training in this DVD the dogs will be ready to go onto a body bite suit or they will be ready to learn advanced training skills and exercises that are needed in the biting dog sports. When the work in this DVD gets into training clubs and the hands of serious dog trainers, there will be a lot fewer dogs with problems in this work. When dogs bite with their eyes to the inside of the leg their neck is turned and they run the risk of injury if the decoy kicks out.



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