This week’s Pack Bushwalk is going to be about 5.5km, take around two hours and incorporate some steep terrain. Most of the walk is fairly level, but the start and consequently the end will have a steep gradient. The forecast for Saturday is for a 50% chance of up to 3mm of rain and possibly a storm. If the rain is light or in the afternoon, we will be hiking, otherwise, I’ll have to cancel the event.
Weekly Dog Bushwalk
Adding to my dog group activities list, I’m adding a Saturday bushwalk. These walks will be planned along paths, not cross country. If there is interest in cross country dog walks I’ll do that as a separate activity. These walks will occur rain or shine, though I will call them off for hail or heavy storms. Though these are group activities, bushwalking does incur risks and you will need to ass…
Starting in February we have two group dog training sessions located in Caboolture. Our playgroup stretches the dogs’ minds and bodies. The group protection dog training works on grip conditioning, skills development, and scenario training. Group Dog Training sessions run for one hour, playgroups are on Tuesday from 5 pm to 6 pm and protection dog sessions are Fridays 4 pm to 5 pm. Purchasing one of the below products gives you four attendance tickets to the relevant sessions. Four weeks of training for each purchase.
Our dog playgroup gives you and your dog a chance to have fun around other dogs in a safe and controlled environment. We will do agility, coursing, scent games and other activities that stimulate your dog’s brain and body. These events are not for training consultation, though there will be some guidance given to dogs and handlers for activities they haven’t encountered before. You are expected…
This week’s protection dog training session will be held on Thursday 19th, August at the Caboolture Show Grounds. For new dogs, we will work on drive development and basic skills. For experienced security working dogs we will work on some patrol scenarios. For experienced personal protection dogs, we will work on ambush tactics.
Police and Security Officers are familiar with the Use of Force Continuum. There are some critics of the utility of the Use of Force Continuum. The argument against it is that it encourages officers to utilise a higher level of force than necessary because it’s often taught as a gradient. i.e. start low and end high. However, I find that is a result of poor training and understanding of the continuum. The Use of Force Continuum doesn’t require you to only escalate, if your attacker brings their level of aggression down, you can bring your level down too. The advantage of the continuum is it gives you a framework for making decisions in the heat of the moment and a common language that is often taught to jurors so that you can justify your actions later.
The levels of Force Continuum are below.
Presence – The presence of your dog is the first level of the Force Continuum. The goal here is that simply having your dog next to you prevents an attack.
Verbal – Your warnings towards a threat and the dogs barking are the Verbal level. The idea here is that you can deter or negotiate your way out of an attack before using force.
Open Hand – This could be pushing a person out of your space or having your dog lunge to the end of their lead to create space. If you don’t have a dog, you have more options in this space. However, controlling a dog takes up one of your hands.
Closed Hand – This is when you start punching, kicking, and your dog muzzle strikes.
Weapons – Some versions of the Force Continuum distinguish between “non-lethal” and “lethal” weapons. I think this is problematic because all weapons have the potential to be lethal. Dog Bites fall into the category of weapons and can potentially be lethal as they are causing grievous bodily harm.
It’s important for everyone to be aware of this continuum and to think about your actions during a conflict and your defence afterwards. Because even if you’re attacked and defend yourself, you may have to justify your actions to a court. Failure to justify your actions could result in legal and civil penalties and the destruction of your dog.
I am absolutely not a legal expert. I’ve read the Queensland Criminal Code and had to attend multiple Use of Force training sessions as a Security Officer. One company I worked for asked their lawyers to determine appropriate uses of force for specific arbitrary situations and the advice from the lawyer made no tactical sense whatsoever. And that advice failed to take into account the Use of Force Continuum.
In my opinion, when faced with a threat your safety comes first legal ramifications come second. I’ve utilised this continuum successfully in my work as a security officer for over ten years. Using this continuum has allowed me to resolve most conflicts without violence and I’ve never been taken to court over any of my actions as a security officer. I am only aware of one case where a dog has bitten someone in a conflict situation that resulted in prosecution and I believe that was a civil case as the offender didn’t have enough for a criminal case against the handler.
We train ourselves and our dogs for the worst-case scenario so that we don’t experience that scenario. But our skills are subordinate to our tactics. We need to keep in mind how we enter and plan to end a conflict so that both our dogs and we are safe and free afterwards.
If you’d like to discuss protection dog training with me, contact me below.
I’ve started regular protection dog training days at the Caboolture Show Grounds. I’ll be training on opposite Thursdays and Saturday. Thursday training is 1400hrs (2pm) and Saturday training is 1000hrs (10am). The first Thursday training session will be 22nd July and will be every fortnight after that. The first Saturday session will be 31st July and every fortnight after that. The Caboolture protection dog training sessions will run for one hour.
The training session will start with some obedience/control work. We will also work on any socialisation and dog reactivity issues here. After our obedience work, we will move onto protection work. Protection training will depend on the dog being trained.
Our protection training will focus on:
I can accommodate special requests within reason. I hope to develop an advanced combat skills program that will include bite transitions, muzzle fighting, and multiple opponents. However, I’ll need consistent attendance to make this worthwhile.
So, I’m about to start weekly or fortnightly Protection Dog Training around the Morayfield-Caboolture area. This training is perfect for Security Working Dogs or Personal Protection Dogs. I’m currently looking for a suitable location for training.
Once a location has been found, I’ll be able to offer development training up to advanced scenarios. I’ve worked and trained security working dogs to work in public areas. So, I’m excited to offer this service.
So, if you’re interested in this training or any of my other services send me a message.
Last week my Security Working Dog Fred had reached the end of his life. He was always a faithful companion and a true professional. He never once let me down. I published his biography on my personal blog page. I would appreciate it if everyone could read his biography. It’s his memorial and the way I’m honouring his memory.