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Dog Training With Ozdogtrainer

Hi and welcome to my dog training blog.  This has been a few years in the making.  I was a Police Dog Handler with the Queensland Police Service, in Australia for 14 years and I was actually a police officer for 18 years.

I left the service to find some sanity in my life, catch up on 18 years of sleep, nights at home and weekends with my family.

Police Dog Buck

Police Dog Buck

Police Dog Buck

During my 14 years as a Police Dog Handler, I handled 4 police dogs.  My first Police Dog Handler was a Rottweiler called Buck.  Unfortunately, poor old Buck was a little lazy.  It didn’t help that we had to work in a place called Townsville, in North Queensland which can get very very hot.  He lasted 2 years at which time a decision was made to retire him.  I kept Buck as a pet and my wife had a very well trained house dog to protect her at night.

 

Police Dog Zac

Police Dog Zac

Police Dog Zac

I then had a German Shepherd called Zac.  A pretty little thing, but unfortunately, Zac lacked…..courage.  In case you’re wondering, all of our dogs back then were donated, so members of the public gave their problem dogs to the Police to become Police Dogs.  Zac didn’t last too long.  I had a few nights which required him to be brave, but alas, a machete wielding maniac charging me whilst the dog ran past all the media, other police and onlookers back to the sanctity of my police van was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  He was retired and a police officer took him as a pet

 

Police Dog Geordie

Police Dog Geordie

Police Dog Geordie

Then came Geordie.  Geordie was a German Shepherd/Rottweiler cross, but looked more like a German Shepherd.  I had Geordie for 8 years.  During that time, Geordie located over 300 offenders for a variety of offences.  There will be many stories about Geordie and I in the future on this blog.  He was a General Purpose dog.  By that I mean, he was trained in tracking, man work (biting), drug detection, property searching and cadaver detection (location of human remains).

 

 

Police Dog Dutch

Police Dog Dutch

Police Dog Dutch

Geordie then was diagnosed with a tumor and had to retire where I kept him as a pet until he passed away.  Once he retired, I had a little pup I had bought and one I was grooming to replace Geordie then took up the role.   Dutch was a a little young when he started at just 14 months of age.  I handled him for another 18 months when I decided to call it quits.  Dutch was retrained with another dog handler and went on to become one of the best Police Dogs in Queensland.

Dog Training For You

Now I help dog owners with their own dog training and help them with their behaviour problems.  This site will have information on dog training, overcoming dog problems

I will also have reviews of  dog training products as well to determine if they can assist the dog owner.

I will also have information about police dogs and some stories about the times I was a police dog handler.

This site is in the format of a ‘weblog’ so that each time I post new information, it will come to the top of the front page. This means that you can check back here frequently to see new updates to the information found here.

You can navigate through the site by using the menus on the sides of the page. Also don’t hesitate to follow the links you see in bold throughout each post to learn more about the product being spoken about.

I have also released a complimentary report called, The 3 Hidden Dog Training Secrets….click on the link below to get it.

3 Hidden Dog Training Secrets

All the best,

Glen Wilson

 
7 Comments
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  2. Hello, I have a 6 month old English bulldog who is afraid of everything. She will just be sitting there on her bed, then hop up running for her life for shelter, and looking for shelter. At the sound of paper, plastic, or any of the such, she runs and hides under tables and chairs. If no shelter is around, she runs for any opening almost like a rat when the light comes on. She recently started wetting in the house and she doesn’t bark or go near the door whenever she has to go outside. All she does is start looking for a place to go and we have to open the door to let her out the moment she starts sniffing around. If she wets in the house, she immediately runs for a hiding place. On all of the occasions that I have mentioned, when we get near her, she trembles out of fear and recently started wetting. The trembling goes on for hours sometimes even if she falls asleep. The other thing we noticed after she was recently spayed, she started barking, nipping, and showing aggressive behavior towards us at times. She sleeps in a place separate from the family. Her normal place of sleep is in her crate located in our living room. She’s not allowed to roam the house at will, and any time she exhibits aggression, she is placed into her crate for an hour at a time. She’s been through obedience training, she knows and reacts to most commands as ordered. What could be wrong and is there anything that we could do?

  3. She sounds like a skittish dog. I would look at maybe getting a thundershirt just to calm her down, then immediately begin clicker training with her. Once you have the foundations of clicker training in place, you can download some noises to play on your computer or ipod/iphone and do clicker training with those noises playing in the background. You will see a video on this page http://www.ozdogtrainer.com.au/how-to-stop-barking-dogs-when-it-starts-becoming-a-problem/ where the owner uses clicker training to counter condition her dog to the noise of the washing machine. Also take notice of the dog’s threshold and how at one stage, she got too close.

    Clicker training is an excellent tool to use for counter conditioning processess. Good luck.

  4. What a great page… thank you for connecting with me through twitter, your page must be shared…. love it.

  5. Thanks Helene, glad you like it.

  6. Hi Glen
    You are very kind and generous to share your expertise with all. Thank you.
    We have a 3-year old male ‘redheaded’ Lakeland terrier, who until recently was generally well behaved, with the exception of having the MOST penetrating, maniacal, unstoppable and irritating bark! Three days ago my husband decided to trial throwing an old choke chain onto the ground while saying ‘no barking’. The chain was only thrown once. Now if our quiet companion starts to bark; we collect the chain in hand and simply say ‘no barking’. This has worked beyond comprehension. He is an intelligent and dutiful little dog, but we are just amazed by this quick response. Is there a known reason or dog psychology to explain how the chain hitting the ground works so effectively? Why is this so?
    Thanks from a dog’s best friend
    Angela

  7. Well done Angela. This is know as aversion therapy. Dog’s do things that are reinforcing. Hence, your dog was barking, it was delivering him some kind of pleasure, or satisfying a hard wired need.

    What you husband did was interrupt the barking with an aversion, something that he didn’t like. This probably startled him. Whilst throwing the chain, your husbands tonal command “No Barking” (for all intents and purposes, he could have said blah blah) but probably, the tone in which it was delivered along with the immediate following of the chain throwing was enough for the dog to associate the tonal command with the chain.

    This is know as conditioning. Now, when your dog hears/sees the chain, along with “No Barking” the dog has associated these steps to the continuation of the events, the chain to be thrown. The dog now knows, do not go any further. The dog has been conditioned that barking, brings picking up of chain, “No Barking”, chain thrown.

    Now, there are a number of ways to user can use an aversion. One is to use consistent conditioning, useing consistent association. The other is the hotplate. A hotplate is dependant on

    1. The relationship between the dog and it’s owner
    2. The drive or hardness of the dog

    3. The strength of the behaviour that the dog is exhibiting
    3. The hotplate technique being used

    In your situation

    1. The relationship is right and established
    2. The drive of the dog was sound, not excessive
    3. The strength of the behaviour was normal
    4. The chain technique was spot on

    You had the perfect storm, and it worked well. This technique might not work on other dogs, and I find that not every technique works on all dogs.

    Congratulations on finding a solution to your problem with your dog. I know as a dog trainer, once an annoying behaviour is strong in a dog, the relationship with the dog and it’s owner can be strained.

    For instance, if the relationship between

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