K9 Decoys and Aggression

A good decoy is a K9 trainer's most valuable tool. A good decoy can make a poor dog better, a mediocre dog good, and a good dog excellent. A poor decoy, on the other hand, can have devastating effects, ruining even a good dog.

Stephen Mackenzie, professor of animal science and deputy sheriff with more than 30 years' experience training and handling police dogs, shows you how to master the art of being a decoy in this revised and updated new edition. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively with your canine partner and how to stimulate specific types of aggression in the dog in a safe, positive way. This guide is essential reading for all decoys, including both instructors and students. It will improve the effectiveness of all K9 personnel, handlers, and trainers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Contents 6
1 The Role of the Decoy 8
2 Physical Requirements 12
3 Canine Communication 15
4 Human-Canine Communication 40
5 Canine Aggression 50
6 Stimulating and Rewarding Canine Aggression 76
7 Basic Skills 89
8 Common Procedures 108
Notes 160
Index 161
Author Biography 164