Ok everyone looking for some advice on training books to read up on for my boy Tyson.
First I want to say that I am not planning to jump straight into bite training. Until now I was working with a former Law Enforcement K9 handler to train Tyson but he had to relocate for work. I've not found anyone experienced nearby that can assist in person. I know there are many different methods but honestly the fundamentals are all the same.
OBEDIENCE: I am not new to obedience training. But I do not claim to be an expert either. Tyson has been trained well enough on the simple commands. Example; sit, stay, down, speak, heel. Where Tyson's obedience issue arises is when there is a prey object present. In his case it's a Kong ball. He completely ignores my wife as if she doesn't exist and he will only sit for me. I've never experienced a dog that focuses on the prey object quite like this before. He's focused to point the he almost killed himself once.
Protection: The person I had helping me with this area before believed in doing all training like this off lease. He said "Most attackers use guns now anyway. Is your lease long enough for your dog to reach someone at 25-35 feet? And if you can control the dog off lease that far away then there's no need for one up close."
Now Tyson has no problems biting or releasing when told to. However I am planning to step up his protection training once his obedience is at the level I need him at.
Any advice and research suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Also I have looked into training clubs in my area and found none that don't want 1/3 of my yearly salary for membership.
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