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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-14-2014, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Online courses on protection trianing

I want to become trainer for guard dog training. I have some experience in basic obedience training. Is it possible to become a professional trainer by enrolling for courses offered in distance education mode via tutorial viedo's and reading books. I believe Leeburg offers a number courses online. I am in India. I cannot go to Europe or US to attend practical sessions.

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Sorry, but no. If you want to protection train dogs, you have to know how to take a bite. That comes only from running from the dog (in the suit) and dog taking your arm in to his mouth.

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I would say no. I have recently started helper work at our club. I have been watching our Training Director and other helper from the sideline for months. It's completely different experience when you "see" it verses actually "doing" it. People say, " Oh how hard is it to take a bite from a dog?" A lot more harder than you think. You want to make sure you don't jam the dog AND hurt yourself. You must think of both your's and the dog's safety. There is a lot of small details you must remember, how to read a dog, proper positioning of the sleeve, your feet, stance, etc. Unless you have some with experience who knows what they are doing their to guide you, you could be doing it all wrong. I would try and see about possibly mentoring with a group, to really learn. Good luck!


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Practical application is the only way to learn this. You can't read a book or watch a video and capture what you will see when actually working a dog. You need to be able to read the dog and see every small detail from a muscle twitch, eye movement and what the handler is doing. Even in catching a dog safely takes a tremendous amount of technique. There are other things besides dogs to help with this but ultimately you need experienced dogs to learn on. With out hands on work with the an experienced helper/trainer and some experienced dogs that already understand what to do I don't think it would be successful.
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