Only the NOSE really KNOWS Part 4

Restraint, tapping, sniffing, platz, reward.Be sure to maintain the restraint part of the set up. Handlers sometimes get a little rushed and let go of it too fast.

Police officers form tight bonds with their canine partners


Lodi Police Officer Dee Dee Dutra said goodbye to her partner for the final time last week.

The Dumbbell Retrieve:

First off, the dumbbell is an incredibly important part to the obedience phase of a schutzhund routine. Out of a 100 point Schutzhund 1 obedience routine, the dumbbell is worth 25 points. In the Schutzhund 2 and 3 it is worth 40 points out of a 100. This just demonstrates the importance of a good dumbbell retrieve.

Getting a Grip

At my seminars, I like to address specific training issues the dog handlers feel is their dogs' weakest point in protection. I would say that with the dogs who have already had some protection training, the single most mentioned problem is the issue of gripping technique.

Prey Drive Promotion, Part I

I like to start prey work as early as possible with puppies, usually around ten to twelve weeks old. This allows me to work with all the unspoiled inborn instincts of the dog. I start young puppies the same way I start late starting adults, with a rag or a sack.

Prey Drive Promotion, Part II

Like everybody else who has been involved with dogs for a while, I am certainly aware that training does not always follow the steps outlined in books or videos.


The term, drive, when used in dog training is a departure from the behavioral scientist's understanding of the concept.

Lou's Stake Out Test


My Stake Out Test is designed to test the potential canine (k9) to see what drives he operates in during stressful situations.


You take your dog out of the car, attach his harness and approach the track. The dog takes the scent from the bandanna left at the start and, nose down, begins tracking along the edge of the parking lot.

Scent - Pheremones and Odor

Compare the canine's nose Inside) to the human nose--it is much longer. The olfactory lobe of the canine is many times larger. Therefore, his brain's ability to register different smells is many times greater than ours.