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Includes a new chapter on indicating without biting.

Learn how to:

  • Choose the right dog and training method.
  • Train dogs that will out reliably in all situations.
  • Solve common problems in aggression-control training.

Aggression control training requires dogs to think while they are excited and under stress, which is no easy task. Dr. Stephen A. Mackenzie has been teaching and using non-compulsive methods for aggression-control training for more than 30 years. His techniques have worked for hundreds of dogs, and have been used and adapted by many skilled trainers and decoys for their individual circumstances.

K9 Aggression Control provides a flexible approach to aggression control that is rooted in obedience training. You may be someone who uses a muzzle, sees a role for toys and games, and works with a decoy who likes to drop the sleeve, or you might not want a muzzle, toy, or dropped sleeve anywhere near your dog -- either way this book has options for you. It details techniques and variations so you can choose the options you prefer. Dr. Mackenzie also gives decoys sound advice on controlling a dog's excitement level, working with handlers, and making the best use of equipment.

A new chapter in this revised and updated edition shows you how to train dogs to indicate a person's location without biting -- essential for the search and rescue trainer and a real plus for modern police forces looking for ways to reduce liability.

Table of Contents

1. Selecting and Yerkes-Dodson
2. Obedience
3. Indicating without biting
4. The self out
5. The muzzle
6. Toys and games
7. Decoys and equipment
8. Problem solving

Stephen A. Mackenzie

Stephen Mackenzie has been a deputy sheriff for more than 20 years and has been training and handling police service dogs for more than 30 years. A popular seminar instructor, he has testified in both criminal and civil cases as a court-recognized expert in animal behavior. He is currently a professor of animal science at the State University of New York at Cobleskill.