Originally Posted by /-\dam
Great dog, solid black and about 120isg pounds......he is a big boy lol.
One of the handlers in my class has a shep thats 87 pounds... hes ****ing HUGE!
[quote=DINNER_CAT;70063522]No but its a job I'm interested in care to elaborate.
Originally Posted by the_silly_taco
no but i would like to start learning how to train different working dogs.
Certainly I can elaborate a bit.
The military uses many different dogs. We use smaller breeds for SSD (Specialized Search Dogs) and other Medium build dogs as well (Weimriener, Labs, etc). This is a whole different course so I wont get into that mainly because I know really nothing on it.
However, the military also uses certain breeds as Military Working Dogs (MWDs). The two breeds we use are German Shepards and Belgian Malinois. These two dogs have the keenest noses and, im guessing, have the most responsive Handler/Dog understanding. Im still pretty new at this but I will try my best to articulate what ive been learning the past month.
Basically, dogs can learn on two main aspects. They either learn on compulsion (obeying commands due to the fear of correction) and through Inducive training (Dog obeying commands fearing>or resenting) that they will not be rewarded. Most dogs prior to the implementation of Clear Signals Training (CST) have been compulsion type dogs; driven to obey the handler in fear of being corrected with the choke chain and leash. Compared to CST, compulsion builds more stress on the dog whereas CST is a more stress-free enviornment and is condusive for training and performing. The main point of CST is to accomplish the task without putting the dog on so much stress.
In our class we have a mix of both CST and Compulsion driven dogs. We have both german shepards and belgian malinois. The older dogs are more Compulsion than CST and the newer "pups" are CST. My dog is 2 years old and is CST... frankly... I dont like CST. I havent had very many good training situations partly because of the dogs inexperience.
Now, all dogs certify on both "patrol" and on "detection". A dog can be either an explosives dog or a drug dog. You cannot train a dog to detect both explosives odors and drug odors... to MY knowledge. We have yet to cover detection so this is all I can really say about that aspect of being a dog handler.
It is rewarding when you handle a dog and he does what you want and you train him to perform certain tasks... however it can be very aggravating and stressful. Sometimes I wonder if I made the right choice, however, I love learning what I am learning. It is a HUGE responsibility and is something I am going to love doing more down the road.
If you want more information about being a K9 handler in the miltary please PM me and I will help articulate it better for you.
TL;DR: Dogs bite and smell stuff... but mine can do it when I tell it to