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Want to learn about K9 obedience, police dog training, learning theory and more? Jerry Bradshaw has been a sports competitor and police dog trainer for 25 years, and as the executive director of the Protection Sports Association he's been around the world competing and training K9s. Welcome to the Controlled Aggression podcast.

Controlled Aggression Jerry Bradshaw

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Want to learn about K9 obedience, police dog training, learning theory and more? Jerry Bradshaw has been a sports competitor and police dog trainer for 25 years, and as the executive director of the Protection Sports Association he's been around the world competing and training K9s. Welcome to the Controlled Aggression podcast.

    PSA Nationals 2021

    PSA Nationals 2021

    In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses:
    Details and schedule for PSA Nationals 2021! How to watch Nationals. Important information for both competitors and spectators.  Key events and sponsors for Nationals.   
    Key Takeaways:
    PSA Nationals is at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC on November 12-14, 2021 - admission is FREE! Sport Dogs Live will be live streaming the whole event for those who cannot make it in person.  If you are not there for the handler’s meeting, you will be struck from competition and unable to compete.  There will be great events happening all weekend, so come check it out.   
    "I hope I will see everybody who is within listening distance at PSA Nationals - 20th anniversary this weekend, Five County Stadium, Zebulon, North Carolina. Check it out. Come on out." —  Jerry Bradshaw
     
    Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com
     
    References: 
    Legacy K9 Gear: https://www.instagram.com/legacyk9gear/?hl=en 
    Sport Dogs Live: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc_H34ZzKFRoOMvvjAdJIeg 
    Defcon Propaganda: https://www.instagram.com/defconpropaganda/?hl=en 
     
    Contact Jerry:
    Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com
    Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com
    Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com
    Youtube:  tarheelcanine
    Twitter: @tarheelcanine
    Instagram: @tarheelk9
    Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining
    Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org
    Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression
    Slideshare: Tarheel Canine
    Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine 
    Tarheel Canine Student Portal: https://tcstudentportal.com/ 
     
    Sponsors: 
    ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com
    PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org
    Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com
     
     
    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.
     
     
    Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie
     
    Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it. 

    • 47 min
    Variable Reward Intervals - Soft Surface Tracking

    Variable Reward Intervals - Soft Surface Tracking

    In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses:
    The differences between hard and soft surface tracking (see episode 53 for more on hard surface tracking). Advantages of soft surface tracking.  Having multiple ways to reward a dog during tracking.  The importance of variation and its relationship to hope.   
    Key Takeaways:
    To start, begin in shorter grass. Taller grass will hold human scent more than short, manicured grass.  Think of your track as a story with a beginning, middle, and end. It is important that the dog is engaged at every part of the story, or track, and not just anticipating the end.  It is important to know where your tracks are and to train yourself to be a less intrusive handler.  Unpredictability increases intensity and focus on the track, especially as you increase the distance and spread in your track.   
    "The unpredictability of when the reward is going to come is going to keep the dog pinned into the track and concentrating on every aspect of the length of that track." —  Jerry Bradshaw
     
    Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com
     
    Contact Jerry:
    Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com
    Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com
    Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com
    Youtube:  tarheelcanine
    Twitter: @tarheelcanine
    Instagram: @tarheelk9
    Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining
    Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org
    Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression
    Slideshare: Tarheel Canine
    Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine 
     
    Sponsors: 
    ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com
    PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org
    Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com
     
     
    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.
     
     
    Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie
     
    Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it. 

    • 47 min
    Dumb Stuff I Saw Online Round 2

    Dumb Stuff I Saw Online Round 2

    In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses:
    Training prey and defense training in your police dogs.  Diversifying training with and without equipment.  Avoiding sweeping generalizations in your training.  Training in the four quadrants of operant conditioning.   
    Key Takeaways:
    Muzzle biting is not the end all be all. While it can show you many things about your dog’s engagement, it does not guarantee a bite off the muzzle.  A dog in conflict is going to choose life and is more likely to have a failed engagement.  Reinforcement is the way in which you install a behavior that you want to keep in your dog.  You don’t need to rush moving from a one-to-one fixed ratio to a variable reward scheme. It allows you to more effectively utilize other tools in your training tool belt, such as negative punishment.   
    "As soon as you start getting into all or nothing thinking, in dog training, you're probably on the wrong side of the truth." —  Jerry Bradshaw
     
    Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com
     
    Contact Jerry:
    Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com
    Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com
    Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com
    Youtube:  tarheelcanine
    Twitter: @tarheelcanine
    Instagram: @tarheelk9
    Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining
    Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org
    Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression
    Slideshare: Tarheel Canine
    Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine 
     
    Sponsors: 
    ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com
    PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org
    Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com
     
     
    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.
     
     
    Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie
     
    Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it. 

    • 43 min
    Dumb Stuff I Saw Online

    Dumb Stuff I Saw Online

    In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses:
    Being suspect of always or never statements in training.  The art of prey guarding.  Laying your own tracks.  The downsides to canine demos.   
    Key Takeaways:
    By saying you never do defense work with puppies, you erase an entire section of training 2457 On any given track, you will have a combination of human odor and ground disturbance. How much of each will be different depending on the type of track.  There can be benefits to laying your own tracks, including the ability to lay more tracks than you might be able to otherwise.  You can never predict other people’s behavior - if you are doing a demo, you want to treat your dog like any other piece of equipment like your gun or your car.   
    "Back when I was an academic, we used to tell students, if you see in a question ‘always’ or ‘never’ be suspect of what's being said, because there are usually exceptions to rules. And especially in dog training, there's usually some exceptions." —  Jerry Bradshaw
     
    Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com
     
    Contact Jerry:
    Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com
    Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com
    Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com
    Youtube:  tarheelcanine
    Twitter: @tarheelcanine
    Instagram: @tarheelk9
    Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining
    Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org
    Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression
    Slideshare: Tarheel Canine
    Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine 
     
    Sponsors: 
    ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com
    PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org
    Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com
     
     
    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.
     
     
    Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie
     
    Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it. 

    • 58 min
    PSA Trial Rituals

    PSA Trial Rituals

    In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses:
    What is involved in getting on the field and having a great performance.  Creating the right mindset from a young age in your dog.  Reading the important moments happening all the time.  Mirroring your training ritual in your trial ritual.   
    Key Takeaways:
    Expose your dog to new environments with new attractions and continue to practice your rituals.  You can get additional time on field by utilizing long downs.  Experiment with what works for you and your dog. Each dog is individual and different in what works for them.  You’re not there to trick your dog into compliance, you’re there to train your dog into giving the desired behaviors under levels of stress and distraction.  
    "What you do in your training has got to be mirrored in what you do on the trial field.  You can’t change it at the last minute and think that’s going to be better." —  Jerry Bradshaw
     
    Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com
     
    Contact Jerry:
    Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com
    Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com
    Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com
    Youtube:  tarheelcanine
    Twitter: @tarheelcanine
    Instagram: @tarheelk9
    Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining
    Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org
    Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression
    Slideshare: Tarheel Canine
    Calendly: https://calendly.com/tarheelcanine 
     
    Sponsors: 
    ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com
    PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org
    Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com
     
     
    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.
     
     
    Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie
     
    Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it. 

    • 56 min
    Diagnosing Failed K9 Engagements

    Diagnosing Failed K9 Engagements

    In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discusses:
    The key to creating a street ready dog with the highest probability of making an engagement.  Equipment orientation and odor discrimination.  Discrimination drills to show there is no value to the training equipment for the dog.  Bridging from training to civil encounters to lead to engagement success.  
    Key Takeaways:
    Visually, we need to make sure the dog can show aggression to the human form without the equipment, such as a bite suit or sleeve.  Train a civil picture - the dog needs to learn what he is supposed to do without all of the training equipment around.  Do training around dead equipment - make that equipment mean nothing to the dog.  Teach the dog there are ninjas everywhere - there could be a threat around every corner.   
    "We have to look at diagnosing these types of problems -  I really think they boil down to discrimination issues. We have to be careful when thinking about what we're presenting to the dog, visually and also what the odor profile of the pictures are that we're presenting to the dog." —  Jerry Bradshaw
     
    Get Jerry's book Controlled Aggression on Amazon.com
     
    Contact Jerry:
    Website: controlledaggressionpodcast.com
    Email: JBradshaw@TarheelCanine.com
    Tarheel Canine Training:  www.tarheelcanine.com
    Youtube:  tarheelcanine
    Twitter: @tarheelcanine
    Instagram: @tarheelk9
    Facebook: TarheelCanineTraining
    Protection Sports Website: psak9-as.org
    Patreon:   patreon.com/controlledaggression
    Slideshare: Tarheel Canine
     
    Sponsors: 
    ALM K9 Equipment: almk9equipment.com
    PSA & American Schutzhund: psak9-as.org
    Tarheel Canine: tarheelcanine.com
     
     
    Train Hard, train smart, be safe.
     
     
    Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie
     
    Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it. 
     

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
204 Ratings

204 Ratings

W.A. Garri ,

Most knowledgeable working Dog Trainer

Jerry is by far the most knowledgeable police dog trainer I know! I have been in the industry for a long time now and worked with countless police dog trainers. Jerry is the only one I know who has a profound understanding of operant and classical conditioning in regards to working dogs.

BriannaBernard ,

LOVE

Absolutely LOVE this podcast. It is packed with SO much information. You could probably listen ten times and not catch everything. As a PSA competitor this information is invaluable, but I also love learning more about detection, LEO work, and everything else discussed in these episodes. Thank you for doing what you do!

Sally GH ,

Love this

I look forward to every podcast Jerry puts out. Even if it is in an area I don’t train in. He gets relight to the heart of the matter. No bantering out nonsense talking. Clear information. You can tell he has a history in the education field. Keep up the great work Jerry

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