Dog Trainer vs Dog Handler – different roles
There is often confusion about the difference between the role of a Dog Trainer versus a Dog Handler. A Dog trainer is responsible for “shaping” (formatting) the dog via the training process. A good example is that the Dog Trainer must not work from the perspective of creating a vicious, dangerous dog that should be kept behind walls or fences, and should not be allowed to come into contact with children.
His challenge is to bring to the fore the dog’s natural aggression. This results in a dog that can be a Nemesis to criminals or other intruders; but at the same time a trusted family friend and a caring companion for children.
Environmental requirements for Dog Trainer vs Dog Handler
In the utilization of specialized dog and handler teams in different operational environments, it is of paramount importance to create a training environment that facilitates achieving the highest possible accuracy in the tasks of both the Dog Trainer and the Dog Handler. For this reason, Braveheart created a training environment at their Academy simulating various environments in which Dog and Handler teams might be deployed. These include a warehouse; vehicles; environments with people around (like airports, shopping centers etc); different containers (like crates, bags and/or suitcases); and more.
The basic foundation for Dog Trainer Success
A dogs training process starts at a very early stage, when the trainer socializes a young dog (puppy training) to lay the foundation for becoming a Star Service Dog for one or more specialized applications.
Clear distinction between Dog Handler vs Dog Handler responsibilities
Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy’s philosophy is to make a clear distinction between a Dog Trainer and Dog Handler. They extensively researched the roles of the Dog Trainer and Dog Handler; and developed training programs for dog handlers and dogs. Relevant professional training materials and training aids ensure top class results.
The importance of the approach to Dog Trainer vs Dog Handler
The roles of a Dog Trainer vs Dog Handler in the quality of Dog and Handler teams are both of high importance. It should however be noted that a trained dog as part of a Dog and Handler team can only be as good as the quality of its Handler: a good Dog Handler can enhance the capabilities of the dog, but not vice versa.
K9 Service Dog training for a Human Environment
It can easily happen that a most important factor in training a dog for specialized applications is overlooked: The K9 Service Dog has to be integrated into a specific human environment. Every dog should uniquely be integrated into its Human System. Systems can be as widely apart as being a family pet cum personal protection dog, or being a key element of a security company’s services. Other specialized systems could include substance detection units like Explosives, Narcotics and Eco-products. Add to this dog being used for humanitarian assistance like search and rescue operations, and guide dog applications for the blind or deaf. Service dogs are also utilized for identifying medical conditions like different forms of cancer; and for therapeutically assistance for the elderly, autistic people, and other physiological conditions.
K9 Service Dog Training Approach
These applications require a scientific approach. In the training phase, outdated negative and/or forceful methods of training should be totally avoided. Training should be a structured scientific and positive process, aimed at uplifting and integrating the dog into its human surroundings. The scientific training approach enhances the human/dog interaction, resulting in a professional outcome.
K9 Service Dog Training Research
Research around K9 Service Dogs in a Human Environment dates back to the late 19th/early 20th Century – but in our complex modern society service dogs for specialized applications cannot be trained according to systems and techniques used during that era. Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy’s training techniques incorporate the role of both the Dog and Humans. Interaction between the Dog and its Humans plays a very important role in the training of the Dog – irrespective of whether it is being trained for Personal Protection, Security Applications, or other purposes mentioned supra. The Dog must become part of the system within which its Humans operate.
Quantum Leap for Professional K9 Dog and Handler Teams for International and Local Application
In our previous blog we shared the approach used to train specialist dogs for International and local application. We mentioned that a Professional K9 Dog and Handler Team for International and Local Application – on which the spotlight will fall in this blog – is a quantum leap forward by Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy through their research into both dogs and dog handlers.
Professional K9 Dog and Handler Team for International and Local Application
It is an accepted fact that one team consisting of a Professional K9 Dog and Handler team for International and Local Application is more effective and awe inspiring than a number of Security Officers without dogs being present. The articulation between the Dog and Handler in a Professional K9 Dog and Handler Team for International and Local Application boosts the effectiveness of the unit exponentially to much higher levels.
Ongoing research on Professional K9 Dog and Handler Teams for International and Local Application
Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy does ongoing research over a wide spectrum to assure the best holistic approach to the training of Professional K9 Dog and Handler teams for International and Local Application. This includes scientifically assessed training methods, material, and assessing techniques.
As a result, Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy trained K9 Dog and Handler teams for International and Local Application are widely deployed for a variety of security applications. Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy Professional K9 Dog and Handler Teams for International and Local Application do not only consistently meet the highest norm for training, but actually often exceeds it.
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Braveheart leads in International and Local K9 Dog Training
Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy, situated near Pretoria, the Capital City of South Africa is the world leader in International and Local K9 Dog Training.
Approach to International and Local K9 Dog Training
Central in our approach to International and Local K9 Dog Training is the fact that our scientists conduct extensive ongoing research in our own fully equipped, professionally staffed laboratory situated in the grounds of Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy. This research does not only facilitate the initial training of the dog, but also continuous advanced training.
Research regarding International and Local K9 Dog Training
Especially for specialized applications like Explosives Detection Dogs, Narcotics detection dogs and eco-products detection dogs, advanced Braveheart training aids have been developed in our laboratory. Our ongoing research facilitates new breakthroughs, like switching from pseudo odors to real authentic odors; leading to improved accuracy and a higher ratio of detection. Other research regarding International and Local K9 Dog Training involves how to maximally utilize the dog’s nose (smelling) capacity.
Using simulation for International and Local K9 Dog Training
For International and Local K9 Dog Training, Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy has also created various environments simulating real-life environments in which the dog may be required to operate: warehouse; crates, boxes and suitcases; areas populated by people; indoor and outdoor; countryside tracking; and more. This process facilitates articulation between the Training and Application functions, ensuring a higher level of applied competency, and enabling functional decisions.
Dog Handler Training in relation to International and Local K9 Dog Training
In our next blog, we shall be looking at the importance of creating a professional Dog and Handler team as part of International and Local K9 Dog Training.
Theories about K9 Dog Genetics
Over the years there have been many theories about how the domestication of dogs took place. Some people believed that the dog evolved from a jackal-like animal which became extinct; others believed that dogs descended from the Pariah dog which still roams wild or semi-wild in North Africa, the Middle East, and India. The most likely theory was however that the Dog came from the Wolf. The latter has now been proved genetically.
The role of K9 Dog Genetics since the split of Dog and Wolf
With the publication of the dog genome in 2003, scientists could finally confirm that dogs descended from wolves. Most of the recognized breeds today originated less than 150 years ago, although it is estimated that dogs and wolves split from each other 15 000 to 40 000 years ago. However, to date only around 0.04 percent of the dog genome has evolved.
K9 Dog Genetics Groups
Based on the classification of the genetic relationships of the modern dog breeds, it was established that there are only two major groups of dog breeds: One group are genetically more similar to wolves. They are however not from one region, but include dog species as far apart as Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Siberia, and Alaska. The second group comprises the majority of modern breeds, referred to as dogs of “European origin”. Although the two groups look and act differently, only a few genetic differences are responsible for these differences. Even after 150 years of genetic separation, the differences among breeds of Europe are barely detectable.
K9 Dog Genetics Groups have few cognitive differences
Physically, there are vast differences between dog species, so one would think that they have different genetic profiles. However, only a small number of genes are responsible for the wide physical variations between dogs. Based on these facts, the default hypothesis is that there are very few cognitive differences between various breeds – disproving the general belief that certain breeds are famous for certain types of application.
Why this blog about K9 Dog Genetics?
Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy takes all relevant factors into consideration to ensure that we match the right dogs with the right owners/handlers. As our motto says: Leaders through professional research.
What does K9 Dog Training – the Bigger Picture entail?
In our recent blogs we gave an insight into the services and main products offered by Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy; now we are going to give you an insight into K9 Dog Training – the Bigger Picture.
Understanding K9 Dog Training – the Bigger Picture
Dogs were the first animal species to be domesticated by man. Over the ages, dogs have become synonymous with loyalty, companionship, protection, and faithful service rendering in all countries across the world. This is K9 Dog Training – the Bigger Picture in a nutshell.
K9 Dog Training – the Bigger Picture encompasses many services
Dogs are not only utilized for protection, tracking and patrol work, and for detecting narcotics and explosives, but also for applications across the board. Think of guide dogs for the blind; companion dogs for the aged and lonely; therapeutic treatment for people with psychiatric or other emotional disturbances; therapy for autistic, abused, or traumatized children; service dogs for physically disabled and deaf people; and recently also to help detect cancer at an early stage. This is what K9 Dog Training – the Bigger Picture is all about!
Braveheart and K9 Dog Training – the Bigger Picture
All the above mentioned applications have one thing in common: the dogs used must be professionally trained. Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy is proud of the fact that their professional socialization (puppy dog) training lays a sound foundation for whatever application a dog is going to be trained for. K9 Dog Training – the Bigger Picture, for whatever application, is built on how well the young dog/puppy has been trained/socialized.
The importance of K9 Dog Training – the Bigger Picture
Every year, narcotics detection dogs prevent tons of illegal drugs being smuggled into countries around the world – protecting children and young adults from being dragged into a dead-end street, as well as containing the suffering these countries’ economies experience because of this scourge. Explosives detection dogs annually save many innocent people from being maimed or killed by ruthless fanatics; and countries from being destabilized – K9 Dog Training- the Bigger Picture in action.
Accolades for the dogs and people that make K9 Dog Training – the Bigger Picture possible
We salute all the dogs rendering selfless services to the human race – and we salute the Braveheart Training Team for their professional and selfless dedication to their important role in making K9 Dog Training – the Bigger Picture possible.
Breakthrough in Detection–Sniffer Dog-K9 (Canine) training
In 2005, Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy made an important breakthrough in Detection–Sniffer Dog-K9 (Canine) training for the Detection of narcotics and explosives. The research undertaken by the owner of Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy, John Greyvenstein and South African scientist Dr. Fanie van der Walt. John Greyvenstein holds a BSc Honors degree in Zoology, and an MSc in Genetics. The subject of his Master’s thesis was Working Dog-K9 (Canine)s.
Research on Detection–Sniffer Dog-K9 (Canine) training using vapour strips
The research was done in Braveheart’s own laboratory, situated on the grounds of Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy at Rayton (near Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa), these results effectively eliminated the biggest problems surrounding Detection–Sniffer Dog-K9 (Canine) training and application for the Detection of narcotics–drug and explosives. The vapour strips they developed contain a pure odour that cannot be contaminated by other odours. This effectively eliminated false indications. The training aids also pose no danger to either the trainer or the dog-K9 (Canine), and cannot be abused by anybody. With proper precautions, they are also easy to protect against contamination, and can be stored securely.
No more danger in Detection–Sniffer dog-K9 (Canine) training
John Greyvenstein points out that there has been a complete move away from the use of potentially dangerous explosive and narcotic substances. Potentially dangerous side-effects are thus avoided. The approach to training now revolves around the socializing of dog-K9 (Canine), a formative phase, training, and continuous maintenance training.
The necessity of Detection–Sniffer Dog-K9 (Canine) training
Detection–Sniffer Dog-K9 (Canine) training has become a most necessary service in the modern world- Narcotics-drugs Detection plays a crucial part in ensuring that ruthless smugglers cannot bring narcotics-drugs into a country – with the potential to ruin many young lives; leading to unproductivity, crime, and eventually death.
Equally important is the Detection of explosives – which are widely used throughout the modern world to kill or maim innocent citizens; and can compromise the safety of countries as a whole.
Breakthrough in Detection–Sniffer Dog-K9 (Canine) training
A recent breakthrough achieved by Braveheart’s continuous research was developing vapour strips for Detection–Sniffer Dog-K9 (Canine) training to detect eco-products. There are constant incidents (especially in Africa) of people trying to smuggle eco-products through border posts-fresh and dried meat products as well as live animals of endangered species. This endangers the continued existence of the endangered species as well as creating the possibility of animals in the recipient countries being killed off by diseases they have no immunity against.
Training facilities for Detection–Sniffer Dog-K9 (Canine) training
Detection-Sniffer Dog-K9 (Canine) training should include training facilities that simulate real life as closely as possible. Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy boasts indoor and outdoor Detection–Sniffer Dog-K9 (Canine) training facilities simulating real life environments like open areas, vehicles, containers – and even a warehouse.
Our next three blogs will detail Braveheart’s Substance Detection–Sniffer Dog-K9 (Canine) training to facilitate narcotics (drugs) Detection, explosives Detection, and eco-products Detection.
Do you need a tracker dog / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) in your business?
Potential clients are often uncertain about how they can apply a tracker dog /anti-poaching dog in their business, school, church, factory, or on their farms. Fact of the matter is that a tracker dog / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) trained by professionals can play a positive and sometimes even vital role in all of the above.
Farmers, hunters, security firms, schools, churches, factories, and businesses need a tracker dog /anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) trained by professionals for various applications.
Applications for a tracker dog / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine)
Cattle theft is endemic in parts of South Africa. Around 177 thousand livestock (cattle, sheep and goats) are stolen annually, costing South African farmers around R182 million (Beeld Newspaper 28.05.15). A tracker dog can in many cases track where fence security had been breached, and may even track where stolen livestock had been taken to.
After a break-in/attempted break-in at a house, and/or small-time theft (of equipment, a sheep or chicken, for example) a tracker dog / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) may be able to lead you/the local area watch group to the criminal’s hideout, where, the stolen goods/animals may also be recovered.
Security firms should be able to provide a tracking service to their clients after a break-in. For instance: Businesses/factories have many theft problems – necessitating the use of a professionally trained tracker / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) and handler team.
The use of a tracker / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) by hunters is obvious – unless, of course, you can guarantee that you will instantly kill the prey every single time, never having the need to track down a wounded animal.
Tracking does not come naturally to dogs – a suitable dog must be trained specifically for tracking / anti-poaching – and the effectiveness of a tracking dog / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) to a large extent depends on the quality of training received by the dog, by its handler, and by them as a team.
Braveheart’s tracker dog /anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) training
Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy’s tracker dog / anti-poaching dog training comprises assessing a scene for possible tracks; providing a scent to the dog; preparing the dog to follow a scent; utilizing the dog to follow the scent track; and to locate and identify a suspect or animal that was being followed.
A tracker dog / anti-poaching dog’s K9 (Canine) training comprises being trained in obedience, with or without aggression work (depending on the client’s requirements). Tracks of various lengths and time of scent trail form part of the training.
Success in using a tracker dog / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) depends largely on the handler and dog being trained as a team, resulting in them operating as a successful team.
Research on tracker dog / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) training
Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy has done extensive research on this aspect of dog training, and to accommodate continuation training to operate as a successful team.
There is no specific breed of dog that is most suitable for tracking dog / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) training – vastly different breeds can be trained to become tracking / anti-poaching K9 (Canine) dogs.
NB: Training is proficiency based (until the dog has been trained to the level of its natural potential), NOT for a predetermined period of time.
Selling tracker / anti-poaching dogs K9 (Canine) after training
Braveheart sells trained tracker dogs / anti-poaching dogs K9 (Canine) to security firms as well as individuals, and trains you/an employee to be part of a team; training your dog and its handler to form a successful tracking team.
Location for tracker dog / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) training
Training takes place at our Academy 35 km east of Pretoria (the capital city of South Africa), close to the N4 highway to Witbank. We conduct tracker dog / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) training in Pretoria. Our academy also conducts tracker dog / anti-poaching dog K9 (Canine) training in Gauteng as a whole, Nationally and Internationally.
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Starting at the foundation of Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training
Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training is like building a house: one should start at the foundation. The ideal situation is if the Dog-K9 Canine can be presented for socialization training between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. It however happens quite often that people want Braveheart to socialize Dog-K9 Canines that are already older than the maximum of 16 weeks. In such cases, Braveheart concentrates on doing Basic Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training – this is only possible if the Dog-K9 Canine is less than 24 weeks old.
Key aspects of presenting basic Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training
During the basic Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training period, Braveheart concentrates especially on the following aspects:
- Basic Obedience – you must be able to exercise full control over the Dog-K9 Canine.
- Distance Control – so that you can control the Dog-K9 Canine and give instructions from a distance
In practice, the natural process of socialization that did not happen is compensated for by teaching the Dog-K9 Canine basic obedience.
Our location for Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training
Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training is conducted at our Academy 35 km east of Pretoria (the Capital City of South Africa) close to the N4 highway towards Witbank. We offer Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training in Pretoria as well as Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training in Gauteng as a whole.
Kenneling and time factor during basic Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training
Kenneling and food during basic Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training by Braveheart are included in the training fee; which also creates the ideal opportunity to have your Dog-K9 Canine trained in basic obedience when you go on holiday, saving you kenneling fees for the training period – the Dog-K9 Canine can also be kenneled for a further period if arranged beforehand.
Basic Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training takes approximately 4 weeks*.
*NB: Training is proficiency based (until the Dog-K9 Canine has been trained to the level of its natural ability), NOT for a predetermined period of time.
Accreditation and qualifications of the presenters of Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training
Braveheart Bio-Dog-K9 Canine Academy is accredited by PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulating Authority) as well as by SASSETA (Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority).
John Greyenstein, the owner of Braveheart Bio-Dog-K9 Canine Academy has a Master’s Degree in Genetics, and did his thesis on working Dog-K9 Canines. He is one of the most highly accredited Dog-K9 Canine trainers in South Africa. And also facilitates Dog-K9 Canine training abroad. John personally evaluates all Dog-K9 Canines, and all basic Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training takes place under his personal supervision.
Coaching the “family” of the Dog-K9 Canine after its basic Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training
You and your family’s coaching takes place when you fetch the Dog-K9 Canine after completion of its training, and takes approximately 1 hour. This comprises firstly theoretical training in our lecture room – to enable you to give scientifically sound instructions. We also answer any questions you may have.
Next, we give you practical training at our outdoor training facility to enable you to control your Dog-K9 Canine in real life situations, and to enable you to do everything with the Dog-K9 Canine that we have taught it. On completion, you will be able to do continuous training with your Dog-K9 Canine at home.
A FREE follow-up training session is presented approximately 14 days after the Dog-K9 Canine has been fetched.
Braveheart Bio-Dog-K9 Canine Academy is undisputedly one of the world leaders in presenting basic Obedience Dog-K9 Canine Training.
One of the most important phases in a dog’s development is between the ages of 12 and 16 weeks. During this period, a socialization (Puppy Training) process must take place that will determine the course of all further development.
Training a dog is like building a house: One should start at the foundation – in the case of socialization (Puppy Training) of a young dog, the foundation for all future behavior must be laid when a dog is between 12 and 16 weeks old.
The socialization (Puppy Training) process is designed to develop a balanced relationship between the dog and humans, and between the dog and other dogs and animals. The foundation is also laid for life-long self-confidence of the dog.
Socialization (Puppy Training) results in basic control by its owner or handler, and obedience by the dog; and the dog develops the ability to react correctly to instructions. Through this process, harmony is created between the dog and humans as well as other dogs and animals inhabiting its living space.
Then you come to fetch your dog at Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy after completion of the socialization (Puppy Training) process, you are also taught how to handle the dog correctly and to give continuous development training at home. This takes up approximately 30 minutes.
Socialization (Puppy Training) training by Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy normally takes around two weeks, and is conducted at our Academy 35 km east of Pretoria, close to the N4 highway to Witbank.
Kenneling and food for the dog during Puppy Training are included in the training fee – which also creates the ideal opportunity to have your dog socialized when you go on holiday, saving you kenneling fees for the two weeks – and the dog can be kenneled for a further period, if arranged beforehand.
Socialization (Puppy Training) is of course the ideal prelude to advanced training once a dog has reached the right age. Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy is accredited by PSIRA (Private Security Industry regulating authority) aa well as by SASSETA (Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority).
The owner of the Academy is John Greyvenstein. He has a Master Degree in Genetics and did his thesis on working dogs. He is one of the most highly accredited dog trainers in the country, and also facilitates dog training overseas.
John Greyvenstein personally evaluates all dogs, and all socialization (Puppy Training) training takes place under his personal supervision.