By applying solid training concepts that work well with physically and mentally developing young dogs, utilizing patience, and managing stressors of police dog training we can produce better balanced police dogs. Police trainers should take into account that most popular methods of training places high levels of stress on a dog. This lecture focuses on managing training techniques and avoiding the stress from compulsion to train the young police dog candidate. Often in a rush to get results, compulsion is the most used method because it gets results quickly. However, this method of training can also result in negative and unwanted behaviors that hinder training progress; such as developing a nervous dog, poor bite work, or a dog who reacts with uncontrolled aggression towards people, specifically aggression towards the handler.
Presentation by: Robert Dougherty
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University of Maryland University College Masters of Science in Management –Homeland Security.
Saint Joseph’s University, Masters of Science, Criminal Justice / Intelligence and Analysis.
Temple University Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice / Minor in Psychology.
Cheltenham Township Police Department, Elkins Park PA 1985 to Present; Patrol Division.
Cheltenham Township Police Department K9 handler 1988 to Present. Currently working a patrol/narcotics six year old German shepherd.
Criminal Justice Studies Online Adjunct Faculty - American Military University/American Public University Systems 2012 to Present
Certified USPCA Regional Police K9 Trainer & Scent Certification Judge
Police Cheltenham Township Police Department Certified K9 Trainer
Military Experience1979 – 1984 Active duty United States Marine Corp.
2004 – 2010 United States Marine Corp Select Reserves
2004 – Military Police School
2007 – Counterintelligence Specialist School
Combat tours Iraq 2005 – 2006 & 2008 – 2009
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