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The Koehler Method of Training Tracking Dogs DOWNLOAD PDF The Koehler Method of Guard Dog Training; An Effective & Authoritative Guide for. The Koehler method of guard dog training by William R. Koehler, 1967, Howell Book House edition, in English. The Koehler Method of Dog Training - site edition by William R. Koehler. Download it once and read it on your site device, PC, phones or tablets. the goals, purpose and differences between the different levels of "guard dog".
More to the point, the dismissive and patronizing tone he uses when discussing minorities and the 1960's race riots convinced me he's probably a bigot, or at least a fool.
He should leave the social commentary for another text, or better yet to keep it to himself. This is a classic that is highly sought after in the used book market. It was not written for the typical dog owner who seeks to train a soft dog basic obedience. So, ignore reviewers who are taken aback by Koehler's harsher methods... Koehler is writing for people who will rely on working dogs to save their lives and protect property. He cares about his dogs...
Fifty years ago, Koehler was a trail blazer. And, without relying on food rewards which you then need to transition away from with a working dog.
Koehler masterfully uses classical conditioning -- reward and consequence. The dog causes the reward for correct choice and the consequence for the wrong choice. Or, with no reward, there is extinction of an undesired behavior.
The key is to make sure the dog knows what to do. And, get the right dog. Koehler walks us through all this. Again, a classic text. You cannot go wrong with Koehler. By arrangement with the owner, visit the dog's yard or household when the dog is at liberty to stop you, and see how much difficulty the owner has in bringing him under control so that you can be admitted. In short, is the dog staunch enough for your purpose, and yet controllable enough so that you wouldn't have to confine him in such a way that he would be useless?
Before you bring a dog home for trial, carefully read Chapter 11 on "Starting Right. His job is to stop a man, if necessary, by winning a fight.
Qualifications A strong sense of responsibility. Unless he feels responsible, a dog may be easily distracted from his purpose of physical defense. He must be keenly alert and aware of situations that develop.
It is not enough for him to be aware and concerned.
He must act with sufficient force. He must be able to stand up to threat and pain. He must have the mental and physical abilities to be a formidable opponent. When you admit someone to your premises, your dog should respect your judgment but remain alert.
The maniacal, uncontrollable dog is not only dangerous-he's useless, being shut away much of the time when his presence would be a comfort. To find a dog who meets the above requirements and can then reorient these qualities to another master can be very difficult. Generally, a pup with such potential is more adaptable to a household than an adult would be. However, you will probably find that, since the methods for seeking and choosing an adult are the same as for finding and accrediting a pup, through the performance of his relatives, you can start looking and let your decisions be influenced by the best that is available.
Checking Prospects Use all available information so that you will have a full perspective on what is obtainable. Keep in mind all the breeds mentioned as suitable, instead of one or two. Truly, handsome is as handsome does in the case of a man-stopper.
Regardless of what he looks like, the most beautiful dog you will find is the one who would give his life to save yours. The following suggestion may help you acquire additional facts about the dogs to which your leads may take you. From some of the breeders you will meet, or from the pages of dog magazines, you can obtain the names of the secretaries and other officers of regional and national breed clubs. These officers, along with the writers of the breed columns, often possess quite a knowledge of the accomplishments of various breeding programs.
Although it's true that there is a degree of "kennel blindness" in the dog fancy, it is just as true that a person who would fault a rival's dog as not being of the "right type" will concede the same dog's superiority in demonstrated characteristics such as protectiveness and trainability.
When they learn that you need a dog for such an exacting task as maximum protection, they will try to tell you of a person who, either by intent or by chance, produces dogs that are conceded to be the best for your needs. They realize that in questions of performance, unlike those of eye-appeal, comparison is generally conclusive.
If your discussions turn up any information on people who have been active in obedience work, talk with them. They are interested in temperament and may be able to tell you about common faults and virtues that they have observed in certain lines of dogs. Both professionals and amateurs may be of help in this respect. You will find that your leads to dogs and information will generate more leads, and you will eventually have some prospects worth testing.
The tests are surprisingly simple. The Responsibility Test The first is a test to see whether a dog will stay with a person or property by his own free choice when there are obvious and inviting opportunities to leave. Remember that no guard dog is any good when he's gone. Even more important is the truth that a dog who lacks the responsibility to stay with his charges rarely makes a good protector when he is with them.
Conversely, a dog who concerns himself with staying where he belongs is one who will act effectively when his charges are threatened. These facts emphasize the foolishness of skipping this test merely because there seems to be no possibility of your dog escaping from confinement. Apply the test in the same manner to adult prospects and to the parents or close relatives of any puppy prospect you might consider.
The best possible way of determining the traits a family of dogs possesses is by observing those traits in dogs of that family. You will soon see that an explanation of how you intend to test prospects will cause many owners to retract their statements on their "great" dogs, thus saving you much time.
Have the owner of each dog you test take him by car away from his premises, and, in a strange area, free him from any restraint. Without commanding the dog in any way, the man should walk slowly along.
From a distance, watch to see whether the dog is so distracted or tempted by his new surroundings that he forgets all about his master. A dog with the qualities of a good guard dog might drift around a bit, noticing all things in his environment, but he would show concern with his master's whereabouts, and at definite intervals would swing back close to him to demonstrate his responsibility. Such a dog would be worthy of further consideration. If, when he is not restrained, a dog finds his new surroundings so interesting that he forgets to keep track of his master, you had better look elsewhere for a natural protector.
As previously stated, merely considering such a test will cause many owners to withdraw their dogs with such excuses as, "He's had no training," or "He's never been out of the yard. The second step in testing is to arrange with the dog's owner for a demonstration of what happens when a gate or door is accidentally left open. Watch the proceedings from a distance so that you will be of no interest to the dog.
A dog who is accustomed to confinement is sometimes slow to notice an opportunity to leave an area, so be sure that your prospect makes a choice between staying and leaving. The owner should remain concealed and quiet so that he does not influence the situation.
Ideally, a responsible dog should be concerned with staying on "his" property. Don't write him off completely if he saunters outside his area and putters around in a way that demonstrates he is still more concerned with home and fireside than with the call of the open road.
However, if he shows that his heartstrings are but frail threads against the pull of adventure, and with his unconcern indicates that you could steal the house from behind him, you'd better say "Thanks, but no thanks. The Capability Test The nature of this test may frighten off another block of owners. Again, good riddance-you claim you want a real "stopper.
Your helper should be equipped with a burlap sack and a gun for blank-firing.
Even if you were willing that your helper be bitten, you would find no volunteers, so in order to protect the man, you will have to choose between having the dog securely chained or confined and having him wear a safe muzzle. Though it will confuse some dogs, the muzzle is by far the better choice.
See that the owner of the dog you are considering has an opportunity to familiarize his dog with the muzzle by having him wear it during short periods for two days before the test. Meet with the owner and your helper in a place where the dog cannot see or hear any of you talking together, and arrange to have the dog muzzled and in a definite place so that your "heavy" can force an entrance and make the test.
Explain to the owner that the place of the test must provide a means of your watching the action without attracting the dog's attention, and permit him to be close at hand for any emergency, yet out of the dog's sight.
All concerned should realize that there should be no oral communication between any of you, because at best it's difficult to create a test situation that will ring true to a good dog. Be definite about the time of entry and the signal that will tell the man that the muzzle is in- place and all is ready. The lighting of a light or the closing of a drape are easy ways of signaling. When he gets the signal, the "heavy," gun in one hand and the sack in the other, should approach the point of challenge, which will probably be the door or gate.
Regardless of whether the dog meets him head on or hangs back a bit, the heavy should move steadily toward him. The man should snap the cap gun a couple of times, hit the dog with a hard swipe of the sack, and retreat from the area, shoving the dog back away from him if necessary so that the gate or door can be closed. If the muzzled dog tries to fight the man in the face of the gun and club-like sack, there should be little doubt that he would make things rough for an intruder.
If he stands his ground while trying to free himself of the muzzle, you can logically conclude that he would fight effectively without that handicap. Muzzled or not, if he shows he would sooner retreat than fight, he's not the kind of dog you need.
The foregoing tests will reveal whether or not a dog has the qualities that will make him a good personal protector. However, there are other factors that can determine how acceptable he may be in your situation. Your own observation of the physical situation in which he lives can tell you much about a dog's living habits. A thorough questioning of the owner will give you more information.
Remember, many undesirable traits are definitely inherited and you should check for their existence in the relatives of a puppy prospect as well as in an adult. Before you bring any dog home, carefully read Chapter 1 1. As any professional trainer will tell you, there are many factors that favor a purebred, the most important of which is that it is possible to predict his development with considerable accuracy because you can get information about his family characteristics.
As examples of this variation, the little Miniature Schnauzer and the impressive Doberman Pinscher, two breeds that are considered quite suspicious, will produce occasional individuals who would not react to the approach of a Frankenstein.
So, after you have decided on the size and general physical type to suit your home area, you will have to start the interesting but exacting task of finding prospects in that general category. To prevent the selection of your dog from being influenced by sentiment and eye appeal, continue to regard each prospect primarily as a potential implement until you have located a usable dog.
BREEDS The logical way for you to begin a search for any of the three types of protection dog is by giving thought to those breeds with the greatest number of dogs most apt to qualify physically and mentally for your purpose. For your convenience in seeking such information, it is advisable to consider dogs according to the groups to which they belong.
Those of us who worked with some of them in the World War II Dog Program are still wondering who it was that had the sporting dogs surplussed en masse because they were "too birdy" to make war dogs. Some of them showed exceptional ability. Supposedly, it was thought that some of the foreign game birds they might encounter would divert them from their purpose, so they were returned to their homes, including some who had demonstrated exceptional ability prior to the issuance of the surplus directive.
One of that group was "Shorty," a purebred English Setter who hunted men with an intensity and finesse such as his ancestors had visited on quail. Since the time of that conclusion, two of the retriever breeds, Labrador and Golden, have distinguished themselves by guiding the blind on city streets where pigeons putter enticingly a few feet away and through parks where game birds are common.
Some of the other sporting breeds show outstanding qualities of concentration and responsibility in the way they work on a specific quarry, ignoring cats, rabbits, and other distractions, and in handling birds in a way that requires the utmost in control.. These facts do not contradict the advocacy of breeding for a purpose-they support it. The sense of responsibility instilled by breeding for one purpose occasionally finds expression in another field.
While generally easygoing, some of the sporting dogs have a raw, primitive courage that comes as quite a shock to those who have had no experience with them. True, there is no obligation on the part of the breeders of these dogs to produce guards, but don't write off a prospect without a test merely because he's a sporting dog.
There are four sporting breeds that show more than the average responsibility for guarding a variety of things, from automobiles to families. Physically, they combine size and soundness in a way that qualifies them to be threat dogs and man-stoppers, but makes them unsuited for alarm dogs, where a big dog, even if friendly, might be offensive to some timid souls who would be kept away by anything larger than a Toy breed. Chesapeake Bay Retriever A large percentage of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have the protectiveness and determination to be man-stoppers as well as the physical ability to do a good job.
An outstanding constitution and a harsh, weather-resistant coat enables the Chesapeake to live and work under climatic conditions that would be a hardship to most other breeds. He needs a lot more obedience training than the average sporting dog, and for best results it should begin as soon as he is six months old. Such training will develop qualities that come as a surprise to those who have assumed that he was only an exceptionally rugged retriever.
Height: Many big males will stand 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder, and females a few inches less. Weight: Males can carry 80 pounds or more in hard condition, and females about 65 pounds. German Short-haired Pointer This breed can be a fine all-purpose gun dog as well as a home and car protector.
However, while there are many with alertness and suspicion, there are fewer who have the courage to be a man-stoppers. In fact, some of the families of the breed have been plagued with a form of timidity that has been well-described as "situation shyness. But when he is of good breeding and has been properly exposed to lots of strange sights and-sounds, the German Short-haired Pointer can serve you well.
Height: The Standard gives the shoulder height as 23 to 25 inches for males and 21 to 23 inches for females. Weight: Males, 55 to 70 pounds; females, 45 to 60 pounds.
There is a current tendency to breed dogs heavier than these weights. German Wire-haired Pointer This breed is not sufficient in numbers to permit wide observation, but a high percentage of those observed seem to be protective and courageous. These dogs have exceptional strength and agility and it's wrapped up in a coat that gives them lots of protection.
Height: Males, from 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder; females, a bit less. Weight: No weight is specified by the Standard, but many males exceed 80 pounds, and almost never does such size bring unsoundness, as is the case with some breeds. Weimaraner This dog was introduced to this country in accordance with plans intended to protect him from casual breedings.
Unfortunately, as is often the case with a new breed, novelty seekers acquired some of the stock and careless matings were made, resulting in a regrettable variation in temperament types.
Soon the Ymar, as he is called, was A good German Short-haired Pointer will protect your equipment as well as work for you in the field. A determined Boxer can stop the "foot in the door" approach.
However, his loyal supporters prevailed over his detractors, and quite a few of his breed have demonstrated ability as upland hunters, retrievers, and trackers of game and men. His record in the obedience ring is outstanding. Although he has proven his usefulness, he often shows a paradoxical quality which demands much care in his selection. Ymars are one of the better breeds for "staying home," but some individuals protest against staying alone by doing a lot of barking and destructive chewing, clinging to these bad habits with awesome obstinacy.
Nearly always, when one has the breeding and rearing to be free of this fault, he is qualified for a lot of jobs, including that of a man-stopper. Height: Males, 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder; females, slightly smaller. Weight: The Standard specifies no weight, but males commonly reach 80 pounds, females somewhat less. GROUP 2: HOUNDS The hound group is greatly varied in appearance and size, ranging from the Dachshund to the Irish Wolfhound, tallest of dogs, but the scant sprinkling of protective individuals within this group does not make it a good hunting ground for guard dogs.
The one exception to this generality is the Dachshund. When his bark is accompanied by a wagging tail, he makes an inoffensive little alarm dog who isn't likely to frighten timid callers.
But when he's really protective, he can back up a threat with a lot of mouth and a hard bite, as some intruders have learned quite suddenly. Short of leg though he is, he can move a few feet in a hurry. More dogs suitable for police work, guard duty, and personal protection are found in this group than in any other. Don't assume that you will not find the less common breeds near you just because you have not heard of them. The following working breeds are well worth considering for threat dogs and man-stoppers.
Belgian Sheepdog He is a dog of very convenient size for home and car and is intelligent and very discriminating. Height: Males should be about 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder, females generally under 24 inches. Weight: 55-65 pounds.
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In character, structure and size he is almost identical to the Belgian Sheep dog. Bouvier des Flandres He has quite a background in many different jobs. At present, some are doing a fine job in police work in Canada.
Males average about 27 inches at the shoulder and will weigh over 90 pounds in good condition. Females are only slightly smaller. Boxer A good Boxer who has had the amount of obedience training necessary to bring about his full development can be a companionable dog with the courage and substance to be a man-stopper.
Certainly he is one of the most reliable with children. He must be chosen carefully, as many of his breed are too naive and good-natured to be guard dogs. Height: Males will average 24 inches at the shoulder; females are slightly smaller than males.
Weight: Males will average close to 65-70 pounds, females about 55-60 pounds. Briard In his native country, Belgium, the Bouvier canno in his championship unless A good Briard has a strong sense of property boundaries and can do he has also won a prize in working competition as an army, police, or defense an authoritative job of protecting them.
However, to acquire a dog of dog. The Briard has an interesting history of use but, unfortunately, his breeders too often offer glowing tales of his past instead of demonstrations of what he can do now. When considering a Briard for a demanding job such as man-stopping, believe what you see and not what you are told.
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Height: Males, 23 to 27 inches at the shoulder; females, about an inch less than males. Weight: There seems to be more variance in the weight of Briards than in other breeds. One dog that stands 27 inches at the shoulder may weigh 90 pounds, while another of equal height and in the same condition may be no more than 75 pounds. Bullmastiff He can be as determined as he looks, and when he's in hard condition can back up his opinions with enough physical force to stop a man cold.
The fact that he is almost never noisy makes him a good choice for a city home. Height: Males often stand as high as 27 inches at the shoulder, which is about an inch higher than the females' height. Weight: A good average is 115 pounds for males and 100 pounds for females. A good one can be very sagacious, a poor one very giddy and noisy.
On the physical side, the percentage of present-day collies with defeetive vision is shocking.
Height: Males will average about 26 inches at the shoulder; females run approximately two inches less than males. Weight: Males, about 65 pounds, females between 50 and 60 The Great Dane's size alone should discourage any intruder. Doberman Pinscher One of the best choices. Breeders have done an excellent job of stabilizing temperament in the Dobe. At the present time there are many families of the breed that are trustworthy and discriminating, as well as being among the most fearless and capable of man-stoppers.
Height: 26-27 inches. Weight: 70-85 pounds. German Shepherd There is not a finer working dog than a good German Shepherd. His temperament, physical ability, and wonderful coat equip him for all kinds of jobs in as many places. But when stricken with shyness, as many of his breed are, the German Shepherd can be the most useless of dogs.
Choose carefully, lest you come up with a "protection dog" who would run from a cap pistol. Height: A good working size for the male is 25 inches at the shoulders, females two inches lower.
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Weight: About 85 pounds, females 10 pounds less. The current tendency to breed oversized Shepherds is resulting in unsoundness and clumsiness.
Don't mistake bigness for quality. Great Dane His size does not prevent him from being one of the best house-dogs, and he has the ability to take care of his home. The Great Dane does the job of keeping things under control without being trigger-happy. Height: The Standard sets the minimum height of 32 inches for the male and 30 inches for the female.
Weight: 135 pounds for males, 115 pounds for females. Great Pyrenees Well able to take extremes of weather, the Great Pyrenees makes an excellent guard, excepting those individuals who seem utterly lacking in responsibility to guard their homes, much less stay there. Height: The male will average above 30 inches at the shoulder, and the female several inches less. Weight: Males will often weigh more than 120 pounds, and the females about 90 to 110 pounds. Kuvasz With a very limited number of this breed to observe, it would seem that the percentage of good guards among them is high.
Height: Males will average close to 27 inches at the shoulder; the females are slightly smaller. Weight: An average male in good condition will weigh 80 to 95 pounds, the female about ten pounds less.
Newfoundland A quiet and responsible home protector. He is outstanding with children. Height: Males 27 to 29 inches, and females about 3 inches less. Weight: Males, about 145 pounds; females, as much as 30 pounds less.
Rottweiler A dog of great physical force and exceptional biting power, a Rottweiler can hurt a man badly in a brief encounter. Height: Males, 26 to 28 inches at the shoulder, and females about 2 inches less. Weight: The Standard demands that the dog give the impression of tremendous power combined with freedom of movement for his height. Saint Bernard When a Saint Bernard qualifies in the tests for protectiveness, he's a lot of dog to push out of the way.
The Newfoundland is a black shadow but a comforting one. Weight: 110 pounds for females and up to 185 for males. Standard Schnauzer One of the smallest of the working group to be used as a manstopper, he is strong and extremely agile.
A good one has the faculty of doing the right thing in a fight with a human. Quite a few of the breed have interesting records in police and protection work. Height: Males 20 inches, females about 19 inches. Weight: His weight must provide exceptional sturdiness with flashing agility.
Airedale The Airedale has been used as a conventional police dog in England and Europe, and for many years he was regarded as one of the best all-round dogs in this country. However, during World War II very few of the breed had the qualities needed for military use, generally failing to respond to agitation. In fact, it would seem that there is now an almost total lack of working ability in some strains, which means that an Airedale that is intended for use must be very carefully selected.
Height: Males about 24 inches at the shoulder, and females a bit less. Weight: 55 to 65 pounds.
It is in the area of personal protection where a dog must combine a degree of friendliness with an ability to sense animosity that some of the terriers excel. Although the faculty for sensing a threat is possessed by terriers in general, it is seen in the fullest measure in the descendants of dogs that fought in the dog pit. Because the reason for this pronounced ability is often unrealized, it is well to explain it in some detail. In order to survive, a working pit-dog had to be more than game.
Some of the conditions for his survival were his ability to judge his opponent's intent instantly and accurately, his fighting strategy, and his great physical power. For generations the fighting breeds featured some families wherein every parent was of proven capability. Fortunately, some of these good qualities have filtered down to an occasional individual, and the sense of evaluation and capability that made great pit-dogs are used to determine and thwart the intent of threatening humans.
The next three breeds mentioned have at least some heritage from the dog-pit. Bull Terrier In either the white or colored variety a Bull Terrier, with his inherently good muscle tone, is a tremendous amount of dog for his size.
However, while some American breeders have bred more for functional correctness and utility value, in England the concentration in recent years has been entirely on producing show dogs. This means that anyone considering a Bull Terrier for use should ask what his family has done, not what it looks like.
Height: Males of a good working size and type should stand 18 or 20 inches at the shoulders, and females about two inches less. Weight: Males, 50 to 60 pounds; females, 45 to 50 pounds. Kerry Blue The Kerry is smaller than the other man-stopping terriers, but he has a demoralizing agility that can make a person look ridiculous. Height: Males of good size will stand 20 inches at the shoulder; females are only slightly smaller than males. Weight: Males will weigh from 35 to 40 pounds, arid the females will average a bit less.
Bull Terriers have a knack of getting there at the right time. The essence of power and courage, a Staffordshire Terrier can be trained to ignore other dogs. Staffordshire Terrier The "Staff" is another one of those breeds that is brought to the highest levels of usefulness by obedience training. When he has had such training, he is one of the greatest of all dogs.
To the great surprise of those who regard him only as a "fighting dog," he accepts the presence of other animals and will focus his outstanding abilities on the job of being a companion and protector. He has the senses, intelligence, and strength to do many different jobs.Your dog will be running his own track and different conditions are apt to prevail when he works.
Koehler, received the award for 1962. Despite advocating a philosophy that "understanding is the key to communication and compassion with your dog,"  they endorsed confrontational punishments which were later shown to elicit dangerously aggressive responses in many dogs. However, his condemnation of police captains and precincts that do not employ canine units would hardly win anyone over. Under normal conditions, there is no reason why your dog shouldn't run your usual schedule of practice tracks prior to the Test; but let him rest at least two days before the event so he'll be charged up physically and mentally by the time you put him down on that first Official Track.
If your situation is one in which a dog would have to exercise discretion and be easily controlled, another simple test, which you can give personally, will be required. Cognitive learning is a process wherein dogs acquire and process information, rather than develop conditioned responses to stimuli.
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