What is The PronouncedK9 Online Club?
It is the first interactive online resource for bitework/protection training; our goal is to create a virtual experience similar to being at your local Schutzhund training group, except we are available 24/7 from the comfort of your own home, and give you access to some of the field’s leading trainers and helpers. This club is designed to teach anyone – helpers, trainers, and handlers – everything about training a protection dog. We have developed a step-by-step training method that works on every breed and type of dog. When done correctly, the PronouncedK9 method creates a fundamentally-sound dog that can be successful in Schutzhund/IPO, police or military work, or family or executive protection.
Who can benefit from joining the club?
- Anyone interested in the art of bitework training
- Novice handlers or helpers – this is a great place to start!
- Training helpers who have questions about some of the dogs they work or who just want another resource
- Trial helpers looking to advance to the next level – the instructors on this site will teach you how they did it
- Experienced helpers and trainers who have all the knowledge but who are looking for a better way to teach others – our clear, step-by-step process is already laid out for you
- Handlers and competitors who want more control over their own training program – we can provide you with the knowledge you need to understand what is best for your dog
As a club member, what can I expect to learn?
- Everything you need to know about training a protection dog. We know this sounds extreme, but we mean what we say. Our goal is to provide our members with all the knowledge they need to train a solid bitework dog.
- How to read the dog
- The four drive types and how each one thinks differently
- How to identify each dog’s lead drive
- The 10 key steps every bitework dog must learn
- How to lead each type of dog through the 10 key steps
- How to use the lead drive to create balance
- Stimulations, pressures, and rewards for each type
- The mitigating factors – nerves, thresholds
- Helper mechanics – drives, lock-ups, sleeve presentation, catches, etc.
- Problem solving
How does the club work?
Every Monday, the week’s lesson will be posted in the form of an instructional video. After viewing the lesson, we ask that you participate in our forum – discuss the lesson with other members, make comments and ask any questions you have. Our trainers and moderators will be following along with your conversations. Your involvement is critical to our process because on Friday, a wrap-up video, based on the member questions and comments, will be posted. Our goal is to tailor the information to our members, which is why we strongly encourage your participation. After each week is completed, the video lesson and the forum conversation will be archived for members to revisit at any time. This process will continue until we have covered all the core information of the method. At that time, the weekly lessons will become more current to our members’ needs based on the direction of the forum discussions. Some lessons may be lectures on a particular technique or common problem, while others will be actual training videos. We invite our members to send in or post videos of their own dogs; we may use your video in a lesson or display an impressive performance on the site. We will also be sharing tips, common problem solving, and other useful information. Again, the club is based on our member’s needs. We chose to make this an interactive process for a reason, so tell us what you want to know. The more you participate, the better this experience will serve you!