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From Yawn to Get it On! Starting Puppy Bitework

From Yawn to Get it On! Starting Puppy Bitework

Watch as this 4 month old German Shepherd puppy goes from bored and distracted to excited and engaged…over the course of 8 sessions in 4 weeks. By using the PronouncedK9 method to determine the puppy’s type, Brian Harvey is able to use the dog’s innate characteristics to achieve the desired results.

The PronouncedK9 method is centered around the concept that there are four basic drives that motivate protection dogs. Helpers using our training method will be taught how to approach a dog for the first time and provide a stimulus or trigger to test each of the four drives. If the method is used correctly, it is easy to see which type each dog is. The drive to which the dog shows the strongest natural response is that dog’s lead drive.

Many existing training methods have led helpers to believe that training in prey is the best approach for starting a puppy or inexperienced dog because it involves less stress. Following that same way of thinking, many people believe that training in defense is scary and much more stressful to the dog.

We all agree that in the beginning stages of training, the less stress we put on the dog, the better off we are. Where the PronouncedK9 method differs from this traditional thinking is our theory about what creates stress for each dog. PronouncedK9 trainers understand that not every dog thinks the same way, which means that different dogs are going to have different instinctual reactions to the stimuli we use in training; what is stressful to one dog is not necessarily stressful to another. Our method acknowledges these differences and teaches you how to approach each type of dog to get the desired reaction, instead of using one approach for every type.


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Foundation Bitework Video of Young German Shepherd

Foundation Bitework Video of Young German Shepherd

Check out the level that this young dog is working at already!
PronouncedK9’s Brian Harvey is working the foundation bite work on 16 month old Hondo, owned and handled by daughter Chelsea Harvey.

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Proposed ban on the use of e-collars

Proposed ban on the use of e-collars

This week, Jim Alloway, president of the USCA, sent a notice out to all USCA Members making us aware of a movement toward a WUSV rule that imposes an international ban of the use of e-collars and possibly other training devices. You can read the memorandum here.

How did we get to this point?

Brian Harvey has a unique perspective on this, built on his 30 plus years of being active in the sport. Watch his video and please share your own experiences in the comments section below.

Brian Harvey and PronouncedK9 are dedicated to the training the true Schutzhund. PronouncedK9 is a training method developed by Brian Harvey to promote fundamentally-sound Schutzhund training for sport, police and protection dogs. Our goal is to teach you to produce well-balanced dogs with reliable training that are capable of succeeding both in real-life situations and high-level competition.

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Starting Out on the Right Track

Check out this awesome puppy bred by Joe Brockington of ISBO K9. Chapo is a pup out of Joe’s dog Yogy Policia-Slovakia.
This video is the start of Chapo’s training here at PronouncedK9.
You can follow his progress going forward on the PronouncedK9 On-Line Training Club.

For more info on Chapo’s breeding or his sire Yogy, contact Joe Brockington at ISBO K9.

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End of Schutzhund?

schutzhundBelow, Brian references Jim Engel’s article “Schutzhund is Over in Europe” regarding the  removal of stick hits from the FCI IPO Championships. Brian has a few things to say on the future of schutzhund:

Although I think this article is a little on the dramatic side, I totally agree with Jim that its time for Americans to take charge of our own working dog affairs. I also believe its time to get back to the fundamentals that made Schutzhund great in the first place; testing dogs for courage and hardness, and promoting the ones that have it. As far as the stick hits go, I’ve already heard fellow Schutzhund competitors say, “Who cares? What difference does it really make, someone is still going to win.” At this rate, I too believe that the stick hits will be gone from competition in two years time.  Like the old saying goes, when you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything, which is really the larger issue at hand here.

In all fairness, I don’t believe that this can be blamed on the show dog community.  It probably has more to do with the outside pressures to be politically correct and our leadership’s growing concern with the public perception of what Schutzhund is. But if show and pet people are indeed determining the path of our sport, it is only because we — the working dog people — are allowing them to.  If the consensus is that show people care more about a dog’s conformation and movement than its skill and performance, then of course they’re going to welcome any rule change that makes getting a title easier.  Since the working aspect of the dog isn’t their main focus, who can blame them for that? In the three decades I’ve been involved in the sport, this hasn’t changed. Conformation people want now what they wanted back then. If anything, I think I’ve seen an increase in the working ability of show dogs over the years, which is what I would like to see working dog people continue to support.


On the other hand, however, the mentality of most Schutzhund people has changed drastically in the last thirty years.  What they want today is totally different than it used to be. Today, the number one concern of most of my working dog friends is points. That’s the main focus; how can I get another point? They are willing to abandon all the fundamentals of Schutzhund just to get a higher score. Thirty years ago, no one would have traded their real protection dog for a dog that could simply win a trial. If a dog wasn’t serious, nobody cared about the score it got anyways. But these days the score is all anyone cares about.


The point is that if we are to be the champions of the working dog, we have to take responsibility for the evolution our sport is undergoing.  Its people like us, the people who are reading these articles, that are most concerned about the direction the sport is headed in. We have the most to lose here. So why not stand up and take charge while we still have the chance?
~Brian Harvey

What do you think?