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Keeping track of items

Keeping track of items – This task can be taught to the dog independently or in conjunction with defense. To train him on defense, it's good to get him used to guarding things first, and only then move on to the conductor's proper defense. Besides, the dog should already be trained to stay in place (see the article ,,Stay”).

Larger items are intended for guarding, e.g.. a jacket, backpack etc., imbued with the scent of a guide. The dog is left next to the item with the command "stay, look after!”, the helper then walks quietly past the lying dog, who shouldn't react to it. He is allowed to follow a passerby, and even change positions, when he wants to have a larger field of observation, however, you must not go nowhere. Any attempts to walk away are suppressed by the guide (standing nearby) with the command "stay!”, with the possible use of a slingshot.

If a repetition of the exercise proves, that the dog stays there even when the handler is not present, we start the right learning. The assistant tries to take the guarded item. Often times, the dog already has a well-developed guarding instinct and will not allow things filled with the smell of his master to. In this case, the role of the handler is limited to keeping the dog's temperament under control, who is not allowed to move away from the guarded object, and the more to chase the "thief", fleeing after an unsuccessful attempt to steal. To wean the dog from chasing the runaway, it's good, if two or more helpers come from several sides simultaneously. One of them marks theft and the moment, when the dog attacks him, he runs away quickly. While the dog is chasing the "thief” the next assistant runs to the guarded object and ostentatiously tries to kidnap it. If the dog doesn't notice it or doesn't react, the guide must call out ,,watch "and point to the new" thief”. The dog starts chasing the second robber”, this one throws the prey and runs away. If the dog stays with its deposit, we praise him. If, on the other hand, he is chasing the second thief, the third or the first grabs the object and the fun begins anew. Usually the dog will understand quickly, that only without departing from the object will he be able to look after it. You can put a muzzle on your dog for this exercise, but not restricting the freedom to breathe and bark; helpers can then be people without special protective clothing. It will always be easy to find willing helpers among boys, which the dog should not know.

The behavior of the helper should convince the dog, that his barking or threat of bite is effective. If, on the other hand, the dog behaves indifferently, the assistant should approach the workpiece, sneaking along the ground or teasing the 'watchman” in a different way. The less decisive the dog's defense and attack is, the more clearly the helper should make concessions. The handler encourages the dog to defend himself by calling "watch!” and take turns giving a voice!”, but the latter keyword must be used less and less as science progresses. Also be careful, so that the dog does not leave its place, and, if necessary, remind him with the signal "stay, look after!”.

According to the same rules, a dog is taught to guard the car and the things in it. Besides, the dog easily gets used to his master's vehicle; he considers it his "home."”. Initially, you have to stand nearby and watch over, so that the charge does not arbitrarily leave the open wagon. You can make his stay in the car pleasant, and at the same time stimulate his defense instincts, when he is given more bone to chew, which "thief” first of all, he will want to take away. Over time, the dog will learn to bark at any strangers touching the car and bite the hand reaching into the car. After each long ride, the dog should be taken out before being left on guard, to be able to stretch his limbs and take care of his natural needs. On warm days, you should not leave your dog in a tightly closed car, and on hot days – even in the open, because it can threaten the animal with heatstroke, often fatal.