> The Bond Between Handler and
> B - Believe in the dog
> O -Observe
> N - Nurture (educate) the dog
> D - Depend on one
> B - Believe in the dog is of
> Many actual cases illustrate this point. If the
handler has the tendency to
> lead the dog while tracking, they will
never become a proficient team since
> the dog will soon become
discouraged and refuse to work properly. It is the
> duty of every dog
handler to follow and investigate indications made by the
> dog, no
matter how impossible it may seem.
> Example of an actual
> A police service dog indicates a garbage can. The dog handler
> chastising the dog. Mentally alert, the dog handler lifts the
lid of the
> garbage can and finds the stolen goods inside. The dog
handler stakes out
> the area and a short time later arrests the subject
when they return for the
the dog handler believes in the dog, greater success and appreciation
will follow. It is not intended that the handler should follow blindly
behind the dog. One must remember that it is a team effort and that the
handler must be mentally alert and assist when necessary; however, he should
> not doubt the ability of his charge.
> O -
Observe the dog.
> Each dog must be treated with individual consideration,
the reason being
> that each dog communicates or indicates through
actions in a different
> manner. The dog handler must observe in order to
interpret the actions of
> the dog. If the dog handler is not mentally
alert, he may miss the
> indication of the dog or he may misinterpret an
indication and this could
> mean the difference between success and
> N - Nurture (educate) the dog.
word "nurture" pertains not only to diet, but also to the education of
the dog. Some people feel that there is no limit to what a dog can be
taught. Thanks to the use of imagination and hard work, a dog can become a
> very effective instrument. Here again, it is the duty of the dog
> contribute as much as possible to the education of his
charge. If actual
> working conditions are simulated, the dog will become
very proficient and
> confident. The more time one spends with the dog,
the closer the union will
> become between handler and dog. One must
remember that the dog is learning
> all the time he is with the
> D - Depend on one another.
> The dog
must depend on the handler for its very existence. It is the duty of
the handler to care for the dog in all respects and in the best possible
> way. On the other hand, the handler must depend on the dog, hence a
> feeling of dependence. The dog is the handler's so called "bread
> butter". If the handler has followed all the instructions he
> passed the knowledge on to his dog through training and
> responsibilities, then the handler has a proficient
helper, one proficient
> enough on whom he can depend. Therefore the
dependence is mutual.
> Proficient Working Team
The bond between handler and dog may be described as one of "feeling for one
> another"; however, it should be explored much more deeply since without
> bond, one does not have a proficient working team.
The motivation of the handler is one point that must be considered. If a
> handler's motive for working with a dog is that of personal gain or
> prestige, then there will be a gap in the bond. On the other hand, if
> motive is the pleasure and satisfaction attained in working with
> then there is a better chance of the bond forming.
> The bond between handler and dog does not come about immediately, but
> gradual process which takes time, in some teams longer than in
> prime factor is that the handler must like the dog.
Throughout, mention has
> been made of dogs being individuals and as such
have certain traits that are
> reflected. These may be referred to as
personality traits which are taken up
> by the prospective handler. If
the handler does not like the personality of
> a certain dog, it is his
duty to make his feelings known to his superior.
> Dislike of the dog on
the part of the handler will reflect on the dog and
> the feeling will be
mutual, resulting in no bond.
> It is imperative that a bond is
formed in order for a successful team to be
> produced. The handler and
the dog are the only two that will know when the
> bond has been formed,
but an experienced trainer can see the rapport between
> the two.
> "To a Dog" - A story that illustrates how faithful a dog is.