We intended to film this particular video to show muzzle attacks with the emphasis on CPI's advanced fighting skills. In other words, a fairly serious video.
In having a large staff of dog trainers, one's passionate about protection training, some days "behind the scenes" at CPI can range from playful to a comedy act. That is exactly what happened this particular morning. Muzzle attacks done as sparring are always intense. Ian and Jay (Stevens) began horsing around ahead of time as if Ian were preparing for a fight. That was all it took. A little direction, a few cameras and voila!
The footage used for the muzzle attacks were all filmed in one 5 to 10 minute session. The "after fight interview" filmed once and very impromptu. It was a lot of fun to film and edit!
A special thank you to Ian Gresh for a job well done (to say the least). Great decoy work as well the improv in the "after fight" interview.
As a protection dog training center Canine Protection International (CPI) has developed a reputation for our muzzle attack training. Using muzzles enables us to bring out additional fighting instinct that usually would not be brought out. Sparring like what is done in the video also provides an opportunity to utilize the advanced fighting skills learned in bite work. Most importantly, it enables us to integrate protection skills into everyday life without the need for bite suits or training sleeves. Something important as few home invasions are committed by people wearing bite suits or training sleeves.
From a training standpoint there is a difference between "sparring" and everyday CPI muzzle training. Sparring is used to evaluate the level of proficiency a dog has achieved, and the opportunity to use those skills. In this case, proficiency in fighting skills and strategy. There is a difference between providing an opportunity to utilize skills, evaluating skills and TEACHING skills. We don't teach fighting skills, or muzzle attacks for that matter, by sparring. We teach fighting skills by teaching fighting skills. Fighting skills are taught systematically by teaching the individual skill sets needed to fight, much as an MMA fighter would learn the fundamentals of fighting in a systematic way within a class setting. We share this information as we have dog trainers contact us after trying to "fight" a dog the way they see CPI do so in videos. You have to train a dog to fight. Training is never accomplished by "fighting" or sparring. It's a long step by step process.
For more information on purchasing a protection dog by CPI, or to arrange for your dog to become a CPI protection dog (to be trained for you by CPI) , please call our training center at 877.560.3647 (DOGS). Also visit our website at ProtectionDogs.com to see more videos of our protection dogs in action! Also visit us at facebook.com/protectiondogs.