Thursday, March 19, 2015

Carlos Hathcock the Marine-

Max poster.jpg      
Because there are positive roles models too!
Years ago I read some books on Carlos Hathcock. Marine Sniper- What stuck out in my mind so much was the ability for Carlos to concentrate. There was a story about him crawling through an open field for 3 days! He had to cross this field in order to finish his mission. The only problem was that the enemy was always looking in the field- walking in the field. 
He had to crawl inch by inch for 3 days through this field. Who can do that! Yes I know there are some folk who can but not that many compared to how many are walking the planet. He was chewed on by ants and other insects-  even laughed that he avoided death so many times but was going to be eaten alive and killed by these insects. When he had to go to the bathroom where do you think he did that at? Yep- he could not get up and use the restroom. Sometimes enemy patrols would walk right by him. 
Then after everything that he went through during those 3 days on his belly- he had to get up- make the shot- and then get the heck out of there. Imagine how his muscles felt after 3 days of laying on the ground. It was a successful mission and he always viewed his missions as saving Marines, which he did.   Carlos Hathcock-

I named Carlos after Carlos Hatchcock. This dog had the ability to concentrate fully on one thing at a time- but very intense concentration.  I like to name dogs with a meaning behind the name. 
The ripple effect by all of the lives that Carlos Hatchcock saved keeps on growing. There are some liberal pansies soft bellied folk who will point out that a sniper is killing people. Then there are the people who know that a sniper is saving lives. 

Kinda funny that Carlos was named after a Marine and then plays a Marine--- Semper Fi !!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Semper Fi

Here is a link to a movie called max- the lead dog was born here- his name is Carlos- after Carlos Hathcock a very famous Marine. From what I have read about Carlos Hathcock his ability to concentrate was phenomenal! Carlos the dog- well he was the same way. 

Semper Fi-

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fools and Dogs-

Most dog people will agree on the fact that dogs are typically honest creatures where as humans are deceitful.  I get folk coming over to my place who wish to appear honest and of good character  but eventually their true intentions come out. I also get folk who come here who are honest and honorable- really good people. Dogs reflect both groups of people.
If a dog does not like you they show it and do not hide their feelings. People will smile in your face and then talk behind your back, nothing new there. Been going on forever and will continue until the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.
It does get aggravating at times though, kinda like ticks in the summer time. Blood sucking parasites that spreads diseases, people gossip. I have learned to keep a healthy distance when dealing with the public because that saying " God is great beer is good and people are crazy" is so true.
People look at my course and will copy stuff from that and then have no idea what they are doing with it. Its not about climbing, jumping, walking, crawling- it is not about that at all. They will emulate things that they see you doing but do not understand why you are doing it. They are full of excuses when their dogs do not listen to them and tend to treat their dogs as "children."
If their dogs do not perform- they blame the system or personally attack you. Again, they have many excuses and they also gravitate to people who also make excuses.
You will not find me saying anything negative about any other dog trainer out there. There are many so called dog trainers that do indeed like to put down someone else in an effort to make themselves look good. That only shows their lack of confidence, integrity and experience.

Let your own work prove yourself and if you cant say anything positive- keep quiet. When you open your mouth and talk that way, everyone knows what a fool you are-

Stay happy :)

Monday, January 19, 2015


Post-combat insight from Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

Just read your latest article. Well done. Your usual great work at presenting the information. To get people "re-blued" or "re-calibrated" after a combat deployment I recommend that agencies put the police officer thru a series of video simulator scenarios. This is a tremendous tool to help ID any problems, and to get the individual back on track.
However, I'd like to submit the "rest of the story." You ID'd three cases where there were problems, and no doubt there are others, BUT, a) we don't know if these would have happened anyway, b) we can both find a LOT of examples of officers who were NOT in the combat zone who made the same kind of mistakes, and (most importantly) c) in most cases the returning combat veteran is a superior asset for the agency.
Remember, in WWII we had 11 million men in uniform. Remember "Saving Private Ryan?” Most of the WWII vets saw things we can't imagine, many of them were there for 2, 3, and even 4 years on end, and they returned to the US as superior members of society. They were the "Greatest Generation" and a new greatest generation is now coming home.
These new combat veterans have all the advantages that we associate with the seasoned old WWII/Korea veteran cops that some of us 'old timers' remember. I remember how my dad, a beat cop in the 60's, looked up to the WWII/Korea vets. The WWII/Korea vets were his heroes, and the best thing he could say about them was that they were in combat in WWII or Korea. As far as he was concerned, that said it all. They are cool under fire, less likely to over-react, and most of them are better able to deal with stress. After combat, everything else in life can be a cake-walk.
Indeed, these new veterans may be better able to perform police duties than the veteran of Normandy, Anzio, or the Pusan Perimeter. The WWII and Korea vets were in constant high-intensity warfare. Our new vets were deeply involved in nation building, in an environment in which too much violence can be detrimental to the cause and is often severely judged and immediately punished.
Below is an extract from the 2d edition of On Combat that addresses the problem of finding “balance” in our care for the returning veteran.
With thanks for all that you do for the community.

Excerpts from PoliceOne National Advisory Board Member Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, from the second edition of his bestselling book On Combat
[In] this age of sensational tabloid journalism, the media can encourage our returning warriors to wallow in the pity party by presenting endless reports and exaggerated "news" pieces implying that virtually every veteran of the war in the Middle East is suffering from full-blown PTSD. This can create dire consequences, as we shall see in a moment.
Here is a letter that I often send the press in response to their queries about the military and PTSD. It’s taken in part from an article of mine that appeared in Greater Good magazine:
Today I am on the road almost 300 days a year speaking to police agencies and numerous military organizations deploying and returning from combat. I teach them that there are two dangers they must guard against. One is that of the “Macho man” mentality that can cause a soldier to refuse to accept vital mental health services. The other danger is what I call the “Pity party.”
Interestingly, the very awareness of the possibility of PTSD can increase the probability that it will occur. There is a tendency for human beings to respond to stress in the way that they think they should. When soldiers, their spouses, parents and others are convinced that the returning veteran will suffer from PTSD, it can create a powerful self-fulfilling prophecy.
I decline most requests for media interviews because of my time-intensive traveling and teaching schedule. I also decline them because I refuse to be part of that "drumbeat of voices" that tells veterans that they are doomed to a lifetime of psychological trauma. I tell the media the truth but then they edit out anything that does not support their belief that “the war will destroy all the soldiers and we'll pay a price for generations to come.” This sensationalist “if-it-bleeds-it-leads” journalism is irresponsible because it can cause more harm to our warriors.
Sadly, it is not difficult to find people in the mental health community to support the thesis that anyone who kills, experiences combat, or witnesses violence (or any other fill-in-the-blank 'victim du jour') is doomed to lifelong PTSD and, consequently, needs lifelong mental health care. Too few mental health professionals communicate to their patients that 1) they can recover quickly from PTSD and that 2) they will become stronger from the experience. Yet that expectation must be there if there is to be hope of anything other than a lifetime of expensive counseling.
Here is what I tell all my military and law enforcement audiences:
PTSD is not like pregnancy. You cannot be “a little bit pregnant;” either you are, or you are not. PTSD is not like that.
PTSD is like being overweight. Many people carry around 10, 20, or 30 pounds of excess weight. Although it influences the individual every minute of every day, it might not be a big deal health wise. But for those people who are 500 pounds overweight, it will likely kill them any day now. There was a time when we could only identify people who had "500 pounds" of PTSD. Today we are better at spotting folks who carry lesser loads, 30, 40 or 50 pounds of PTSD.
I have read statistics that say 15 percent of our military is coming home with “some manifestation of psychological problems.” Others claim it is 20 percent and still others report 30 percent. Well, depending on how you want to measure it, 30 percent of all college freshmen have some manifestation of psychological problems. Mostly what is being reported on today are people with low levels of PTSD (30, 40 or 50 pounds of PTSD) who in previous wars would not have been detected. We are getting damned good at identifying and treating PTSD and, when the treatment is done, most people are better for the experience.
PTSD is not like frostbite. Frostbite causes permanent damage to your body. If you get frostbite, for the rest of your life you will be more vulnerable to it. PTSD is not like that.
PTSD can be more like the flu. The flu can seriously kick your tail for a while. But once you shake it off, you probably are not going to get it again for the rest of the year. You have been inoculated. PTSD can kick your tail for a while (months and even years). But once you have dealt with it, next time it will take a lot more to knock you off your feet because you have been stress inoculated.
When I was a kid, World War II veterans were everywhere. They were our police sergeants, captains and chiefs. They were our battalion commanders and our senior NCOs. They were our business leaders and our political leaders. The idea that a World War II veteran was a shallow, fragile creature who would break under pressure was ridiculous. (There were some people like that; everyone knew of a few, but they were rare.)
Nietzsche said, "That which does not kill me makes me stronger." The Bible says something similar many times. For example, Romans, chapter five says: "...we glory in tribulations...knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed." Throughout history, we have understood that bad things can make us stronger.
The World War II generation was the "Greatest Generation" and today a new Greatest Generation is coming home. That is, if we do not screw them all up by telling them (and their families, their neighbors and their employers) that they are ticking-time-bombs doomed to a lifetime of mental illness.
Here is what I believe is the heart of the matter. To harm and destroy people you have to lie:
Lie Number 1: Ignore the vast majority who are just fine and report only on the minority with problems.
Lie Number 2: Fail to report that most PTSD cases are people with only 30, 40, or 50 pounds of PTSD, people who in previous wars would have gone undetected.
Lie Number 3: Fail to report that we are damned good at treating PTSD and that we are getting better at it every day.
Lie Number 4: Fail to report that PTSD can be a step on the path to stress inoculation and that one can be stronger when they come out the other end.
Lie four times over. Lie the worst kind of lie: the lie of omission that gives only the distilled essence of the bad news. Create an expectation in veterans (and their families, employers and neighbors) that they are all fragile creatures who could snap at any time and are doomed to a life of suffering. Get veterans invested in their grievance and in their role as victim. Get them to draw disability from PTSD and convince them that they will never recover.
I want the media to care, but I am convinced that most of them are part of a mob-mentality, a pile-on, if-it-bleeds-it-leads profession that does not care about the harm they do. Remember, this is the same profession that put the Columbine killers on the cover of Time magazine twice – yes, twice - thus giving those brutal mass-murderers the very fame and immortality they wanted. This in turn inspired the Virginia Tech killer who also appeared on every news show and on the front pager of every newspaper in the nation. Sadly, this too inspires countless others as the media continues to be their happy co-conspirators in a murder-for-fame-and-immortality contract.
Please forgive me if I have been harsh but the situation calls for us to be passionate. Yes, some of our veterans will suffer from PTSD and we have an obligation to give them the best possible support. But we also need a balanced, tough love that creates an expectation that they will get over it, get on with it, and be better for the experience. That they will be the new Greatest Generation
I prefer to emphasize the positive expectations. Positive self-fulfilling prophecies. Now there is a nice concept. But will we ever see it in the news?

Monday, January 12, 2015



noun \ˈsə-təl-tē\
: the quality or state of being subtle
: a small detail that is usually important but not obvious

Ahhhhhhh- the essence of dog training and so much more! It does not really make a difference what profession that one is in. You can be a Scientist or a garbageman. A bus driver or a ballplayer. Subtleties make the difference between  average and a true artist in ones profession.  In  dog training they make all the difference. 

There are many examples to give but if you start to look for them you will start to notice many. For instance. One is walking a dog over a walkover and the dog is not used to it. Handler A takes his dog up- dog stops-he encourages the dog vocally and steps away from the dog a little- the dog follows. 

Handler B takes his dog up- dog stops- he encourages the dog vocally - the dog does not move. 

What was the difference? Why did dog A go forward but dog B stay? 

Handler A walked away just a little which propelled the dog to follow him. 
Handler B stood there- dog b was okay with just standing there too. 


The definition above says it well- " a small detail that is usually important but not obvious." 

Small details. 

Lets modify that definition a little- " a small detail that is usually important but not obvious to the handler."  The dog reacts to these subtleties whether you are aware of them or not. 

Start looking for them- start doing them- watch the difference in your dogs behavior. 




Sunday, January 11, 2015

One Good Man Doing Something-

Navy Veteran Kendrick Taylor, tells Orlando News 13 that his core Navy values resonated loudly when he saw an elderly woman being attacked by a young man in a grocery store parking lot:
“Honor, courage, and commitment.” he said.
He knew he couldn’t stand idly by and watch this 76-year-old woman get her purse violently snatched after being shoved to the ground.
“What if that was my grandmother?”
Not taking into consideration any potential danger, Taylor ran straight for the culprit, tackled him- hard – and waited for police to arrive.
His act of courage earned Taylor the Medal of Merit from the Orlando Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

 Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
via Facebook/Kendrick Lamar Taylor
Taylor hopes this act will inspire others to do the right thing.
“I think us being Americans, [we] should just stand up for each other, just stand up for what’s right and not look to the other person to try to act on it but act on it yourself and that will make us all better at the end of day.”
From serving his country to serving others, Taylor exemplifies true American spirit.

Great job! One good man doing something!!

Tell it like it is