Simon Prins - Blog
Dear friends and colleagues,
While the world is struggling with Covid and polarization takes place in a shifting political arena, I praise myself as lucky that we, as animal trainers, can connect with that other world. The world of our canine friends. I learned so much from the dogs around me. They brought me in contact with many great people all over the world. And maybe the best lesson they have taught me is that they live in and enjoy them now! They are not grumpy about yesterday; they don’t fear the future. They live their lives now, today! This website, my blogs, my workshops, and the products in my online store will help to energize your training. Keep dreaming about what is beyond the horizon because we still need to learn more about the dog world. They learn so fast, bond with us humans, and give us joy, help, and hope.
Join us in our ongoing journey to learn more about dog training, scientists’ work and experience the true faith and loyalty of the dogs on this planet. I hope to meet you during one of my workshops. Please do share your dog-related stories with me. I wish you a lot of pleasure in training these magnificent animals!
Interesting to meet so many people in the Middle East region and discuss canine training. A harsh climate for detection dogs to work. A lot of challenges and also great innovative solutions.
Improving the training of your detection dog
For K-9 Cop I wrote this article with the title ‘improving the training of your detection dog’ In this article, you will find a lot of information about scent wheels. Read the article about Improving Your Training
Magical Kongs for K-9 Cop
Especially in Europe a lot of detection trainers use Kong as a basic start target odor. For the K-9 Cop magazine, I wrote this article with more information. Read the article about this Kong Magic
Working double-blind with detection dogs!
Trainers and handlers must understand the difference between false negative and false positive alerts, as we’re constantly influencing our dogs in multiple ways. Read the article about: K9 detection teams need to train double-blind
Animal Training Documentary
In December 2017, Bob Bailey and Simon Prins were invited to visit Houston, USA. They were interviewed about their work. Working together for 20 years means a lot of exciting stories. This documentary will give an insight into their fantastic training concepts.
Professional Animal Training
Simon’s an active contributor to K-9 Cop Magazine, a popular and highly regarded USA based magazine. Read this article K-9 Cop magazine april/may 2017
Bridge signals and Kongs
I wrote this article about Kongs and bridge signals. It’s not a magical Kong or magical whistle that’s being used as a bridge signal that will make the difference between good en bad training. It’s about the timing, skillsets, and criteria that the trainer will bring into the training. Read the article about Magical Kongs
Interview with Sophia Yin (The Bark)
To remember my good friend Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, (September 28, 2014), I will place the interview with her and Bob Bailey. Sophia was an applied animal behaviorist. A long-time The Bark contributing editor, she was also the author of two behavior books. Remembering Dr. Sophia Yin
Don't ban training tools. Ban bad trainers!
There is a discussion going on which training tools we need to blacklist. I’m convinced that forbidding the use of e-collars or prong collars will not stop the punishment training. We need to start discussing training methods and educate our trainers and handlers. Read the article about: Don’t ban training tools. Ban bad trainers!
Dutch magazine "De Jager"
Simon’s an active contributor to “De Jager,” a Dutch Magazine (apologies, this interview is written in Dutch). Wat kunnen voorjagers leren van Simon Prins