The Art and Science of Decoying

If your decoy cannot explain to you what they are doing to your canine during training, then they are just a person with equipment. Learning to decoy is an on-going process and a perishable art. If you are not evolving as a decoy, then the canine’s bite training is standing still. A decoy’s role is like a sparring partner for a champion fighter and is just as important as your trainer’s role in training your canine. The skill of your decoy directly relates to the performance of your dog. If your goal is a sport / trial decoy or police K9 decoy, we can help you achieve your goal.  Our goal orientated decoy training course includes, but not limited, to the following:


K9 Unlimited Decoy Training


  • Introduction to protection dog sports (IPO, PSA, KNVP, Ring, SDA)
  • Selection of equipment (bite suit, sleeves, hidden sleeve and muzzle, etc)
  • Decoy safety 
  • Primary targeting and secondary targeting
  • Fundamental movements and “catch” mechanics
  • Opposition reflex during bite work 
  • Alerting on passive suspects
  • Decoy’s role of the “out”
  • Discussion of theory and practice of proper decoy skills
  • Eliminate useless movements / Promote useful movements
  • Applying decoy skills from theory to practice 
  • And more!

K9 Unlimited Police Decoy Training


  • Applying and relieving pressure / channeling drives
  • Prey guarding and decoy body language
  • Adding distractions to bitework
  • Implementing decoy fundamentals into bite work scenarios (Police – Sport)
  • Advanced targeting and countering techniques
  • Muzzle Fighting
  • Passive bites
  • Seated bites
  • Civl bites
  • Eliminate equipment orientation man orientation exercises (sleeves do not create equipment orientation, decoys do)
  • And more!

Police K9 Decoy Instruction

Our Police K9 decoy program is designed for Police K9s.

  • Discussion of the theory and practice of proper decoy skills
  • Decoy safety 
  • Opposition reflex
  • Chaneling drives
  • Man orentation / Civil bites
  • Proper catch mechanics
  • Passive bites
  • Eliminate useless movements, promote useful movements
  • Proper use of break sticks
  • Prey guarding 
  • Deployment exercises
  • And more!