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K9 Mindfreak

K9 Mindfreak

By Canines on Duty
K9 Mindfreak is a product of Canines on Duty where we teach K-9 Handlers, Trainers, Decoys and any dog lover the science behind the mind. We dive into how our behaviors affects our dogs and so much more. We will bend your mind by teaching you up-to-date psychology that is based on real science.
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Interview with Special Forces Marine Jamie Guajardo owner of Semper Flies
In this interview Jamie shares his story of being a Force Recon combat Marine. Jamie has overcome incredible odds and is alive to share his story so other veterans struggling with PTSD feel they are not alone. This interview was designed to help Jamie get the word out that Semper Flies is here to help hurting veterans. Not only does creating fishing flies help keep a veterans mind off the past but Semper Flies also give Jamie a platform to share his story.   Please click on the gofundme link and send a donation to help Jamie in his efforts in being a leader in the veteran community. Your donation will help Semper Flies become a 501c3 as well as providing the materials needed to help others.
November 19, 2021
Training Consistency Issues
In this discussion Ryan and I chat about trying to tackle your dog behavior issues in real time. This is an impossibility because of unexpected variables in everyday life. When is your phone going to ring next? When is the car going to not work right? These are problems that arise which demand our attention. Therefore, we cannot be fully present when the unwanted dog behavior shows up. If you want to be the best trainer for your dog click here ->
October 15, 2021
Irrational thinking and how it affects your training and the bond with your dogs.
In this episode Ryan and I chat about the consequences of irrational thinking. We also provide a few solutions to help you calm down and think rationally.  If you would like to learn about the mind of a dog and also how human behavior affects a dogs behavior,  click here ->
September 17, 2021
Q & A with a Michele Maughan Scientist for DOD and Ryan Mathias.
In this discussion Michelle Maughan, Ryan Mathias and myself talk about odor catalyzation, communication and value of research. We also discuss how important empathy and compassion are within proper communication to further your education. In other words we are trying to be the examples on how to communicate without offending. This is extremely valuable in becoming more knowledgeable.  Bring your dog's training to the next level by unlocking the why behind your dog's behavior to learn how to optimize the good behavior and eliminate the bad behavior. Access our Dog Psychology and Problem Solving Webinar On Demand at any time here  -> As always I'd like to thank our sponsors: - For all your apparel printing needs and more. Check em out!! - Online K9 team education for everything you didn't learn at your K9 Academy! - Free podcasting app, start your podcast today!
April 09, 2021
Praise Misinformation and why people believe misinformation
Ryan Mathias (Security Contractor, Explosive Detection) and I chat about praise and praise misconceptions.  Bring your dog's training to the next level by unlocking the why behind your dog's behavior to learn how to optimize the good behavior and eliminate the bad behavior. Access our Dog Psychology and Problem Solving Webinar On Demand at any time here  -> If you would like to learn more about the mind of a dog click the following link -> As always I'd like to thank our sponsors: - For all your apparel printing needs and more. Check em out!! - Online learning for everything you didn't learn at your K9 Academy! - Free podcasting app, start your podcast today!
March 06, 2021
Interview with Paul Ludwig owner of Iron Dog K9
My wife Dawn and I join forces and chat with Paul Ludwig of Iron Dog K9 about the near fatal call one night where his K9 partner failed on a suspect apprehension and his entire world turned upside down in seconds. Paul's experience inspired a dynamic approach for training K9 handlers and their dogs that best suits the dog and the specifics of their unique experiences and needs. We also chat about issues we observe currently in the K9 industry that are leaving departments and their teams in very vulnerable positions regarding the reliable sourcing and performance of these teams responsible for the safety of their communities.  Paul can be reached at or if you would like Iron Dog K9's highly qualified teams of instructors and decoys to come and do a seminar for your agency call or text Paul at 814-476-6364. Iron Dog K9 Documentary can be found here -> Bring your dog's training to the next level by unlocking the why behind your dog's behavior to learn how to optimize the good behavior and eliminate the bad behavior. Access our Dog Psychology and Problem Solving Webinar On Demand at any time here  -> Alligator through window We would like to also thank our supporters:
February 07, 2021
Active Shooter K-9's with Joshua Morton
In this episode Joshua and I chat about his active shooter program. We also talk about an "Act of War" actually means not to mention his Seal Team experiences that lead to his ideas. Joshua can be reached at or send him a message on messenger.  For more information on the mind of a dog, click here - As always we'd love to thank our sponsors Threat Based Threads - K9 Field Training Officer (K9FTO) - and
December 18, 2020
Explosive detection contractor Ryan Mathias interview
Ryan and I chat about airflow in detection, detection myths, psychology and more. Ryan is a Marine and Law Enforcement Veteran and has been professionally handling his explosive detection K9 Yoki for 2 years. Ryan has a very curious mindset which brought us together. He is humble and has a thirst for truth despite popular beliefs in this industry.  I'd like to take a moment to thank our sponsors:
November 01, 2020
Dwayne Farris with Black Creek K-9 Pipeline Detection
In this episode Dwayne tells us all about pipeline detection and how paying attention to the environment could save your life and more. As always I'd like to thank our sponsors:
September 18, 2020
Interview with Alec Sparks with Snowbound Kennels.
In this episode Alec and I chat about old ways of thinking about training, new ways of thinking about training, E-collar's, Science and more.  If you want to know more about dog psychology click the following link: As always I would love to give a shout out to our sponsors: Thank you all for your continued support!
August 28, 2020
Discussion about becoming a better decoy with Neil Fougere from Pendulum K9 Services.
In this episode Neil and I discuss psychological aspects of decoy work, adaptation, communication and more. As always we would like to thank our sponsors; If you are learning from our podcasts a donation to assist with expenses would be appreciated. If you would like to contribute to our mission click on the "Support" button. Thank you in advance!!
July 17, 2020
Civilian Trainer Stigmas and beliefs, battling the odds.
In this episode Todd Mona who is an active LEO K9 Handler and Bryan Colletti from K9 Crime Stoppers which is a 501c3 that donates training and dogs to law enforcement agencies across the country discuss civilian K9 trainers. We dive into the stigmas and beliefs of some people. Specifically, some people believe that a civilian trainer who has never been in law enforcement cannot train a K9 as well as current or prior law enforcement.  Bryan does have a Malinois available for patrol work which we talk briefly about at the end of the podcast. Bryan can be reached at  Phone: 860-948-8674        Email: I would also like to thank our sponsors: - Online education for handlers. Learn everything you didn't at your K9 academy! - Custom apparel and printing services. - Create your very own podcast with anchor. If you are liking our K9 Mindfreak podcast a donation would be helpful, click on the "Support" button to help us keep these podcasts going. Thank you for your donation. If you would like to know more about what's going on in your dogs mind click on the following link.
July 01, 2020
Team Cohesion, getting along with other teams and non-K9 Officers
Active LEO handler Todd Mona and I chat about "Team Cohesion". Todd provides some suggestions to this difficult topic that has helped his agency and surrounding agencies work well together. Thank you Todd for giving K9 Mindfreak your valuable time to help other in these problematic areas. Todd has 14 years experience as a handler and 18 years all together serving in law enforcement. He is also a trainer for the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association and runs academies and in-service training for a dozen agencies. If you would like to know more about what's going on in your dogs mind click on the following link. As always we would like to thank our sponsors, without them this podcast would be able to continue.
May 29, 2020
Howard Young and I chat about handler selection and what departments should be looking for.
In this episode, Howard Young (White Beard K9 Inc) and I discuss human traits to look for and look out for. We chat about possible "Red Flag" traits that could kill a K-9 program. Howard shares his experiences over the last 26 years of police K-9 training. Having worked with many officers and K9 programs over the years, Howard brings many areas to consider to the table.  I'd like to again thank our sponsors that help make this podcast possible.
May 22, 2020
Phillipi Sanz from Para Bellum K9 and I chat about Advice Edicacy.
People are always criticizing others on social media about training videos, methodology, tactics and more. We wanted to share our thoughts on the matter. We hope to see the K9 industry have a more open mind and really help handler, trainers and even pet dog owners put more tools in their tool box. You can check out Para Bellum’s Facebook page at Also let’s not forget about our sponsors (Everything you need to know after your K9 academy) (Veteran and LEO (Law Enforcement Officer), Family owned and operated apparel and accessories company) and (Get your podcast started today)
May 15, 2020
Neutering Myths, Heat Exhaustion, Bloat and more!
Dr. Janice Baker and Trinity Maurer from Veterinary Tactical Group and I chat about fixing a work dog, Pre indicators of heat exhaustion, body break down from high core temp., bloat and more.  Check out the folks at Veterinary Tactical Group at We would also like to thank our sponsors; and or check them out on 
May 08, 2020
Interview with Master Sergeant Copeland
Master Sergeant Copeland and I chat about several topics like over correcting a dog. Another topic we touch on is Dopamine and what that means in training and deployments. Master Sergeant Copeland shares some stories and solutions to issues with dogs forgetting how to have fun. Most often this is created by the handler who is not consciously aware they actually caused the issue.  A big THANK YOU to our sponsor , You guys Rock!
May 01, 2020
Dopamine and how it affects human and dog behavior
In this episode we chat about the pleasure hormone dopamine. There has been a lot of studies conducted over the last few years. I believe understanding how the chemicals our bodies and a dog's body produces affect behavior. Enjoy!!! We, again, would like to thank our sponsor If you want to start a podcast head over to and sign up. It's free and they will take care of getting your podcast on multiple platforms. 
April 26, 2020
Quarantine Motivation - Open your eyes and see the good in the bad!
In this video we chat about viewing our problems in a different light. Look, times are tough but we can still find happiness and stay motivated. We just have to think outside the box a bit. Please comment if you have some words of encouragement. Thanks for watchin! Get access to our dog psychology webinar here: We would also like to thank our sponsor, you have made this easy and seamless. Thanks ...See More
April 20, 2020
Justin Rigney and I discuss Auditory Exclusion
Justin Rigney from K9 Services Unlimited LLC and I dive into the psychological aspects of Auditory Exclusion. Thanks Justin for hanging out with us here at Canines on Duty/K9 Mindfreak!
April 14, 2020
Interview with Daryl Gaunt from Paraclete K9 and active LEO Handler.
In this interview Daryl and I talk about all kinds of issue like; Correction Theory, passive bites, liability and more.  I pulled the audio from the zoom video interview so the sound isn't perfect but I promise the content is very valuable.  I'd like to thank our sponsor for helping get our podcast up and running on multiple different podcast platforms.  If you would like to attend the webinar we have coming up on April 11 (this Sat.) at 1200 (noon)  EST click the following link to register. We only have 50 spots so act quickly as they are filling up fast.
April 08, 2020
Interview with David Dorn founder of
Thanks for joining us for this episode where David Dorn and I talk about the perks of and why he started it. I must apologize for the feedback I was getting. I'm working with a new mic and still trying to figure out the do's and dont's.  Check out k9fto at If you are going to register for a class enter our code: cod2020 or caninesonduty.  We would also like to thank our sponsor for getting us on 6 podcast platforms. 
April 06, 2020
How our belief system causes problems in training and deployments
In a video interview I did with Dr. Caleb Lack a Clinical Psychologist and Professor for the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma we discussed the power of belief. We dive into how our belief's can be wrong affecting the way we handle our dogs. This podcast is the audio pulled form the video. I started reading his book Critical Thinking, Science, and Pseudoscience: Why We Can't Trust Our Brains 1st Edition after I purchased it on and let me tell you, it's awesome. If you want to know more about critical thinking, pseudo science and more, buy his book using the link below. We would also like to thank for helping us get our podcast off the ground. Thank you for such an amazing platform and sponsoring us. If you would like to have your own podcast I highly recommend If you would like to donate to help us reach more people and conduct more interviews with the top professionals in the world please hit the support button within the podcast. Thank you in advanced for supporting our mission in bringing the best dog education in the world. 
March 31, 2020
How'd we get here?
How did Dawn and Brian get involved in the dog world? How are they qualified to even talk about this working dog stuff never mind the psychology?  We answer those questions in our first full-length podcast.  Welcome to K9 Mindfreak.
March 29, 2020
Canines on Duty's K9 Mindfreak Podcast Introduction
Welcome to our new Podcast! K9 Mindfreak is dedicated to teaching dog and human psychology to help dog owners reach a new bond with their dogs. This information is extremely valuable to Police K-9 Handlers, Trainers, Decoys and pretty much anyone who loves dogs. The information we provide here at Canines on Duty is based on real scientific studies, not pseudo science. We provide up-to-date information on how we connect with our dogs.  Our Sponsors that make this possible:  If you haven’t heard about Anchor it’s the easiest way to make a podcast. Let me explain: • It’s free • There’s creation tools that allow you to record and edit your podcast right from your phone or computer • Anchor will distribute your podcast for you , so it can be heard on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and many more • You can make money from your podcast , with no minimum listenership • It’s everything you need to make a podcast , in one place Download the free Anchor app or go to to get started
March 28, 2020