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Training for canine scent searches requires a high level of skill from the dog and even more so from handler who is going to be observing those changes in behavior indicating the presence of a target odor. But just like some buildings that reach high into the sky, they are only as good as their foundation. If it doesn’t have a solid base, that building will come crashing down. The same happens in the wonderful world of detection work if a solid foundation hasn’t been formed. The more advanced the K9 team gets, the more important a solid, and constantly reinforced, foundation is. This is done through training, testing, and on-going maintenance training. Pete will discuss the absolute need for patience, something we as humans often lack, and the pitfalls of moving too quickly. In addition to the foundation, what are we searching for when training for canine scent searches? Target odors come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and amounts. Can your dog get you to the source no matter how much odor is out there? Odor thresholds are often forgotten as part of both foundational and on-going training. The importance of varying the amounts of target odor from very small to overwhelming is another key element for a K9 team to be successful. Pete has some techniques to allow you to be successful at both ends of the spectrum. Learning Objectives - Foundational training: The key element of foundational training is patience! What are the pitfalls of moving too fast or too slow? Reinforcing the foundations: No matter at what level you are, you are never too good to reinforce your foundational training. The higher your level, the more important the foundation! Odor thresholds: You never know just how much odor is out there for your dog’s nose to get into and small amounts of odor vs “odor bombs” and everything in between.
Sponsor:E-Training for Dogs, Inc
Speaker(s):Pete Stevens and Christina De Juan, PhD
Contact: Cheryl Lynne Aguiar