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In this presentation, you will learn important information you need to know before you begin to train a gluten detection dog. There is much more to it than teaching a dog a target odor. The dog needs to be able to work in an odor-filled environment and pick up on trace levels of gluten while sorting through millions of other odors. Much like the intense training and proofing that goes into preparing a service dog to work in public, ensuring the dog is comfortable and safe around a myriad of people, sounds, and other animals, the gluten detection dog will require just as much training and proofing on checking products and prepared meals. We will discuss issues involved in working with a odorant (gluten) that does not behave like other odors you may have worked with before. You will gain an understanding of what you are working with, what you are training for, and help you understand the needs of the the person using a gluten detection dog at home and in the public. How to train a gluten detection dog is not as simple as the dog indicating whether something is or is not safe to consume. Understanding not only how this training differs from other scent work, it is also important to understand how a person with Celiac or other conditions requiring a gluten-free lifestyle can use the gluten detection dog effectively.
Sponsor:E-Training for Dogs, Inc
Speaker(s):Dawn Scheu and Christina DeJuan, CPDT-KA, PhD
Contact: Cheryl Lynne Aguiar