Clicker Training for Scent Detection DVD
Presented by: Angela Eaton, CTP-KPA
Run Time: 3 hrs 56 mins
What is Canine Scent Detection? Canine scent detection includes disciplines of search and rescue, bomb, arson, and drug detection (chemicals), detection of organics, and medical alert. Although some people are familiar with the concept of dogs using their noses to find things, few trainers understand how to teach this discipline while creating a working partnership with scent dogs. This DVD provides the most complete course in scent detection available. It offers discussions and demonstrations to explain step-by-step processes using clicker training as the most effective method of developing canine scent detection.
Dogs’ physiology, the science and the dynamics of scent are described and illustrated as a basis for understanding how this affects dogs’ nose work, as well as the different ways dogs identify or locate specific scent. It’s important to remember to train for the mission and to train for the worst case scenario in medical alert. Demonstrations show each step in training a dog to identify scent, follow scent to its source, and indicate when they locate the source of the scent.
The special nature of clicker training is explained as a way to teach scent discrimination, increase the value of the scent, and train special indications while developing the partnership. The importance of building persistence and fluency for distance, duration, and distractions, as well as building a chain of behaviors to complete the picture are demonstrated. Although dogs have a natural ability to process scent, this video teaches how good trainers can benefit from that ability through respect and mutual benefit using clicker training.
Guest speaker Rachel Thornton will discuss how this applies to diabetic alert training.