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 video 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.
Presentation by: Angela Eaton, CTP-KPA
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Angela Eaton has almost 40 years of experience training and working with dogs. She has trained and worked in scent detection since 1983 and is the author of the book, Guide to Search and Rescue Dogs (Barron’s, 2004). Before her life in search and rescue, Angela’s experience with working dogs also included breed championships and many high-in-trial awards in obedience competitions, as well as other canine sports. Angela is also the Executive and Training Director of Canine Partners of the Rockies®, a non-profit organization that raises, trains, and matches service dogs with people who have severe mobility limitations.
Angela earned her certification in clicker training from the Karen Pryor Academy in 2003. Since that time she has developed protocols in error-free learning to teach dogs to find and indicate on sources of a variety of scents in many applications and circumstances. In addition to writing, she also teaches classes, seminars, and gives workshops on scent detection and other topics of interest in the areas of training and behavior.
This video qualifies for 4 trainer CEUs