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Beating Distractors of the Detection Dog

BEATING DISTRACTORS OF THE DETECTION DOG

Traffic, People, Trash/Food, Animals, Noise

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DEFINITIONS

  1. Detection Dog – A trained dog that uses their nose to notify a handler of the presence of a trained odor. 
  2. Distractor – Anything that elicits an unwanted behavior and takes away from the task at hand.
  3. Stimuli – Anything that elicits or triggers a behavior.
  4. Brain Context – The context that is built around a stimuli
  5. Successive Approximation – Stair step method.  Breaking training down to small steps that start at the bottom and work their way to the top (goal).
  6. Threshold – Amount of stimuli needed to elicit a behavior.
  7. Stimulus Response Theory – Pairing of stimuli and behaviors using positive reinforcement (.5-1.5 seconds of the behavior)
  8. Reward – A Real thing. Has lasting power. Can be controlled.  

“You can do everything right and still be wrong  because you don’t know why your doing it.”

~AJ Vargas

THE THEORY BEHIND THE METHOD

  1. Richard Axel Explained – Nobel Prize – Scents and Sensibility: A Molecular Logic of Olfactory Perception
    1. Experience
    2. Expectation
    3. Emotion
  2. Create the Winning situation.
  3. Do you React or Respond?

3 THINGS TO HELP BUILD YOUR TRAINING PLAN

Root Cause of the Distractor
Threshold
Successive Approximation

5 Distractors of the Detection Dog

BEATING DISTRACTIONS PRINCIPLES

BEATING DISTRACTIONS PRINCIPLES

  1. Control The Environment
  2. Control The Exposure
  3. Focus on the Behavior

Things to be mindful of

 – Don’t create adversity – By over correcting or over stimulating the dog (reaction v. Respond)

 – Don’t be the crutch that enables or contributes to the Distractor.

 – Disclosure – Developmental Stages and time for behavior to change

 

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