Beating Distractors of the Detection Dog
As you listen to the recorded audio Follow Along with the outline below
- Detection Dog – A trained dog that uses their nose to notify a handler of the presence of a trained odor.
- Distractor – Anything that elicits an unwanted behavior and takes away from the task at hand.
- Stimuli – Anything that elicits or triggers a behavior.
- Brain Context – The context that is built around a stimuli
- Successive Approximation – Stair step method. Breaking training down to small steps that start at the bottom and work their way to the top (goal).
- Threshold – Amount of stimuli needed to elicit a behavior.
- Stimulus Response Theory – Pairing of stimuli and behaviors using positive reinforcement (.5-1.5 seconds of the behavior)
- 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.”
3 THINGS TO HELP BUILD YOUR TRAINING PLAN
Root Cause of the Distractor
BEATING DISTRACTIONS PRINCIPLES
- Control The Environment
- Control The Exposure
- 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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