* Scent Detective: Begining Nosework Games
* Odor targeting, recognition and detection basics
* Odor targeting, recognition and detection advanced
* Odor detection in the service and medical world
* Dogs Detecting Disease
* Bio Detection Basics
* Bio Detection Advanced
* Bio Detection Public Searches
GROUP CLASS DETECTION TRAINING IS ALWAYS SATURDAY MORNING AT 8 AM or 9:30 AM.
The following are GROUP classes where you do the work at our direction and have lots of homework.
Scent Detective: Begining Nosework Games
per 8 week class
Dogs have an amazing sense of smell created over centuries of evolution to enhance their need to hunt. Nose work takes this natural ability and desire of a dog to hunt with scent and turns it into sport that any dog can play. Through games and play, nose work can develop any dog's natural scenting abilities to their finest.
This class will teach a dog to detect a target odor, locate the source of that target odor and indicate that he has found the target odor. Much like training an explosives, drug or cadaver dog, we train dogs to search for the target odor by simply asking the dog, “Is there trained odor present in the search area or not?”, and waiting for his answer.
Odor targeting, recognition and detection advanced
per 8 week class
The alert (found it !) is the foundation of detection training. This class covers in detail the steps to creating an incredibly precise, clear, persistent, durable, passive indication to 5 different odors. We will work through the alert, odor discrimination, distraction proofing, distance from target and basic leash handling.
There are many dogs now that can sniff out medical issues that even doctors weren't aware of. Dogs can pick up on tiny changes in the human body, from a tiny shift in our hormones to the release of volatile organic compounds from cancer cells. This class will cover training a service dog to detect specific chemical changes in the owners body.
You and your dog come to training once a week for an hour at 6:30pm every Monday night or 4:30 pm every Sunday afternoon. Private lessons are also available. We know that life happens, so if you miss your class for whatever reason just come to the other class.
The first 2 months training (8 week class) is to see if the dog has the interest, willingness and aptitude for the work, then another 4 months (2 more 8 week classes) to hone all the skills learned and really commit to the work.
For those who would like to fast track through the process, private lessons are available 2 to 3 times per week. There will be no board and train or day training of these dogs. You are a team with your dog, just like a Therapy Dog Team.
You the owner must be commited. Be sure that you are on board with this and can make your training class every week. There will be no exceptions other then severe illness or accident.
The compensation is that the dogs who are able to do it will proudly be part of a published scientific study. Dogs who have gone through the entire training program will be part of our studies and will earn a wage. These dogs will also be helping other dogs and cats along the way.
No prior scent detection training is required at all. The dog has to be high energy, VERY willing and motivated to work for food or toys and able to handle a lot of repetition. If the dog is crate trained that is a definite plus, so that they can wait in a crate during breaks. The dog must know Leave It, and have enough self control and focus on the handler that he can pay attention to the learning process and not the other dogs.
We are positive reinforcement based trainers by choice. We do not allow punishment based training, corrections, teaching a dog who is boss, painful collars or shock, kicking, poking, slapping, choking, pinching or anything else designed to force the dog to comply. If you want to do these things away from our training space, fine, but it is obvious to us which dogs are trained that way as the interest, motivation, energy level and focus suffer greatly in our classes where that type of training isn't allowed but it is otherwise.
We will favour certain breeds and breed mixes. Hounds, although good at tracking and hunting, do not do as well with the meticulous attention to detail bio detection requires. Squished faced dogs (other than boxer mixes) do not have the capacity in most cases to 1) commit to a scent and 2) the stamina required due to restricted air passages (this includes many bully breed dogs as they do not have the stamina). Small dogs are welcome, but toy and teacup will not do well. It is our experience that herding breeds and mixes, boxer mixes, Papillon, spaniels of all sizes, terriers of all sizes and some sight hounds do well with nosework. But every dog that comes to us will receive an evaluation. There are always exceptions to every rule !!
Just like in service dog training, bio detection dogs are not your every day pet dog. There must be a level of dedication, motivation and committment both from the dog and from the human end of the leash. Even with that, many dogs do not finish the training due to lack of apptitude. If that happens to you, there are other avenues that you can explore with us. We also train Rally Obedience, Musical Freestyle, Barn Hunt, Treibball, Degility and Parkour. None of these will give your dog a wage based job, but at least one will make you and your dog happy.
We adhere to current hospital standards and good laboratory practice in handling of the biologicals. The biologicals are secured inside metal baskets when not in use and all care is given to the scent preparation process so that there is no contact with the dogs’ noses. The owners will be asked to sign a waiver saying that they understand any potential risk involved.
ADVANCED DETECTION TRAINING
Dogs Detecting Disease
per 8 week class
Disease has roots. There are triggers for nearly every disease in the environment. In this class you and your dog will learn about the different disease vectors, how environmental toxins affect the human body and where your dog will find them.
Starting with 2 environmental toxins - mold and phthlates (an endocrine disruptor). Mold is everywhere, but specific molds can be the precursor to you getting the flu or not. Mold is also one of the triggers for Parkinson's, Alzheimers, MCAS and a host of other environmental syndromes and disorders.
In this class we will add 3 more environmental toxins - coal tar derivative scents (fake perfume), and fuel emissions from our normal household gas run tools.
Particle pollution can contribute to the development of heart and lung disease, asthma attacks, and lung cancer. And researchers are discovering that particle pollution is creating new syndromes and diseases as different parts of our body's are affected.
Private lessons happen 2 to 3 times per week and are very intensive. Homework is maximized as this is a fast track method of learning scent work and still have reliability. The minimum time to complete all basic sections averages 5 months. The minimum time to complete the advanced sections is 5 months.
If you need a detection dog for whatever purpose, please contact us. Board and train for one dog for 10 months (if the dog is at least 6 months old to start), is $25,000 per dog. That covers all living expenses of the dog, medical, equipment and training.
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