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  • Trailing versus tracking: The keys to success

    Trailing versus tracking: The keys to success

    Narc & Explosive Detection, SAR 10/16/2013 at 9:30 pm

    Trailing frequently is confused with tracking, and the two terms are often used interchangeably. Tracking is based on the human visual perception of an event through visible tracks or spoor. I believe that the term is used mistakenly to describe our human interpretation of events that only the dog can […]

     
  • Reading Your Dog

    Reading Your Dog

    Narc & Explosive Detection, Patrol, SAR 10/01/2013 at 1:17 pm

    Have you ever wished your dog could talk? What we do not stop and realize is that our dogs talk to us all the time. They talk to us through the little indicators they give us. As handlers and trainers, it is very important for us to learn our dog’s […]

     
  • Hard Surface Tracking: One Approach

    Hard Surface Tracking: One Approach

    Narc & Explosive Detection, Patrol, SAR 09/25/2013 at 9:18 am

    While debriefing a training session in the K9 office one evening, members of our K9 unit were holding forth on some different approaches to one particular dog’s problem with a clean release and recall. While our agency, like most had designated “Trainers,” we often took the committee approach when holding […]

     
  • Demystifying Detector Dog Training Myths

    Demystifying Detector Dog Training Myths

    Narc & Explosive Detection, SAR 09/04/2013 at 2:32 pm

    Part Two (of three) – Detection Canine’s False Response/Nonproductive Response Thanks to many of you who read and commented on Part One of this article, I appreciate your time and opinions. I would like to add a clarification to one of my sentences after a very astute and correct reader […]

     
  • Are we truly VALIDATING our training for Working Dogs with the currently available “certifications”?

    Are we truly VALIDATING our training for Working Dogs with the currently available “certifications”?

    General Topics, Patrol, SAR 07/03/2013 at 9:36 pm

    Combining my 28 years in research and quality operations and my 35+ years’ experience with “down in the dirt” dog training experience, I have often wondered if our current system, which hasn’t changed much in my 35 years of dog work, of so-called certifications truly “validates” our training as it applies to […]

     
  • Demystifying Detector Dog Training Myths

    Demystifying Detector Dog Training Myths

    Narc & Explosive Detection, SAR 07/02/2013 at 10:45 pm

    Part One – Detection Canine’s False Response/Nonproductive Response This article will bring a fresh look to many decades of canine training myths, mysteries and lies. In recent years I have seen an increase in articles and training seminars revolving around “problem solving” on canines with false responses/nonproductive response (NPR) issues. […]

     
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