How to Train a Drug Dog : Testing Out a Potential Drug Dog

We want to get a little more specific on this,
we’ll take the ball and go out to a field where there is grass, high grass something
he can’t readily see with his eyes and then we’ll put this and we’ll throw it or we’ll
put it out into a field and then we’ll come back the same way, and we”ll say look I don’t
have it! what happend to it, where did it go? and we’ll send him out. Now, he has to
look with his nose and smell with his nose rather than look with his eyes; As you can
see he watched every spot I went to and then he started going back to every spot I went
to but, If I throw it out into a grass field he has to search that grass field then he’ll
work the set cone of the article that I put out there and he’ll work it down until he
finds it. What we want to see is how long he searches. So, if we throw it out into a
big grass field we want to just stand back and say hey, I don’t have it, where is it
at? and just encourage him and see how long he hunts for it. The longer he hunts for it
the better it is and that can be for search and rescue, for cadaver dogs, and lake powell,
or drug detection or bomb detection. If, he searches for a little bit and then says I
can’t find it and just gives up, we don’t want that to happen. We want him to search,
search, search and search a long time and the more genetic drive of a hunting drive
they have in it. The longer he’ll search on his own rather than making us do it. One of
our analogies is when we do a dog we say we have to give them some type of reward system;
a little kid we can tell them to search his room or clean is room up, he’ll clean it but,
not very good. If, we tell we’re going to give him $200 dollars to clean his room, then
you know he is going to clean it and he is going to clean it as best as he can because
he wants that $200 dollars. We have to find that type of enthusiasm in the dog and sure,
we can’t give him $200 dollars so, what we do is He really, really likes this ball so,
what we’ll do is give him the ball as a reward. When he starts searching we’ll say “where
is it at, where is it at?”! and every time as soon as he finds it then we either; at
the beginning we’ll put the ball with what we want him to find and then he finds that
and he finds the ball, later on we take the ball away and then he finds it and then we
give him the ball as a reward.

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