On Target - Training Substance Detector Dogs

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Detection 2

Video two of this series shows how to use Randy Hare’s ground-breaking methods to accomplish the next five learning objectives in the training of drug and explosive detector dogs. 

4) Teach the dog to divert its attention from reward to target odor. 

5) Establish a cue for search behavior. 

6) Teach the “oral response.” 

7) Develop the dog’s ability to complete prolonged searches. 

8) Teach the dog to ignore distracters. 

Once these objectives are achieved, then the student detector dog will have achieved the special attributes of the Hare-trained detector dog: The dog will possess a crystal-clear understanding of his task, and he will display the kind of obedience to odor that makes it virtually impossible to disturb or distract him during search or indication.

He will also exhibit an extraordinary degree of independence and self-belief while searching. Finally, the dog will display pronounced and obvious changes of behavior when he encounters target odor, accompanied by prolonged and intensive efforts to pinpoint the odor source prior to making a final indication.

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  • 2005 MarCom Creative Gold Award
  • 2005 DV Award Winner
  • Two (2)- 2006 26th Annual Telly Award Winner

Copyright 2005 Canine Training Systems®. 77 minutes.

Detection 3

This third, and final video, in this award-winning series details Randy’s procedure for finishing the detector dog’s education in real world situations while learning the final six objectives. In addition, the training of the passive detection dog is taught in detail using a contact or close acknowledgement response to pinpoint target substance.

This title details: 

09) Recognizing additional target substances 

10) The Oral and Acknowledgement Game 1 

11) The Oral Game 2- Problems of Access and Puzzles 

12) Introducing vehicle searches and the Oral Response 

13) Including the Final Response in Vehicle searches 

14) Building Searches 

15) On Leash and Directed Searches

Training the Passive Dog:

1) Selecting a good detector dog prospect. 

2) Teaching the Target Odor- Reward Association. 

3) Conditioning the Final Response. 

4 & 5) Teaching the dog to divert his attention from reward to target odor. 

6) Teaching the "Contact Response" (The analog to the "Oral Response"). 

7) Extending the search. 

8 & 9) Teaching the dog to ignore distractors and to recognize additional target odors. 

10 & 11) The "Contact & Acknowledgement Game" and Problems of access and puzzles. 

12 & 13) Introducing vehicle searches with the Contact Response and including the Final Response in vehicle searches. 

14 & 15) Building, On Leash and Directed Searches. 

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  • 2008 Videographer Award of Distinction
  • 2008 Communicator Award of Distinction
  • 2008 29th Annual Silver Telly Award Winner
  • 2008 Ava Gold Award Winner
  • 2008 Davey Silver Award Winner
  • 2008 MarCom Creative Gold Award Winner

Copyright 2007 Canine Training Systems®. 77 minutes.


  • On Target - Training Substance Detector Dogs

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