Course curriculum

  • 01

    Introduction

    • Training The Pet Detective

    • Training

    • Consistency is the Key to Dog Training

    • Shaping a Behavior

    • Training Plans

    • Be a splitter, not a lumper!

    • Reading Your Dog

    • Leash Handling Skills

    • Training Yourself to Follow

  • 02

    Human Training Games

  • 03

    Odor Descrimination

    • Introduction

    • Should I be able to smell the odor?

    • 5 Dog Nose Facts You Probably Didn't Know

    • Scent and The Working Dog

    • What You Don't Know About Your Dog's Nostrils

    • Odor Span Tasks In Dogs

    • Why Do Dogs Have Such a Strong Sense of Smell?

    • Target The Sock

    • The Stinky Sock Shell Game

    • Search for the Stinky Sock

  • 04

    Collecting Samples of Odor

    • Tools of the Trade

    • Materials for The Scents Themselves

    • Preparation for Training

    • The Client’s Preparation

    • Odor Hygiene

  • 05

    Engagement, Focus and Attention

    • Introduction

    • The Power of Full Engagement, Managing Energy, Not Time

    • Behavior Observations of YOUR Dog

    • Sources of Motivation

    • Moving Towards Mastery: Seek Many Paths

    • Expectancy Theory of Motivation

    • Focusing Toy Motivation: Create intense desire for a favorite training toy

    • Who’s Your Daddy - Finding Bacon

    • Focusing Food Motivation

    • Reinforcement VS Motivation

    • Choice

    • Making Decisions and Choices

    • Rehabilitating the Power of Choice

    • Choice Rehab

    • Target Training

    • Target This Scent

    • What's That Smell

    • Search

    • Tugging Fool

  • 06

    Are You Ready?

    • Are You Ready?

    • Rudiments – Before the Basics

    • Games for Prediction and Confidence and Focus

    • Creating Attention

    • Do You Want to Work?

    • The Bucket Game

    • Start Buttons

    • Which Way?

    • Show Me The Money

    • Ten Treat

    • Scent Free Area

    • You Pick!

  • 07

    Simple Scent Games for Starting a Search Dog

    • Introduction

    • Rags and Muffins

    • The Shell Game

    • Pyramid Cups

    • Snuffle Garden

    • There`s A Smell!

    • It's This One Silly

    • Target This Scent

    • What's That Smell

    • Find The One

    • Find It

    • Track It

    • Scavenger Hunt

    • Chasing Food

    • It's In Your Hand

    • Getting pushy

    • A zillion ways to say please

    • Show Me

    • Can I Tell You Something?

    • I Can’t See, It’s Dark

    • Oh My, Where Did It Go?

    • Drop and Find It

    • Splash and Find It

    • Scatter Find It

    • Quarry Quest

    • Find Your Toy

    • Name That

    • Find My Kitty

  • 08

    Components of Scent Detection Searches

    • Introduction

    • Track Laying

    • All About Turns

    • Matching to sample

    • Go, no-go paradigm

    • Two-choice paradigm

  • 09

    Puppy Tracking Training

    • Treat path

    • Track It

    • Gravy Trail

    • Tuna Tracking

    • Find Me

    • Find My Kitty

  • 10

    A Simple 8 Week Curriculum

    • Introduction

    • Week 1

    • Week 2

    • Week 3

    • Week 4

    • Week 5

    • Week 6

    • Week 7

    • Week 8

    • Follow Up - More Training May Be Needed

  • 11

    I Found It!

    • Getting a Persistent Alert

    • Different Alert Behaviors - I See Spots

    • Different Alert Behaviors - Nose Target

    • Different Alert Behaviors - Push Me Pull Me

    • Different Alert Behaviors - Put Your Paw On My Shoulder

    • Different Alert Behaviors - Paw Target

    • Different Alert Behaviors - Smack It

  • 12

    Creating A Persistent Alert Behavior

    • Its Moving

    • Are You A Gambler

    • Are You Sure I Said “Break?”

    • Follow That Masked Man

    • I Missed It

    • Bite It

    • Focus Forward

    • Bop!

    • Hold For Calm

    • Hold It Still

    • It's All In The Wrist

    • Hold The Wall

  • 13

    Full Alert: Show Me Where

    • Full Alert: Show Me Where

  • 14

    Not All Lost Pets are in the Open

    • Introduction

    • Body Movement and Environmental Cues Are Natural to Dogs

    • AROUND THE BLOCK

    • AROUND AND THROUGH

    • AROUND AND UP

    • BALANCE BEAM

    • DOG IN A BASKET

    • WORK THE WALK

    • BALANCE & COORDINATION

    • TWIST AND SHOUT

    • INCREASING YOUR DOG'S STRENGTH

  • 15

    Life Without A Leash

    • Emergency Recall

    • Whiplash Turn

    • Whip It, Whip It Good

    • I Heard You the First Time

    • I Only Have Eyes For You

    • Go! On Cue

    • Drive It

    • Whistlin’ Dixie

  • 16

    Committing to the Scent

    • Obedience to Odor

    • Breathe

    • Smell That Smell

    • There`s A Smell!

    • Presenting the Odor

    • It's This One Silly

    • Box On The Floor

    • Fool Me Once

    • Fool Me Twice

    • Scent One - Food Zero

    • Box Quest

    • Go for A Sniff

    • Head In A Bucket

    • It's In Your Hand With Scent

    • Getting pushy With Scent

    • A zillion ways to say please With Scent

    • Find It

    • Clue Test

    • Tennis Ball Scent

    • Scent Can Be Anywhere

    • Search

    • What's That in Motion

    • Search in Motion

    • Don’t Move

    • Stand

    • Stand In Motion

    • Push Me Over

    • DECOY

    • LONE CONTAINER

  • 17

    Searching

    • Fetch-Tug

    • Go Over There

    • You Can’t Catch Me

    • Find Me

    • Body Movement and Environmental Cues Are Natural to Dogs

    • Blindfolded

    • Next to the Dog Park

    • At A Mall

  • 18

    Match To Sample Core Games

    • Similarities and Differences

    • Teaching Yes and No

    • Teaching an “All Clear” in Scent Detection

    • I Couldn’t Find It

    • Pick It Up, Put It Down

    • Put Your Toys Away

    • Goal!

    • Manicure

  • 19

    Match To Sample Searches

    • Shell Bucket Match

    • Pyramid Bucket Match

    • Bucket Match Line Up

    • I Couldn’t Find It

    • Tennis Ball Match Up

    • Tennis Ball Yes and No Searches

  • 20

    Room to Room Searches

    • SideKick

    • Daily Life SideKick Training

    • Scent and the SideKick

    • Back and Forth

    • Four Hands Sitting

    • Four Hands Standing

    • Around a Barrier Search

    • Walk in Patterns

    • Run to Me

    • Adding Rooms

    • Around a Barrier Match to Sample Search

    • Walk in Patterns With Scent

    • Run to Me Match Up

    • Run to Me Yes and No

    • Adding Rooms To Matching and Yes/No

  • 21

    Adding Distance To The Search

    • Chase My Hand

    • Follow My Fingers

    • Back and Forth (For refreshing)

    • Treat Toss Basketball

    • Four Hands

    • Four Hands Standing

    • Toss and Turn

    • Toss and Turn Twins

    • Toss and Turn Corners

    • Toss and Turn Party

    • Toss and Turn Return

    • Toss and Turn Search

  • 22

    Canine Game Theory

    • Play Training

    • What Is a Game

    • Structured Games

    • How To Play These Games

    • Play As Reinforcement