How To Leverage Your Canines Instincts And Its Psychology To Optimize Your Detection

Have you ever considered why two detection dogs of the same breed can exhibit such diverse behaviors when exposed to identical environments or stressors? Have you experienced training multiple dogs in the same manner, only to observe remarkably different outcomes? The key to truly comprehending the dog lies in acknowledging its inherent instincts and psychological characteristics. This knowledge paves the way for tailored training approaches FOR YOUR DOG.
In this Webinar, you’ll learn how to identify and understand instincts and psychological traits connecting to training and Detection. We’ll engage in Q and A discussion about the optimal traits for various canine detection disciplines, from SAR, Police K9 to Nose and Scentwork. These insights will help you work through common issues like distractions, committing to odor, indications, crittering and much more.
About the Instructor: Over the last 15 years, Steven Antommarchi has held the law enforcement titles of Patrol Officer, Canine Handler, Canine Supervisor, Canine Trainer, and Interim Chief of Police. His first encounter with a K-9 team was in New York City on September 11, 2001. He witnessed a search and rescue K-9 team fighting through horrible conditions while overcoming serious injury for the sake of saving lives. That encounter made such a profound impression on him that he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

15 years later, on July 7, 2016, in Dallas, Texas, K-9 Officer Antommarchi found himself in the middle of the deadliest attack on law enforcement since 9/11. Tasked with the responsibility of clearing the downtown area for improvised explosive devices, the reason he got into working K-9s came full circle.

Antommarchi is the K-9 trainer and consultant for dozens of law enforcement agencies across the United States and Africa. Conducting workshops and seminars focusing on K-9 instincts, psychological traits, scientific research, and operational readiness. He is also the Law Enforcement Secretary for the American Working Dog Association (AWDA) for the disciplines of Narcotics, Patrol, Person Borne IED, Electronic Storage Device detection, Tracking, Trailing, Explosives, Accelerant detection, and Personal Protection.
Most recently, he became one of the lead trainers and co-designer of the training methodology for a scientific study on “Hemp vs Marijuana.” This study is to evaluate the ability of narcotic detector dogs to discriminate between the odor of marijuana and hemp. The study is being headed by Dr. Kelvin Frank of Florida International University and is in the process of being submitted for publication.



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