Canine Cognition Testing
This seminar is based on the research Cameron Ford has conducted with Duke University.
This seminar is for everyone: whether you are a professional looking to enhance how you select dogs, or a nose/scent work handler or trainer. Learn how cognition testing enhances your knowledge about the dog in front of you. These cognition tests (brain games) will help you learn crucial information such as, if your dog is strong in memory, if he is a problem solver, how quickly he makes inferences, how easily he follows gestural communication, and your dogs laterality. These tests can even help law enforcement agencies and security firms select better, more trainable working K-9s.
Detection Using Cognition
This seminar covers what cognition is and how to best use it in detection canine training and handling. Also covered is classical and operant conditioning as well as markers/bridges for police K-9’s. We cover how information is taken in by your canine and how to best deliver this information. We discuss how to introduce new methods and how to use them in problem-solving. Attendees of this seminar will have an opportunity to conduct hands-on experiments in communicating information. This seminar is designed to help you become a more confident canine handler and/or trainer.
Building the Trust Momentum
Building the trust momentum is just like anything else with trust, it is done step-by-step and builds with time. It requires letting go and allowing the other half (in this case your dog) to work and navigate the various search problems. In detection work, it starts with communication and setting up basic and simple training situations for which to build upon these foundations, becoming more complex but also being in tune with your dog and understanding what he might be trying to tell you. This is done using the following steps: Establish clear communication (build a marker that you choose) / Simple steps that allow for quick reinforcement / Build power to odor through adversities / Increase variables and change context of where odor is contained / Add distractor and proofing odors / Blank search (NO ODOR)-what is your dog showing you / Decrease what handler knows / Increase dog search area include more variables and TIME / Controlled negative searches (unknown) / Single and double blind / Power of variable reward
Like anything else, this is a journey; there will be progress and there will be setbacks, but following this formula and having PATIENCE will create a great bond and search success!!
Our partnerships and collaborations with Duke University, Office of Naval Research, Texas Tech University, and University of Arizona allow attendees of this seminar to learn the best, most reliable methods of odor placement for training, certification, and competition. Attendees will review written material as well as go hands-on with various target odor substances. This seminar covers the following topics: What is Odor / Science of Odors / Factors Affecting Scent / Odor Chemistry / Odor Imprinting / Response to Odor / Odor Storage & Vessels / Contamination of Odor / Hide Placement (Training/Evaluation/Competition) / Competition and Evaluation of Detection Dogs / Supervisory and Legal Considerations
From Puppy to Detection Dog
This three-day seminar covers cognitive testing for puppies 12 weeks to 7 months old. Through demonstrations, we will educate breeders and puppy owners on the types of games, search skills, and odor associations that help puppies become future detection dogs. This also helps breeders identify good puppy candidates.
K-9 Integration with Tactical Operations
Using training applications as a former U.S. Special Operations Instructor, Cameron covers training tactics and principles that you can apply to successfully integrate your K-9 into a SWAT team or other tactical operations. This seminar covers topics such as: Critical Thinking During Operations / SWAT Operator Integration / Laser Directional / Silent Whistle Recall / K-9 Deployment with Robotics / Less Lethal / Live Fire Measures / and more....