The adage, “the only thing 2 trainers agree on is what the 3rd one is doing wrong” is a well-known saying within the detector K9 community that is based on the real-life outcomes of scent-detection training practices used by scent-practitioners worldwide. Our collaborative investigations, carried out over a period of 10 years with hundreds of practitioners worldwide, in a study which constitutes the world’s largest and most diverse evaluation of scent training aids, reveal that the validity of this statement stems from practices that originate from a misclassification of scent training aids, a lack of quantifiable standards for training aid selection and application, and from an institutionalized misunderstanding that real materials make the best scent-training aids for the imprinting and maintenance-training of detector K9’s.
Using scientific data, videos, operational feedbacks and testimonials from our studies, this class will present a modern, 21st century classification of the varieties of scent-training aids available for imprinting, maintenance training and certifications of detector K9s, including the different types of training outcomes that can result from the use of each category of these aids available. Insights on how to produce detector K9’s with scent-and-detect capabilities that are superior to K9’s trained with our “default understanding” of scent training aids are also provided.
This is scent detection presented in a way that brings a new understanding to the essential characteristics of ideal scent training aids, clarifying some of the misconceptions found in training manuals and published scientific papers, and is a must-attend class for all active trainers and handlers!
Instructor: Dr. David Adebimpe