In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discuss:
- Scent detection, scent discrimination, scent identification, and scent association.
Fixed action patterns and species typical behaviors and routines.
Reward density and schedules in olfaction training.
Overshadowing, blocking, and compound odors.
Extinction, generalization, and discrimination.
Fixed action patterns must be rehearsed.
Variable reward will help keep the motivation high.
Pay attention to the density of reward in training and how it compares to the density of reward in real deployments.
Try not to allow the dog to go to final response on a detractor.
If you’re going to train any detection dogs, proofing is of the utmost importance
“It is important to realize that detection is a really complex science and art. Understanding these behavioral concepts that apply to detection are really going to allow you, as a handler and as a trainer, to better understand how your dog works and how to troubleshoot problems.“ — Jerry Bradshaw