Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Dog Training Videos

Michael asks…

Questions Drug Detection Dogs & the difference between the handler and the trainer?

I’m assuming you have the *trainer* of the dogs who trains them to sniff out the narcotics etc. and you have the *handler* who handles the dog once it is trained, correct?
I can’t imagine that the trainer of the dog would handle the dog as well?

What exactly goes into training a detection dog?
Roughly, how long does it take to FULLY train and finish the dog?
Are the trainers *employed* by *the* organisation/an organisation that specialises in this type of work or do they generally own their own business?

Yahoo Answers answers:

It all depends on where you work.
Many Police departments have their own trainer, some take their dogs somewhere to have the dog and handler trainer. In many situations the trainer is a handler as well.
In private firms I would imagine you would see a lot of handler/trainers.
The department here started out by bringing in an outside trainer, then sent one of the handlers for training. He became certified in training, first in protection/tracking and now in detection. He trains all the dogs for the department and handles his own dual purpose dog.
I know of several other departments in the country that are similar.

The role of the trainer is to train the dog and handler. The trainer never actually trains the dog, but oversees the training and teaches the handler how to train. The video I emailed you showed the handler training the new detection dog. In the background was the trainer that you did not see.

In detection work much of the basic training is known hides, therefore it is not difficult to be a trainer/handler. For the unknowns, you simply need someone to assist you.

Our drug course for the dogs here is 2-3 months long. That’s 8 hour days Monday to Friday.
What is involved is introducing the scent tothe dog, teaching the alert (which you saw in the video), enforcing the alert, then you move on to hides, easy then more difficult.
During training you are learning how to read the dog. There is also time spent ensuring the dog is indicating on the correct scent. There is also the introduction of any other scents. Most dogs are trained to indicate on a number of different scents, not just one.
Then practice. Lots and lots of practice. In different areas and different scenarios.

I do suggest you shoot an email to Greek. I am answering from the Law Enforcement side he may be able to answer the private business side.

Hope I answered and was clear, I am on my phone so it’s always hard to give a good answer. Lol. I’ll check back later to make sure I didnt miss anything.

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Puppy Training Classes

David asks…

Have you had an 18 week old puppy who was an absolutely hyper that grew up to be calm and obedient?

I have just had the most embarrassing first puppy training class. All the other puppys were quite calm and manageable, while mine acted as though he’d had a sack full of smarties. Was yours like this when it was young? Did it grow out of it?
He was also the only one who did a gigantic no2 in the middle of the floor.
he’s a cocker spaniel
Thanks everyone. Feeling a lot better, but 3 years before he calms down? I will have aged 15 years by then. Hehe!

Yahoo Answers answers:

Our Ridgeback was like living with a tasmainian devil as a puppy!She’s now 6 & so much calmer.It will get better for you,be firm & don’t give up on the training lessons!Have fun!

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Dog Tricks

Mandy asks…

Why should you walk away using your right foot first when teaching a dog to stay?

I read from a website about training dogs that you have to walk away using your right foot first when teaching a dog to stay. What will happen if you use your left foot first? Also should you still train your dog tricks he already know even after he matures? How often should you train a dog? Do you have to repeat training him tricks he already know?

Yahoo Answers answers:

I train obedience not “tricks”

Walking away from a dog on stay with the right foot is simply another signal to “stay”. Left foot (closest to dog) means walk with me, right foot means stay.

You can train anything you like — but if you want to do competitive obedience, these little tips do help.

Depends on the dog — I usually start each session with a little heeling but I use rally exercises to mix things up and keep it exciting.

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