Speed Drills: Functions and Applications for Detection Canines
with Craig Schultz
September 28-29, 2022
Flying Cloud Farm - Petaluma, California
If you have ever asked these questions...
Would you bet your paycheck on every alert or finish call you make at a trial?
Will your dog perform consistently in any environment?
What is displacement behavior and how can it help you determine if an area is blank?
How do you establish a solid foundation in either your dog or the teams you train in your classes?
How do you know your dog is ready to move to the next step in training?
How do you know your dog is working odor or engaged in distraction behavior?
How do you know when to step in and help your dog or when to step out and let them work?
What is your role as a canine handler?
Then this seminar is for YOU!
These questions and more will be answered as this seminar will focus on how to improve a canine's detection capability through increasing rate of reinforcement.
By incorporating speed drills into your training program, you will be able to build a solid foundation, challenge assumptions, and build confidence in your own and your dog’s ability.
The many ways they can be used in training are endless. You will discover how they are used for odor association, final response establishment and refinement, threshold introduction, placement, distraction prevention, context/environmental shifts, and discrimination. We will also explore the role of ethology (the study of behavior) to help handlers learn how to effectively read and interpret a canine's behavior during odor detection. Once mastered, as a handler, you will better understand your role as a handler and how to perform as a team with your canine with a deeper understanding of how your
dog learns and communicates with you through body language.
Audit and working spots available. Working spots will be limited to 10 per day.
September 30, 2022
Bonus Day with Craig!
Three 2-hour drop-in sessions with various scenarios will be used to work on dog skills and handler observational skills. Participants will learn how to read the subtle behaviors dogs use to communicate with you in different scenarios with novel odors/distracters and target odors present. You will become a better observer and as a result a better partner to your working canine.
Training Specialist/Instructor K9 Behavior Consortium
In 2003 he bridged the gap between exotic animal and detection canine training, as a Training Specialist/Instructor for the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Detector Dog Training Center. There, he helped broaden the use of applied behavior analysis to train detection canines in the federal government. Additionally, he procured and trained canines, conducted certifications, instructed handler teams from state, federal and international agencies, and designed/instructed train the trainer courses. In addition to his full-time employment, he also assisted in training canines in a volunteer capacity for search and rescue applications in wilderness live-find, disaster, and human remains, where he certified with his personal canine as a member of Kansas Search and Rescue Dog Association (KSARDA).
Throughout his career he has worked to improve training and certification standards in the working dog industry. He served as a contributing member of the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal detector Guidelines (SWGDOG) and is currently a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Dogs and Sensors Subcommittee. In 2019, Craig established “K9 Behavior Consortium” with the goal of helping handlers reach their fullest potential through understanding how dogs learn, how to interpret their behavior, and how to maximize their training with sound, scientifically based principles in behavior analysis. Craig is currently a Forensic Canine Operations Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Evidence Response Team Unit since 2011 where he has worked with trailing, and human remains detection canines. Most recently, Craig coedited “Canines: The Original Biosensors” with Dr. Lauryn DeGreeff, released in December of 2021.
With over 30 years of experience in the animal training/behavior management industry, Craig’s animal training experiences range from training exotic animals in the zoological industry for show production purposes and cooperative health care procedures to training detection canines in various capacities for the last 19 years.
Your registration will not be complete until your payment has been received. Registration fee includes lunch both days so attendees will have additional time and opportunity to network and collaborate.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund up to Sept 10th, minus $20 processing fee.
Please email Michele with any questions.
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