Dog Scent Detection Basics
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Dog Scent Detection Basics

Training detection dogs is a fun and rewarding thing for both humans and dogs alike. There are countless odors that dogs are trained to detect including drugs, explosives, counterfeit money, people, cadavers, peanut butter, cell phones, cancer, and just about anything else you can imagine.

Training dogs to detect odor taps into the dog’s strongest sense, smell. The dog’s nose is thousands of times more powerful than ours, essentially they see with their nose. I’ve done other video lessons on teaching scent detection. this one is a little different. In this lesson, I focus on the dog doing what’s called a passive indication. This would be used more likely to indicate explosives, but the fundamental skill is essential for all detection.

Now, you may wonder why train your dog to detect odors when you don’t want to work in this line. Well, there are so many fun games that you can play with your dog using scent training. There are many dog sports including MONDIO RINGSPORT as well as AKC NOSEWORK and obedience that tap into the dog’s ability to smell.

Giving your dog this skill will last a lifetime, scent training is fun and I promise your dog will love it!

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15 Thoughts to “Dog Scent Detection Basics”

  1. Robert Cabral

    The entire lesson is available in my member only area:

  2. Lynne- MPCC

    Hello! My husband and I have been following your page for awhile now. And he wanted to know where he could find the vest that you wearing in the video. He trying doing a search on the internet and couldn’t come up with anything. Would love to get him this for his birthday. Thank you!!

  3. Hoku Kinzie

    What are you using to scent those sticks?

  4. BangHammers

    The point of using the mark is so the treat doesn’t have to hit the target at the “exact right time”…. also terrible timing at 7:15

  5. Ricardo Carneiro

    Awesome, please do more videos about scent tracking!

  6. Maximilian the Newf

    My Newfie is so led by his nose. I’m definitely interested in getting him in to nose work

  7. Celeste Lovett

    Really enjoy your videos, Robert, but I have a couple of comments on this video. First of all, we use rubber gloves when handling odors and odor hides so that we are absolutely confident that the dogs aren’t getting imprinted on human odors; we change the gloves frequently so that we are sure no odor gets transferred to any other hides, or anything else. Hides that don’t contain odor are treated exactly the same as those that do so that the only thing different about the hot hide is the odor. The other comment I have is that drug dogs must also give passive indications, because you wouldn’t want your dog to get exposed to fentanyl or some other super toxic drug by scratching/digging at the source.

  8. Jakomo lang

    Schuster bleib bei deinen Leisten!

  9. anke effey

    😃👏👏👏 thank you so much for sharing 🌷 great to Siggi has fun and loves to learn more 🤩🥰🌷💞🌷

  10. kavita deva

    Very cool. How do you begin, from the very start?

  11. Lia Lorusso

    We needed this video! I strongly believe my Staffy missed his calling & should have a real job. His nose gets the best of him & tracking anything is all he wants to do. Very distracted when outside 😕 This Training starts today!
    Thank you 🐾🙂

  12. Daniel H

    I’d love to try this with blood for tracking game. I worked with the ATF to help train their dogs on Blackhawks, they showed our crew some training on how they get their dogs to track a persons “footprints” in the grass and not by scent. It was really interesting.

  13. Kira1995

    Definitely want to be trying this kind of thing just for mental stimulation!
    Love your work Robert, been watching for years now and I always learn new things from you ^_^

  14. 4 PAW 254

    Hi… Been watching from Kenya and I LOVE YOUR WORKING’

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