Tracking with SWDI

A couple of weeks ago there was an excellent tracking camp organised in Sweden by SWDI (Scandinavian Working Dog Institute). The camp was followed by a detection training week arranged for professional dog teams. I had a great opportunity and privilege to take part in the training. Although I promised to share some of the more sophisticated motivation techniques with you in this [...]

By |November 5th, 2016|Categories: Yleinen|2 Comments

Motivation – keep it up!

Success is a result of hard work. And as we all know, to work hard we all need motivation. This is no different for dogs. How to motivate a detection dog? And how do you keep the motivation up? To not to kill dog's motivation, it is important to build the wanted behaviour in small steps and not to rush. For a [...]

By |October 10th, 2016|Categories: Yleinen|0 Comments

Why do you need an alert?

Our dogs act to get our attention to communicate with us. They may bark at the door that we would understand to let them out, or scratch the cupboard door to get some treats or just sit next to us that we would pet them. A dog uses these behaviors that have produced the wanted outcome before and hopes us to [...]

By |September 21st, 2016|Categories: Yleinen|3 Comments

Scent discrimination – pros and cons

When the dogs explore their surroundings, they discriminate scents all the time. They know who of their favourites or enemies has just walked by the street, and they can smell where their owner has been while gone. It has been said that a human can smell pizza and think "Mmm...Pizza!", but a dog can smell pizza and think "Mmm...pepperoni, garlic, tomato [...]

By |July 12th, 2016|Categories: Yleinen|0 Comments

Starting the scent training

There are multiple different techniques to introduce and reinforce a target scent to a dog. Furhermore, many trainers add their own twist in it. If there are many efficient ways to do it, how do you know which one to choose? Traditionally the new scent has been introduced to a dog by placing it with some food or a toy. As dogs [...]

By |June 27th, 2016|Categories: Yleinen|2 Comments


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