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K9 Scent Theory and Detection with Mike Suttle

This class brings in one of the top detection trainers, Mike Suttle from Logan Haus Kennels, to present a comprehensive class on detection theory and application.  This class is suitable for all levels of K9s doing detection work in Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and other related venues (HRD, narcotics, explosives, accelerants, etc..).

Topics Covered:

  • The concept of how animals learn through the four quadrants of Operant Conditioning  
  • How to correctly use classical conditioning to prepare the dog for marker training
  • How to properly motivate the dog for training
  • Drive theory in training
  • Reward VS reinforcer
  • Timing of reinforcement
  • Primary/ secondary reinforcers
  • Reinforcement schedules
  • Stimulus control
  • Behavior chains
  • K9 selection
  • Fundamentals of training an odor detector dog based on timing, criteria, and rate of reinforcement
  • Training tools and techniques to develop accurate and reliable detector dogs
  • How to teach dogs to ignore all distractor odors with no punishment
  • How to teach a focused Trained Final Response (TFR).
  • How to teach a dog to search a pattern independently of his handler

Mike Suttle, Logan Haus Kennels
Bill Dotson
When:   May 17-20, 2018
(Event Hours:  0900-1700 Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 0900-1200 Sunday)

Where: McLean County Emergency Management Agency
907 North Main Street, Normal, IL  61761

Cost:   $400 per handler with dog.  $200 per handler without dog.

Lunch will be on your own each day.