• In this Episode

    Laleh Aksu, a trainer of C. difficile detection dogs, discusses the importance of using dogs to search for C. diff in hospital environments. C. difficile is a bacteria that can cause severe diarrhea and is a hospital-acquired infection. The dogs are trained to detect the presence of C. diff in the environment, such as on surfaces and in the air. Laleh explains the training process, the different strains of C. diff that the dogs are trained on, and the success rate of the program. She also discusses the challenges of training C. diff dogs and the rewards and markers used in training. Cameron Ford discusses the operational utilization of bio-detection dogs in hospitals, specifically for detecting C. diff. He explains that the dogs are trained to search areas such as supply rooms and storage rooms, but not patient rooms unless they are terminally cleaned. Ford also addresses the issue of false alerts and emphasizes the importance of reading and understanding the dog's behavior. He highlights the benefits of using bio-detection dogs in hospitals, including cost savings and improved infection control practices. However, he notes that the lack of exposure and support from some hospitals hinders the widespread acceptance of this resource.

    Contact Lale Aksu email: [email protected]

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  • In this episode, Dr. Nathan Hall and Dr. Paola Tiedemann discuss their research on canine detection applications and the use of olfactometers. They explain that olfactometers are scientific instruments used to provide measured and standardized odors to animals. The researchers have been working on miniaturizing olfactometers and making them more rugged for various applications. They also discuss the merging of technology and dogs, predicting that within a few years, cameras and olfactometers could be used for initial dog training. They also explore the importance of the handler-dog relationship and the potential for technology to provide confirmation of the dog's findings. In this part of the conversation, Cameron and Paola discuss the importance of unifying the protocols and procedures used in scent detection. They emphasize the need to consider variables such as the length of time, collection methods, and the type of container used. They also discuss the plausibility of dogs remembering scents in real-world environments and the challenges of training dogs to match samples with different variations. They touch on the impact of factors like stress, medication, and age on human scent and the need for further research in these areas. They also highlight the importance of training dogs on a variety of targets and distractors to improve their ability to generalize and avoid false positives. Finally, they discuss the challenges of introducing new samples and variations in training and the need for ongoing evaluation and testing. In this final part of the conversation, Cameron Ford and Nathan Hall discuss the importance of challenging and critically evaluating detection dog training methods. They emphasize the need for accurate and informed decision-making in operational scenarios. They also explore the impact of odor concentration on a dog's ability to generalize and detect targets. The conversation then shifts to the research on firearms detection, including the significance of gunshot residue (GSR) and the volume of odor. They discuss the challenges of training dogs on different concentrations of odor and the importance of training on the actual weapon rather than just the powder. Finally, they touch on the ongoing research on ghost guns and the need to understand the odor profiles of 3D printed firearms.

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  • #103. Many have heard of Getxent tubes OR the detection odor training aids sold by Precision explosives. I always get so many questions about this product how it works and what is the MAGIC behind this. This episode I sit down the with co inventor Gregory Herin of the Getxent tube and this is dedicated to answering all the common questions as well as covering lots of the common questions abut odor in general.

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  • Episode #102 In this conversation, Cameron Ford interviews Wesley Visser from Sent Imprint for Dogs. They discuss Wesley's background and the work his company does in conservation detection. Wesley shares his passion for training dogs to protect endangered species and combat poaching. They talk about the most common items that are poached, such as rhino horn, pangolin scales, and ivory. Wesley emphasizes the importance of wildlife conservation and the connection between poaching and other criminal activities. They also discuss the dangers faced by handlers of conservation detection dogs. The conversation in this part focuses on the training process for conservation dogs, specifically in the areas of wildlife detection and tracking. Wesley explains that the training time for wildlife detection dogs is around 5 to 6 months, while tracking dogs require more time, sometimes up to 2.5 years. He emphasizes the importance of selecting the right breed for each specific task and training them from a young age. Wesley also discusses the challenges of training dogs to work in different environments, such as high humidity, high temperatures, and wet conditions. He highlights the need for handlers to be able to read their dogs' behavior and understand the terrain they are working in. Additionally, he mentions the importance of teaching dogs both ground tracking and air-scenting techniques, depending on the operational requirements. Wesley shares stories from his deployments in Africa and the Ivory Coast, highlighting the challenges of searching for both poachers and wildlife. He discusses the different types of dogs used in tracking, their behaviors, and the importance of training them in lower drive to avoid burning out too quickly. Wesley emphasizes the need to reward the search and focus on the process rather than just the end result. He also talks about the unique challenges of searching on boats and the importance of adapting tactics to different environments. Wesley encourages handlers to think outside the box and reward the dog for searching, not just finding.


    Conservation detection dogs play a crucial role in protecting endangered species and combating poaching.

    The most common items that are poached include rhino horn, pangolin scales, and ivory.

    Poaching is connected to other criminal activities such as human trafficking and terrorism.

    Wildlife conservation is essential for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem balance.

    Handlers of conservation detection dogs face significant risks in their work.

    Training time for wildlife detection dogs is around 5 to 6 months, while tracking dogs may require up to 2.5 years of training.

    Selecting the right breed for each specific task is crucial in conservation dog training.
    Handlers need to be able to read their dogs' behavior and understand the terrain they are working in.
    Dogs should be trained in both ground tracking and air-scenting techniques, depending on the operational requirements. Deployments in Africa and the Ivory Coast present unique challenges in searching for both poachers and wildlife.
    Training tracking dogs in lower drive helps prevent burnout and allows for better behavior observation.
    Rewarding the search and focusing on the process, rather than just the end result, leads to better performance and reduces false indications.
    Adapting tactics to different environments, such as boats, is crucial for successful searches.
    Thinking outside the box and rewarding the dog for searching, not just finding, enhances motivation and performance.

    You can contact Wesley at http://www.scentimprint.com

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  • Summary

    In this episode Cameron, Michael Ellis and Ivan Balabanov discuss various topics within the dog training industry. They cover the definition of a good repetition in training, the importance of timing and motivation, the impact of human intervention on dog evolution, the use of errorless learning versus trial and error learning, the utilization of a dog's genetic predisposition in training, and the changes in the detection dog world over the years. This part of the conversation focuses on introducing variable reward schedules in training, the legalities of working with detection dogs, the challenges of managing vocalization in dogs, and the distinction between opposition reflex and opposition response. The importance of introducing blanks and control negatives in training is also discussed, as well as the value of signaling and conditioned reinforcers. The conversation also touches on understanding dogs with ADHD-like behaviors, embracing challenges and failures in training, and the process of training obedience with distractions. In this conversation, the hosts discuss various topics related to dog training. They emphasize the importance of exposing dogs to different environments and not isolating them until their behaviors are perfect. They also discuss the use of personal vs. impersonal punishment and the role of clarity in training. The hosts share their thoughts on the use of pharmaceuticals in dog training, highlighting the need for a plan to eliminate them and the potential side effects. They also discuss the future of the dog training industry and offer advice for the next generation of dog trainers.

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  • In this episode, Dr. Melanie Uhde of Canine Decoded (Canine Neuroscientist) discusses the topics of arousal, motivation, and learning in dogs. She explains how arousal affects search efficiency and the role of dopamine in the brain. The conversation also explores the impact of anticipation and cue-induced excitement on behavior. Additionally, Dr. Uhde addresses the lack of research on dopamine in dogs and the challenges of studying brain function in live animals. The episode concludes with a discussion on freezing behavior and its connection to anticipation. This part of the conversation explores the importance of zero and novelty in detection training, the contextual learning process in detection dogs, and the introduction of novelty and distractions in training environments. It also delves into the concepts of memory and inference in detection dogs, including spatial and procedural memory, working memory, and explicit and episodic memory. The impact of memory on odor recognition and the relationship between training frequency and memory are discussed, as well as the role of focus and distraction in memory formation. In this conversation, Melanie and Cameron discuss various topics related to dog behavior and training. They explore the similarities between ADHD and autism in dogs, highlighting the importance of motivation and focus in training. They also delve into the concept of variable reinforcement and its benefits in dog learning. The conversation touches on the genetic aspects of memory and whether it is possible to breed for specific memory capabilities. The idea of a 'smartest breed' is challenged, emphasizing that intelligence comes in different forms. The discussion concludes with a conversation about the timing of introducing odor to puppies and the potential risks involved. Overall, the conversation provides valuable insights into dog behavior and training.

    You can find Dr. Uhde at http://www.caninedecoded.com


    00:00 Introduction and Background
    07:39 Arousal, Motivation, and Learning
    11:15 Effects of Arousal on Search Efficiency
    25:37 Dopamine in Dogs
    28:14 Arousal and Behavior in Different Contexts
    32:30 Freezing Behavior and Anticipation
    36:39 The Importance of Zero and Novelty in Detection Training
    38:47 The Contextual Learning Process in Detection Dogs
    41:35 Introducing Novelty and Distractions in Training Environments
    42:34 Memory and Inference in Detection Dogs
    45:42 Spatial and Procedural Memory in Detection Dogs
    47:05 Working Memory in Dogs
    49:56 Explicit and Episodic Memory in Dogs
    50:55 Implicit and Episodic Memory in Dogs
    53:46 The Impact of Memory on Odor Recognition
    57:48 The Relationship Between Training Frequency and Memory
    01:00:26 The Role of Focus and Distraction in Memory Formation
    01:09:36 ADHD and Autism in Dogs
    01:11:09 Motivation and Focus in Dogs
    01:14:13 Variable Reinforcement
    01:17:34 Memory and Breeding
    01:25:55 The Smartest Breed
    01:28:17 Early Introduction to Odor
    01:33:32 Developmental Stages and Risk
    01:37:42 Finding Melanie

  • This episode contains a wealth of information. Dr. Gadbois delves into various aspects of detection dog work and general dog training. Some of the topics discussed include the use of markers, variable reinforcement schedules, the significance of blank searches, the acknowledgment that reality is not flawless, and the notion that training should not strive for perfection either.

    Dr. Simon Gadbois integrates ethology, animal experimental psychology, and behavioural neuroscience to study wild and domestic canids. He completed his Ph.D. in behavioural endocrinology at the Canadian Centre for Wolf Research (CCWR) examining the hormonal correlates of social behaviour in wolves, as well as action sequences in wolves, coyotes and red foxes. When the CCWR closed in 2007, he started the Canid Behaviour Research Lab at Dalhousie University and focussed his research on coyote-human conflicts and canine scent detection and search. He is interested in the fundamental science of olfaction and olfactory learning, as well as some applications: His lab has focussed on environmental/conservation, biomedical, and forensic applications of scent processing in dogs.

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  • In this Episode we sit down with Steven Atommarchi who is a police officer K9 handler and trainer, K9 researcher and owner of Next Level K9 located in TX. Steven has a wide range of real world experience and now more and more experience with the various K9 research projects such as Hemp vs. MJ he has done with Dr. Kenneth Furton. You can reach Steven via email at [email protected]

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  • In this episode, Cameron Ford interviews Stu Phillips, an operational K9 handler and trainer. Stu shares his journey of working with military working dogs and transitioning to civilian work as a detection dog handler. He discusses the challenges and requirements of working with passive screening drug dogs in high pedestrian environments. Stu also talks about his experience working with explosive detection dogs during the London Olympics. The conversation concludes with Stu's work training whiskey barrel detection dogs and the process of training dogs to detect low-level odors. In this part of the conversation, Stu Phillips discusses the importance of recording and timing in dog training. He then shares the story of the whiskey dogs and the challenges he faced training them. He also talks about his work with tobacco detection dogs and the unique qualities he looks for in these dogs. Finally, he emphasizes the importance of reading your dog and incorporating blank searches into training. In this conversation, Stu Phillips and Cameron Ford discuss various topics related to detection dog training and handling. They cover the use of a middle position and reinforcing different search outcomes, the challenges of conservation detection work, the pros and cons of using Kong as a training tool, advice for handlers working with their first detection dog, and the differences between Springer Spaniels and working Cocker Spaniels. Stu Phillips also shares how people can connect with him and the services he offers.

    You can reach out to Stu on Instagram @bwyk9
    Website http://www.bwycanine.co.uk



    Introduction and Background


    Getting into Dogs and Working with Military Working Dogs


    Transitioning to Civilian Work and Training Detection Dogs


    Working as a Passive Screening Drug Dog Handler


    Working in High Pedestrian Environments with Passive Screening Dogs


    Qualities of a Dog for People Screening


    Memorable Deployment with a Passive Screening Dog


    Transitioning to Explosive Detection Dogs for the Olympics


    Challenges and Issues with Contracting Companies


    Training Whiskey Barrel Detection Dogs


    Dog Selection and Training for Low-Level Odor Detection


    Training Process and Proofing for Operational Readiness


    The Importance of Recording and Timing


    The Whiskey Dogs


    Tobacco Detection Dogs


    Challenges of Tobacco Detection


    The Importance of Reading Your Dog


    Qualities of a Tobacco Detection Dog


    Training with Blank Searches


    Using a Middle Position and Reinforcing Different Search Outcomes


    Conservation Detection and the Challenges Faced


    Pros and Cons of Using Kong as a Training Tool


    Advice for Handlers Working with Their First Detection Dog


    Differences Between Springer Spaniels and Working Cocker Spaniels


    How to Connect with Stu Phillips and the Services He Offers

  • In this episode, Steven Antommarchi, a fellow Police K9 Trainer and Handler, engages in a deep and informative conversation with Cameron.

    The interview covers a wide range of topics, delving into both personal and professional aspects of Cameron’s life, with a significant focus on detection dogs. This episode offers a comprehensive insight into Cameron’s experiences and expertise, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in detection dogs.

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  • K9 Handler, Trainer. FEMA Task Force, Fire Captain... Tim Houweling has REAL experience and and understanding of Dogs and use of K9s in Search and Rescue. Tim is passionate about being a dog handler and working in the Search and Rescue field. Tim specializes in Human remains detection and has been there done that with his dogs. You can find Tim on Instagram at @Tim_houweling.

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  • Episode #94 with Geryah Dingle of Dingle Days on You Tube. Geryah is a passionate Detection dog trainer and handler who runs a successful YouTube channel @dingledays she also runs a podcast called "Dogs are People too".

    We discuss her journey in detention dogs, how she got into her YouTube channel and the various training topics of Nosework and Scentwork dogs.

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  • In this Episode I sit down with Sgt. Jaye Lilley of the Queensland Police Dog Squad. Sgt. Lilley, is the Lead Detection Trainer and Breeding Supervisor for the state of Queensland. She has worked many roles in the Police Dept. and her hard work has put her in the position she has today.

    We speak about the evolution of training and the increasing role of women in Police and K9 Training. We cover training lessons learned and how to constantly improve your program from puppies to adult dogs and handler training.

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  • In this Episode I get to sit down with Glenn Cooke of the Canine Paradigm and do a interview with the fascinating Water Leak Detection Dogs of Sydney Water in Australia. Right now this unit has 5 Dogs, these dogs a specialized in detecting waste water leaks and fresh water leaks.

    We cover everything from how this program started to they type of dogs selected, how they are trained, how the are deployed and the overwhelming success of the program.

    Thank you Glenn for letting me use your studio and do this interview with you.

    Handlers and Trainers:
    Kaylee-lee Black [email protected]

    Nicole Harvey [email protected]

    Bettina Grieve [email protected]

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  • Episode #91 "Trainers in Cars" with Laure Hanouna of Chein Zen. Laure is a Dog Trainer, and Nosework Handler and Trainer based in Switzerland. Laure works with teams in France and Switzerland helping grow Nosework around Europe. Her experience came initially working and training dogs in Bed Bug Detection, then got into Pet Obedience training and later Nosework.

    In this interview we talk about similarities and differences between Nosework in the US and Europe. We talk about the growth of the sport and things for those getting into Nosework to consider as they start this fun journey.

    You can find Laure here at https://chienzen.ch/

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  • Episode #90 with Jens Frank. Jens is a world renowned Detection, Tracking and Laser Directional Trainer. Jens is from the Scandinavian Working Dog Institute (SWDI) trains handlers and service dogs, mainly from police and armed forces. He also has a position as Associate Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He is responsible for and working as a dog handler in, the Swedish governments program for service dogs used in the management of large carnivores (bears, wolves, and lynx).

    In this episode we cover all kinds of topics from experience to flow state, to markers and so much more.

    You can find Jens here http://www.swdi.se

  • Episode #89 This is a new group of Trainers for Trainers Jam and this time we cover Lessons we have learned as we have progressed in our journey.

    Mike Nezbeth, Mike Lilley and Carlos Ramirez sit down and share their knowledge and experience. You can find them at the following links.


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  • Episode #88 In this podcast I sit down with the owners of Kynotec (Florian and Chris) and we talk Police K9s, views of K9 programs, what are differences in programs in the US and Europe and how they train and evaluate dogs in detection in Austria. We cover various view points and why they created the system they use today.

    You can find Florian on Instagram @kynotec

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  • This Episode is just a fun sit down where as trainers we have discussions on various training topics, experiences, our own questions and some funny stories.

    Netflix show we talk about is the Series "Explained"

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  • In this episode I interview well know Dog Trainer Forrest Micke. Forrest is most well known for his video on Leerburg called the Heeler's Toolbox. Forrest is a graduate of the Tom Rose and Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers. He has a wonderful diverse background in dog training and a great perspective in working with people and their dogs.

    You can find Forrest on Instagram @forrestmicke

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