The AKC Detection Dog Task Force

A great PSA from our past two conferences!

How to use this site


1 Check back frequently

Weblog is updated weekly and content is added frequently, along with the Facebook page.

2 Be active

Please exchange information often. You can contact through email, but it would be of the highest value to exchange ideas via the Facebook  page. At that site you can post pictures, videos, brag on your pups progress, and ask questions. Your exchange of information will help others to enter the conversation. I cannot assist you in your effort if we are not having a regular dialog.


3 There is not a specific schedule of exercises

Working with two research groups, it was discovered there are multiple paths for success in detection dogs. Let your dogs performance dictate progression, not a calendar or schedule. There are people who do very little and raise successful dogs and there are a people who do a ton of work and raise unsuccessful dogs. The key to success is dedication towards a purpose for the dog.

4 Variety is both a curse and the key to success.

The variety of dog breeds and ages, the variety of handler/trainers, the variety of experience, skills, and knowledge sets, and the variety of learning styles of participants all make it impossible to have a "one size fits all' approach.

Data on participants will enable us to make better training and learning platforms in the future when we can identify the various approaches to success. 

5 The basic approach

a) Reverse engineer the development process. Review the information and videos on what is expected of an adult dog and do age appropriate behaviors building toward that with a younger dog. 

b) The two base components are environmental stability and reward object engagement. Both of these should be developed  to the extreme and with Independence in mind. Without these foundational behaviors, a dog will not be accepted as a training candidate by most government agencies or canine vendors.

c) You cannot gauge improvement without record keeping.

d) Don't forget the importance of the needed resilience needed to be a working dog. 

e) Repeating- Let the dog's progress dictate the next steps. Their  behavior should be extreme and the dog's behavior should be driven by intense, internal, and independent motivation.  Short cuts, not having a solid foundation, and the "clever hans"  syndrome  can create belief in a dog that has little to no ability.

An idea that has finally come to fruition!

FAA Reauthorization Act 2018

 SEC. 1927.  Explosives detection canine capacity building.   

(a) In general.—Not  later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the  Administrator shall establish a working group to determine ways to  support decentralized, non-Federal domestic canine breeding capacity to  produce high quality explosives detection canines and modernize canine  training standards.

International Working Dog Breeding Association

The American Kennel Club Detection Dog Task Force

A Solution for the Shortage of Detection Dogs: A Detector Dog Center of Excellence

Topics for advancing domestic canine breeding and rearing

6-7 month lab pups in a long pen

Food, distractions, obstacles and toy play.

8 week old Jagdterrier scent work and early environment work

Early shaping of learning for a young Jagdterrier.

8 week old GSD scent work

Shaping odor recognition with a  puppy. Use of food reward machines removes handler from the dogs natural search patterns. Two of the target containers have the same dog food in them as the dog is being fed from the remoter reward machines.

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