Shaping odor recognition with a puppy. Use of food reward machines removes handler from the dog's natural search patterns. Two of the target containers have the same dog food in them as the dog is being fed from the food reward machines.
This is a compilation of "Task" the GSP I am working with currently. This training approach is very simple to do and gives great results.
I did not record day one as there was a lot of trial and error to this dog managing the task. The problem was primarily his preference for using his feet to manipulate the odor cones. Raising the cones seems to be the easiest solution. The odor is- http://research.fiu.edu/ored/innovation-and-economic-dev/technologies/ip1009/
This was an 11 min session with multiple criteria:
1. Identifying odor
2. Extending focus on odor source
3. Self control - no nudging or pawing
A to B for food machine. Handler moving as distraction. Finished with hand target as an additional behavior. Ten week old pup, third session with food machine.