Old video, but good content
Here are two puppies placed in an environmentally enhanced environment. Can you see a difference? (video is sped up)
Many people want to bait and reward dogs for moving through obstacles. There is some value in this for generalization, but what they will do on their own and gain in independence is better found in self exploration.
This video is inspiring in many ways. However, this setup doesn't foster the kind of independence we are looking for in detection dogs.
These dogs were recorded a few days before being assessed for procurement by the federal government. All three were accepted as dual-purpose training candidates by the standards published in the contractual statement of work.
Does your dog exhibit this level of possession?
A short video on how to build my favorite toy for building desire and possession of a play object. There are many ways to do this, but this is my preference.
The pup should always win.
The bunny never jumps in the dogs mouth.
Anticipation is as desirable as is the reward itself.
Challenge the dog to go longer and be resilient to distraction while engaged in toy play.
Keep in mind an adult dog searching hundreds or thousands of blank targets in order to find their reward!
Malinois pups development
Possession from play comes from high arousal, anticipation, and then the "win" of the object.