On May 7-8 2012 Mindful Behaviors hosted a Steve White seminar on tracking and scent detection. We all enjoyed learning from Steve whose knowledge of canine scent work and animal learning theory is very impressive, he is also a phenomenal speaker. I’m already looking forward to inviting him over again.
The first day we had a workshop on Hydration Intensified Tracking Training (HITT), a method developed by Steve for teaching tracking on hard surfaces and under challenging conditions. The whole method is based on error-less learning Continue reading
We had the pleasure of having Sojo from Oracle Aussies to stay with us for a week, I’m taking Sojo as my demo dog to Steve White seminar on Scent Detection hosted by Mindful Behaviors . I decided to experiment with both Sojo and Forbes and try and teach them to indicate a scent, which I chose to be tea (easy enough to get!). Continue reading
I have been training tracking with Forbes for almost a year now, we started off with tracking on hard surfaces using Steve White’s Hydration Intensified Tracking Technique (HITT). I tried to be systematic about bookkeeping in the beginning but since then things have become inconsistent and our training has been kind of aimless. It has been hard to keep up the motivation when training alone all the time. Continue reading
In my tracking diary #1 I described how Forbes and I are training tracking using Steve White’s Hydration Intensified Tracking Training (HITT). The dog tracks human scent on the ground, however, just following the scent is not enough, the dog also has to somehow indicate any articles dropped by the lost person (search and rescue/tracking trials) or evidence dropped by the bad guy (police dogs). I believe that no matter what the official profession of the dog in question is, the way the dog indicates the article can be basically anything as long as it is unambiguous to the handler. Continue reading