Super Sniffer Drill Book - A Workbook for Training Detector Dogs

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Debby Kay
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Detector dog work can be the most satisfying work you do with your dog and offers something for everyone. The list of applications for detectors keeps growing too. Whether you're a professional training medical alert dogs or termite detection dogs or an amateur teaching your dog to find your keys, the Super Sniffer Drill Book is an invaluable resource you won't want to be without.

This workbook features all the basic drills used by the various types of detector dogs. The easy-to-follow illustrated format will keep you and your dog at peak performance. Epecially helpful, are the trouble shooting sections and Pro Tips.

The Author - Debby Kay has 40 years of experience as a canine professional and pioneered many firsts in canine scent work. She left her position as a research scientist for the Federal Government to become Training Director of International Detector Dogs Ltd., training the first toxic waste detection dog. She was an early pioneer in training dogs to help ecologists, geologists and field biologists find targeted specimens for their research. Debby trained some of the first classes of dogs and instructors for the ATF explosive dog program in Virginia.

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    Super Sniffer Drill Book A Workbook for Training Detector Dogs

    Posted by Allyson Tohme on 7th Sep 2022

    This is not meant as a stand-alone book on detector dog training. The author assumes that the reader has either attended Super Sniffer ™ workshops or some other course as she does not explain many of the introductory steps of the exercises.
    Debby exhorts the reader not to go into scent work with preconceived, negative, or limiting thoughts and asks them to leave behind their prejudices for breed preference, sex etc.
    She also assumes that they know how to make up their training aids as well as the proper protocols for handling them; and are using a food reward-based training programme with a passive sit response.
    The first very short section focuses on imprinting the target odour; the remainder is a series of drills presented as Basic or Advanced as per the way Super Sniffer™ are taught.
    Each drill is broken down into its purpose, dog’s proficiency, equipment/training area needed and steps in executing with pro tips.
    Some have troubleshooting sections and there are spaces for notes.
    The drills are extremely detailed and help the handler to build solid foundations upon which the building blocks of searching in any environment for anything can be erected without fear of falling.
    Again, not a book for the go it alone learner, but a useful addition to the library if the training provider does not have the depth of skills, knowledge, training and experience they should have if they are taking money from pupils!
    There are no short cuts in this publication!
    I would recommend it for those who might be tempted to take them!