Canine Search Specialist Training

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National Urban Search & Rescue Response System
Canine Search Specialist Training
Canine Search Specialist Training
Unit 6:
Direction and
Control
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Unit Objective
Upon completion of this unit, you will be
able to describe and apply the basic
principles of direction and control for your
search canine
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Enabling Objectives
 Explain the rationale supporting canine
direction and control
 Describe the importance of training in small
increments, the use of motivation and
effective reinforcement in teaching and
combining the foundation skills
 Effectively proof canine direction and control
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Direction and Control
 Ability of handler to
safely send canine
to an area at any
distance
 Ability of canine to
understand and
correctly respond to
handler’s cues
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Direction and Control
(continued)
 Enables the canine to
 Cover areas that may be unsafe for the
handler
 Be directed to areas he may not have
covered or away from areas previously
covered
 Be directed away from dangerous areas
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Direction & Control should be FUN!
Don’t drill your dog
Don’t yell at your dog
Don’t squash independence
Keep it short and use
MOTIVATION
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Foundation Skills
 Hup
 Go out
 Halt
 Stay
 Re-direct
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Hup
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Hup
To jump on an object at direction
of handler
Use toy motivation, but NOT
placed on the object
Canine understands “hup” when
he will hup on object without
handler body motion and from any
position
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Go Out
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Go Out
Canine will move away from the handler
in the direction indicated
Train with motivation—use toys/helpers
Use opposition reflex
Canine understands the “go out”
command when he consistently moves
out in the correct direction
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Halt
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Halt
 Immediate stop of motion in response
to command
 Train with motivation—throw toy
immediately after dog stops on target
 Canine understands the halt when he
immediately responds to command
from any distance
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Stay/Wait
 To remain stationary at the handler's
command from any distance until the
next command is given
 Train with motivation—reward at the
base or throw toy
 Always vary the time increments
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Stay/Wait
90
80
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
0
East
West
North
1st Qtr
2nd Qtr
3rd Qtr
4th Qtr
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Re-direct
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Re-direct
 Handler gives signal for canine to go
another direction
 Train with motivation throwing toy or
using helper
 Canine understands re-direct when he
consistently correctly responds
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Combining Foundation Skills
 Train all pieces simultaneously, but in
separate sessions
 Rarely combine all of them in same
session
 Plan your cues in advance, avoiding
ambiguity
 Avoid having the dog always return to
handler for reward
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Combining Foundation Skills
(continued)
 Use training field with lots of targets,
but start with one and add on
 Sometimes start between targets
 Vary distances from beginning
 Keep it motivational—ensure success
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Remember!
You can reward the dog at
any time he is doing a
correct behavior
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Advanced Direction & Control
Advanced direction &
control is being able to
move the canine in any
direction, anywhere
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Proofing
 Use different types of objects
 Use unstable (but safe) objects
 Vary locations
 Send canine farther than regulation course
 Add distractions (toys, animals, food)
 Must be fair—handler should be willing to bet
$20 dog will succeed
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Field Demonstration
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Unit Summary and Evaluation
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Unit Summary
 Explain the rationale supporting canine
direction & control
 Describe the importance of training in small
increments, and the use motivation and
effective reward system in teaching and
combining the foundation skills
 Effectively proof direction & control
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Unit Evaluation
Please fill out the evaluation on this unit
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