AVSAB statement on effects of punishment

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
Position Statement on Adverse effects of Punishment


Adverse Effects of Punishment

Punishment can be effective in specific cases, but it must be used carefully due to the difficulties of performing it properly compared to positive reinforcement and due to its potential adverse effects. The following is a description of the difficulties and adverse effects that one should be aware of when using punishment (aversives). Continue reading AVSAB statement on effects of punishment

Detector dog duty cycle

Excerpts: Dogs have been used successfully for years by military and law enforcement. Dogs and their handlers are the most widely used, accurate, durable and flexible system available for detecting illegal drugs and explosives. A critical aspect of canine performance is their effective duty cycle.

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Govt. scent detection dogs

ORLANDO, Fla. Under the watchful eye of their trainer, two diminutive beagles are working their way past suitcases randomly laced with beef, pork, apples, citrus and mangoes.
Trainers look for a physically healthy dog with a strong desire to hunt and retrieve objects and then seek to channel that desire. Many programs prefer traditional police dogs or retrievers and sporting breeds, although mutts and Jack Russell terriers, as well as beagles, are also used.
Despite the growth in number and applications of dogs for detection work, little research has been conducted into their capabilities and olfactory processes. Even less is understood about the complex dance of dog and handler, although that dynamic can have a profound affect on success rates, Dr. Myers said. Continue reading Govt. scent detection dogs