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

Police K-9 bldg search

The building search is one of the most important functions performed by the patrol dog. The dog is performing the search under conditions that are very dangerous for the handler and is extremely dangerous for non canine personnel. Continue reading Police K-9 bldg search

Emotional status & learning ability

Relationship between Emotional Status and the Cognitive & Learning Abilities of Domestic Canines
by Iain Macdonald
Modal Theory:
Contents:IntroductionWhat is a Mode?What is a Drive?What is a Modal Threshold?Prey ModeSocial ModeDefence ModeModal Theory Training ApplicationsSummary
IntroductionThe Modal theory is a theoretical framework, which seeks to explain the extent to which canine behaviour, cognition, and learning are influenced by emotional status. . . . → Read More: Emotional status & learning ability

Dominate or lead?

Should We Dominate Our Dogs, Or Lead Them? by Stephen C. Rafe
The concept of dominance and submissiveness in dogs has been debated widely by behaviorists, ethologists, and trainers, throughout the world. And there are almost as many definitions for each term as there are participants in the debate.
A Good Concept
I support the concept, but prefer the term “subordinance” over “submissiveness” because it conveys status or rank and is more clear-cut than “submissiveness,” which is an attitude and attitudes are more vulnerable to interpretation. I believe we should examine a canine’s standing in the pack separately from the behaviors it shows in occupying that position. Continue reading Dominate or lead?

Animal behavior links

Alphabetic listing of Links to animal behavior websites Continue reading Animal behavior links