During the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, American and allied troops were constantly in danger from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). However, dogs like Lucca, a German Shepherd cross, were instrumental in identifying IEDs and warning their handers by alerting to the presence of explosives, resulting in the avoidance of both military and civilian casualties. How did Lucca do it? Simple: she searched for and smelled the explosives and gave her handler a prearranged signal or “alert”, to indicate that she had located an explosive. With all the technology available to the US Department of Defense and billions of dollars spent to determine the best way to protect lives from bombs, it turns out an “old” technology, a dog's nose, is the most effective way to identify the presence of explosives.
Dogs like Lucca routinely work in hazardous, and dangerous situations to save lives. In fact, Lucca eventually lost her leg to an explosive. She was then retired and sent to live as a pet with her original handler. As the danger of IEDs at home and abroad becomes more prevalent, the use of dogs to locate explosives at public events, transportation hubs, and in military settings has increased greatly in recent years. Who knew that a dog's sniffer would end up being such a valuable source of protection, for saving lives?
I am highly interested in bomb detection but no way in hell have the funds to have training done, my question is how can I/would I be able to go about at home training for bomb detection
Hello Gerard, The most essential part of scent training (besides a dog having a good nose and a desire to work) is you need a good scent kit that you can use to teach your dog WHAT they are looking for. Check out the links below for examples of a scent kit. Which kit you want to purchase partially depends on what type of explosives you want to train to detect. If you teach multiple scents separately (not mixed kits), I suggest teaching them one at a time, working on one until he has learned to detect it, before adding a second scent to the training. https://www.rayallen.com/scentlogix-explosive-detection-scentkits https://www.truescentk9.com/ http://www.elitek9.com/Explosive-Detection-Scent-Kit-Bundle-1/productinfo/SLE100/ Joining up with a group of owner-trainers who do some form of scent detection work can also help as you learn to do the training yourself. A lot of scent work training involved the same basics, like teaching a dog to recognize a scent, search, and alert. Search your city or state online for a scent detection club or group. You may also be able to find connections through the national association of canine scent work. Being a part of one of these communities is often free or much cheaper than paying a trainer, since you will be doing th training yourself with their support. https://www.nacsw.net/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Persy is trained for show ring, and I need to train him to detect explosives to save lives...
Hello Reden, There are a couple of routes you can take to train him. You can go through a training course with him where you will learn how to train him and be accredited to work with him with law enforcement to a certain extent. Here is one such program: https://www.universalk9inc.com/handlers-course/ You can also train him yourself by following one of the methods from the article linked below, that you originally commented on. https://wagwalking.com/training/detect-explosives If you have the option to use pure scent rather than mixing the scent with something else like peanut butter, pure detection scent is proven to train the dog better in the long run. Whether you can start that way will depend on what scents and types of explosives you are training him to detect and how sensitive his nose is. Obviously you will not have access to certain materials that would be dangerous to keep. If you train him yourself, I suggest using the "Match to Sample" method. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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