In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Paul Bunker about all clear procedures.
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What is an all-clear response?
- The dog’s formal response to let the handler know there is no odor to alert to
What is a go-no-go response?
- The dog’s NON-formal response to let the handler know there is no odor to alert to
What’s a situation we may want to teach this for?
- Odor recognition tests
- Teaching them that they can still get rewarded for no odor, which reduces stress
- Good to check for contamination
- Teaches them to be confident in leaving a search area with no target present knowing they will still be rewarded
What components make for a successful all clear?
- Ensure it is maintained and refreshed
- Prepare your training session in advance. Progression plans are extremely important.
- Variable reinforcement with your dog’s reward hierarchy
- The dog must 100% understand target before learning all clear
- Don’t use jackpot rewards for an all clear
What other options do we have for reducing stress and reducing false responses (go-no-go)?
- Teach odor separately from systems of searching so they are not codependent
- Train blank sessions
- Train longer sessions (within the abilities of your dog) so that it is similar to long working days
- Develop independence early
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