Personal Training vs Buying Detection K-9(4 posts)
Hi all, I'm new here and I shall endeavour to behave, if not, I'm certain someone will remind me to.
I have some serious concerns regarding the much advertised "CERTIFIED" title as it pertains to sniffer dogs, particularly bed bug dogs.
I am a trainer and handler and have drug/explosives dogs and more recently a BB dog. I know of training centres in the US where they train dogs for all sorts of detection work and then certify the dog as trained. Sounds great and, having been on their sites and seen their experience, I have no doubt of the dog's ability to do the work, with a "trained and qualified handler". There are a number of folks who are buying BB dogs for thousands of dollars, touting their "certification" and most of these handlers are not handlers at all. They spent a few days at the trainig centre with the dog and a trainer and are now supposed to be certified and instill confidence and knowledge in their clients.
You professional trainers know what I'm talking about. You folks who spent hundreds and thousands of hours training your dog, learning every nuance, a tail wag, a look, a posture, all indicators of something that only you and your dog know about. How does one pick up on that in 3-5 days. You don't.
What are the standards for BB dogs ? I have yet to see any.
How often is the dog recertified ? Annually, semi annually ?
Who conducts recerts (qualifications) ?
We pro trainers know that law enforcement/military K-9 teams have yearly/bi yearly, scheduled recerts to rigidly defined standards. We also know that, if they (the team) don't meet the required standards, they are pulled from field work, go back to training till they recertify.
Maybe I'm too old school and too rigid in my ways, I welcome your comments.
Welcome to the forum.
There are a couple of organizations for bed bug K9 teams.
There is a group called NESDCA that offers a certification for bed bug K9s.
They offer an annual certification program and market their dogs as certified K9 teams.
Run a search and you can read about their standards on their website.
I send my contact info to you, if you want to discuss the state of the industry in depth.
Do me one favor... Please use the term bed bug K9, bed bug detection dog., K9 team or any other term as a generic reference... BedBugDog™ is a trademark of Florida Canine Academy.
Thanks in advance...
What do you all think about the same dog being handled by different technicians/handlers?Thank you.
Good Question. For my part, I prefer to work my dogs myself. All creatures great and small have excentricities and our four legged buddies are no different. The time a handler spends training and working his dog only serves to enhance his/her knowledge of his dogs behaviour to be able to detect the little nuances of his K-9. My girl Maska, if in the presence of drugs, in a very airy situation like an open warehouse will develop a high, arcing tail wag. That tells me there are drugs somewhere, we just have to hone in on it. Another handler not accustomed to working with her might very well miss that signal because it is not a clear alert. Or, if the drugs are up high beyond her reach, she'll bark and look up, which she was not trained to do and then she'll sit, which she was trained to do. This may be obvious to some, but not all.
For my part, one dog one handler.
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