CONSERVATION DETECTOR DOGS
Specializing in Wildlife Surveys
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Handler Training Program

The Importance of Teamwork
At PACKLEADER Detector Dogs, we know that simply placing a dog and handler together does not make an efficient team. To form the most effective team possible, a prospective handler’s skills and personality are evaluated to match them with a dog’s character and work ethic. Selection of a handler can often be more critical than the selection of a dog. A poorly chosen handler can have a negative impact on a dog, even causing a highly experienced detection dog to become frustrated and fail to locate samples.  In an effort to optimize the effectiveness of the team, all dogs are trained prior to assignment to a handler.

Depending on the project requirements, handler training is a rigorous two or three week hands-on session, covering everything from canine behavior to understanding the influence of the environment on odor, that will prepare your handlers for the field.   PACKLEADER’S training curriculum includes instruction on:

  • Canine selection
  • Basic canine behavior
  • Dog physiology
  • Canine care
  • Proper use of equipment
  • Motivational techniques
  • Scent/odor characteristics
  • Influence of the environment on odor
  • Interpretation of the dog's body language
  • Search patterns
  • Practical applications
During field training, the handler gains experience in reading and inter-preting the dog’s changes of behavior.

These innovative training techniques result in the development of a successful and efficient conservation detector dog team.
This page was last updated: March 16, 2008