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Curriculum - Scent Detection

  1. Introduction to scent detection
  2. Fundamentals of the dog’s olfaction process and how scent works
  3. Understanding dog behaviour when working odour

  4. Phases of training a detection dog:

    • Imprinting - To familiarise your dog to a target scent and pair it with positive associations

    • Indication - To let you know when it has found the source of the target scent

    • Searching - To conduct an effective search in scenarios of increasing difficulty

    • Proofing - To improve reliability and success

  5. Guidelines on setting up a successful scent detection session
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