MaggieDog Posted February 2, 2009 Report Share Posted February 2, 2009 Some of you may remember that Ziva's in training as a SAR dog. Two weeks ago, Ziva treed a cat at a training and at training today showed a lot of interest in wild animal scent (scat, bones, etc.). It was interfering enough in her work that our training director brought up the dread "wash out" phrase. He's not too concerned, but he did mention that dogs can be washed out for excessive crittering. Crittering is also absolutely unacceptable if I ever want her to get involved in human remains/cadaver detection. I *know* Ziva can do the work, we just need some help proofing against scent distraction. She's got a decent leave it cue already, but this needs to be uncued; ideally such that she actively avoids checking the scent out and/or just completely ignores any scent other than applicable ones. I'm thinking about buying some scent used by hunters (deer, bird, maybe rabbit and/or squirrel if I can find them) and using the products from my cat's litter box to set up initial training sessions so I know where the "off" scents are and doing some work teaching her just to back off at first, but after that I'm not sure how to make this skill an uncued default behavior and that's where I need help. Does my initial plan sound like a good one? And how do I make it a *rock solid* default? Thanks for any suggestions you can offer! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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