Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Breeds

Q.  What breed is best for scent detection?

A.  Any breed of dog will work if they have a drive to do the work that you are asking them to do.
Most trainers would lean towards a working or herding breed of dog, but you can train a Chihuahua to do scent detection.

 

Q.  What dogs are classified in the working group?

A.  Here is a link to the American Kennel Club with their classifications: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/groups/working/

Q.  What breed is best for patrol work?

A.  Any breed over 45 lbs. but we would recommend not getting a Labrador or Golden Retriever. We would highly recommend a working or herding breed of dog for this type work.

 


Q.  What dogs are classified in the herding group?

A.  Here is a link to the American Kennel Club with their classifications: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/groups/herding/


Characterstics Of A Puppy Fit To Be A Working Dog

Q.  How can I tell which puppy is the best in a litter?

A.  There are a couple of things to look for when picking out a potential working dog.  The tests are best conducted when the puppies are approximately 10 to 14 weeks old.

Then observe the entire litter to see which one(s) have a more dominant personality. Wait for the ones that are more outgoing and energetic. Also see which one approaches  you first on their own and take note of the ones that shy away from you. The ones that shy away probably will not be good candidates.

 

Q.  Are There Any Other  Tests I Can Perform?

A.  Individually take the ones that are outgoing, energetic and seem to have a dominant personality, and approached you first, on leash out to an open yard with grass that is no more than approximately 4 inches tall. Once you are in the yard, take a ball and show it to the puppy.

Once the puppy starts to notice it throw the toy into the yard approximately 20-25 feet from their location. Then turn the puppy in a circle, and then let them off leash encouraging them to go hunt. The one(s) out of the remaining that stay in the yard longer than approximately 30 seconds, or find the toy can move on the next test.

 

Q. How Do I Make My Final Decision?

A. The final test will be to see if they have the courage to stand up to a person. None of the remaining puppies may pass this test. It is not a requirement, but if one does pass the test then you know they are probably the best choice.

So out of the remaining puppies take them individually on leash, and either have one person hold the leash or stake them out. Then one person will approach them in a slow and threatening manner possibly making a threatening noise, but not yelling. The ones that still approach pass.

Finally, if possible, meet the parents of the puppy and observe their level of confidence in their normal environment. It is important that the puppy comes from confident parents.


What To Expect When Training Your Canine

Q. What is the best age to begin training my dog?

A. 360 Bootcamp – as soon as your puppy comes home at 6-8 weeks old or if an older dog it is never too late to start training in obedience.

Scent Detection –  formal training begins at approximately 6 months and most dogs can work until 9 years of age.

Patrol – drive and bite can start as early as 6-8 weeks but formal training begins at approximately 18 months to 2 years. Dogs can work until age 8 or 9.

Q.  Are there any prerequisites with my dog before beginning scent detection and/or patrol training?

A. Yes, we strongly recommend taking our 360 Bootcamp course before moving into scent detection and patrol training.

This training will take approximately 6 – 12 weeks depending on:

  • Your training schedule
  • How well your dog responds to the training
  • Age of the dog

We also offer private lessons via Skype if you would like more individualized training or run into challenges requiring special attention.

Q. What if my dog is not food motivated, how do I reward them during 360 Bootcamp  ?

A. All dogs like all living creatures are motivated to eat. There are ways to teach food motivation through play and by changing the way your dog is fed. People often free feed their dogs, leaving the food available all day. If you are free feeding, STOP.  Feed your dog, giving them 15 minutes to finish and if they don’t, pick up the food and offer it again after a few hours for another 15 minutes.  Before you know it they will be on a schedule and a healthy dog will not starve through this process.

The type of food you are using in training makes a difference as well. Experiment with different food types including dices of cheese, chicken, hot dogs or steak.   Food play is another way to teach them food motivation.  Tossing it, covering it up, batting it around on the floor and just playing and being silly with your dog, will do wonders.

Toy play is another way to reward your dog.  Experiment with different toys and different types of play.  Do they enjoy tugging, playing with a ball, playing chase?  Experiment and explore.  Just being released to go sniff around, or going for a walk, access to a dog friend can all be reinforcing.  Find all of the things that motivate your dog and employ them! -> Trainer Michaela

Q.  What method (philosophy) of training does Remnant Canine 360 use?

A.  The training method used for scent detection will employ the use of treats and/or toys to reinforce the desired behavioral that we seek out of the dog. For patrol training, we will use treats and/or toys for positive reinforcement as well as compulsion training if necessary.

Q.  How long does it take to complete the patrol portion of the training?

A.  For  patrol training, you can expect approximately 24 weeks or 4-6 months depending on:

  • Your training schedule
  • How well your dog responds to the training
  • Age of the dog

We also offer private lessons via Skype if you would like more individualized training or run into challenges requiring special attention.

 

 

Q.  How long does it take to complete the scent detection training?

A.  For scent detection, it will take approximately 20 weeks or 4-6 months depending on:

  • Your training schedule
  • How well your dog responds to the training
  • Age of the dog

We also offer private lessons via Skype if you would like more individualized training or run into challenges requiring special attention.

 

Q.  Where can I buy training aids if I want to train my dog on either explosives or narcotics?

A. Remnant Canine 360 recommends that you buy Scentlogix products from one of their distributors: Elite K9, Ray Allen and All K9.