Narcotics Detection- input and advice!!
Hey guys- some big things are happening for us. I was just asked to start shadowing our head trainer at the facility Ellie trains with, with the hopes that I will start working as a trainer there within the next year or so! This trainer also pulled us aside after class the other night to tell me that he thought Ellie had the potential and the drive to be really successful in Narcotics Detection. He has the education to teach the scent detection, but he's open to trying methods other than those that he learned in school. This is very new territory for me, and we are wanting to be open-minded about the way that we go about things.
Does anyone here have any experience at all in this type of training? What materials do you use during training? How long did it take you to complete your training? Did you receive any type of certification? What method did you use during training?
The goal is that, eventually, our dogs (and us) will be available to work when law enforcement/private agencies are in need of a detection team.
I'm really just looking for any info at all here- input, experiences, advice, anything!