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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-15-2015, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Are there any breeders or owners of SAR dogs/puppies who imprint pups on a target scent? If so; would you mind briefly sharing your method and why you use the one you do? I've seen a lot of success with a couple different methods but I am trying to learn as much as I can as I am still quite new to this.

When do you begin imprinting? Do you use a clicker with it? Do you offer constant exposure? Why do you do it the specific way you do?

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Will be interesting to see what you find. Mine was tested with cadaver at a young age to check for aversion (he tried to eat it). But I did not begin imprinting until I got him as a pup at which point I started immediately.

I have heard of some folks breeding dogs for specific purposes imprinting while on the mothers teat by associating the target odor with feeding but it would be pretty hard to dedicate a litter to a specific odor.

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Very interesting thought... Seeming unless you are imprinting on cadaver the dog is naturally being imprinted on humans as he is handled and loved... I've heard that dogs that love to roll in smelly stuff (like the stinkiest ever) should be good at HRD... If that's so, my girl (and boy) should end up being phenomenal, lol! Keep us posted on your progress.. I'm curious
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Several different ways to imprint all of which seem to work. I did it with scented throws. In this case PVC tubes drilled with holes and training material (cadaver) placed inside. By 11 weeks (video) he was retrieving by using his nose to find the source. We then transitioned to hides without throws.


This method has the focus as the hunting behavior and not worrying about the trained final response until the dog has established the hunt for source.

Beau passed his first NAPWDA HRD certification at 15 months, and has recertified twice since then. He will be 4 in July. He has never trusted his eyes.

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Several different ways to imprint all of which seem to work. I did it with scented throws. In this case PVC tubes drilled with holes and training material (cadaver) placed inside. By 11 weeks (video) he was retrieving by using his nose to find the source. We then transitioned to hides without throws.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUkS9l8ClZ8

This method has the focus as the hunting behavior and not worrying about the trained final response until the dog has established the hunt for source.

Beau passed his first NAPWDA HRD certification at 15 months, and has recertified twice since then. He will be 4 in July. He has never trusted his eyes.
So awesome.

I'm a total newbie with a 12wk GSD and seeing things like this is really inspiring
They're just so smart!!

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These folks imprint differently and have a successful business for military and police dogs. Not sure of target odor used.


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Thanks, everyone! The videos are great, I am going to continue my research and I will keep you posted, of course

Jocoyn, how did you get Beau certified as a NAPWDA Certified Cadaver Dog? How did you do his training and then where did you go to have him tested? Are you in LE yourself?
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We get sponsored by a local NAPWDA trainer and are "associate" members. I train on a SAR team and we also train frequently with the police department who has sponsored us. Once a year we bring in a Master Trainer to certify us. We can't pay them but pay for expenses.

Are you going to do cadaver or live find and have you joined a team? I will tell you that SC and Eastern NC are NOW flooded with cadaver dogs (not sure why it has become so popular), and I would be ON a team AND doing live find air scent if I were starting a new dog.

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