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Canine Search Specialist Training. Unit 1: Canine Selection and Screening. Unit Objective. Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to describe the components of canine selection. Enabling Objectives. Explain why there is a need for a standardized screening process

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Canine search specialist training

Canine Search Specialist Training

Unit 1:

Canine Selection and Screening


Unit objective
Unit Objective

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to describe the components of canine selection


Enabling objectives
Enabling Objectives

  • Explain why there is a need for a standardized screening process

  • Identify the pros and cons of choosing a puppy versus a young adult

  • Describe the characteristics of a qualified disaster canine candidate


Introduction canine selection and screening

Introduction—CanineSelection and Screening


Purpose
Purpose

  • Select a canine candidate

    • Which will train to CE level in least amount of time

    • With highest likelihood of success

    • That can do the job on deployments


Rationale for standardized selection process
Rationale for Standardized Selection Process

  • Improves Certification Evaluation success rate

  • Reduces training time

  • Is able to be repeated by multiple screeners

  • Gives objective basis for selecting or rejecting a canine candidate

  • Aids in maintaining a viable canine element at all times

  • Provides a means to support a canine-in-training prior to certification



Puppy pros
Puppy—Pros

  • More options on breed, sex of dog

  • Control of early training

  • Early exposure to US&R environment

  • Socialization

  • Drive and reward building


Puppy cons
Puppy—Cons

  • Low prediction of success based on puppy tests

  • Intensive training delayed until puppy is 6 to 12 months old

  • Will take longer to train

  • Physical and temperamental problems may develop when puppy matures


Young adult pros
Young Adult—Pros

  • What you see, is what you get

  • High prediction of success

  • Reduced training time

  • Can screen for physical problems


Young adult cons
Young Adult—Cons

  • Dog must be at least 12 months old

  • Limited selection of qualified dogs

  • Unknown early socialization and exposure

  • May not have access to dog’s genetic history (pedigree) if wanting to breed dog


Puppy selection
Puppy Selection

  • Should be based on success and quality of both parents

  • Should be based on success and quality of previous same parent litters


Breed selection
Breed Selection

  • Working breeds statistically more successful

    • Labrador Retrievers

    • German Shepherds

    • Golden Retrievers

    • Border Collies

    • Belgian Malinois


Standardized screening will select best candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

Standardized screening will select best candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog


Screening and selection process

Screening and Selection Process candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog


Screening process
Screening Process candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Dog is at least 12 months old

  • In good physical condition

  • Performed in an unfamiliar area


Selection process components
Selection Process Components candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Sociability

  • Drive

  • Nerve strength

  • Physical screening


Sociability
Sociability candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Comfort around dogs and people

  • Critical for dog’s ability to cope with the pressures of deployment


Sociability test
Sociability Test candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • 1 minute tie out with handler out of sight

  • Person with dog walk by

  • Stranger retrieves dog


Select canines that
Select canines that candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Attempt to greet or ignore stranger and canine


Drive
Drive candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Innate impulse that prompts a canine into action

  • The more instinctive, the more reliable

  • Desire for the reward


Measuring drive
Measuring Drive candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Independent possession

  • Play drive

  • Hunt drive


Toy possession and play drive test
Toy Possession and Play Drive Test candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Initially plays with handler and familiar toy

  • Plays with unfamiliar person with favorite toy

  • One minute observation of dog with toy


Independent possession test
Independent Possession Test candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Determine level of internal motivation for reward article

  • Handler plays with dog on flat ground

  • Once dog is engaged with toy, ignore the dog for 1 minute


Select canine that
Select canine that candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Plays vigorously with toys, guards or carries

  • Maintains focus on toys

  • Presents toy to play or self-plays with toy


Play drive
Play Drive candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Performed on rubble

  • Handler plays with dog using familiar toy

  • Hands dog off to stranger


Select canine that1
Select canine that candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Engages with stranger

  • Plays enthusiastically

  • Never loses interest in toy or play


Hunt drive test
Hunt Drive Test candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Assesses dog’s willingness to search for non-visible toy

  • Performed on easy to moderate rubble (FSA level)

  • Dog is allowed 15 minutes to acclimate to rubble prior to test


Hunt drive test continued
Hunt Drive Test candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog(continued)

  • Handler holds dog at base of rubble while helper throws toy on rubble

  • Process is repeated and dog is released after varying delay times, from no delay to 1 minute

  • Start point is relocated at least one time


Select canine that2
Select canine that candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Runs up on and navigates rubble with little or no hesitation

  • Hunts out of sight of handler for at least 1 minute on at least one hunt test

  • Will run directly on rubble from any start point

  • Maintains focus on search

  • Holds toy until returns to handler


Nerve strength
Nerve Strength candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

Emotional stability in uncomfortable and unfamiliar environment


Incorporated into play and hunt tests
Incorporated into Play and Hunt Tests candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Willingness to traverse different surfaces

  • Comfort in moving across a moderate rubble environment

  • Will retrieve toy from a hole or depression


Select canines that1
Select canines that candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Enter the rubble by the most direct route and without delay

  • Hunt for toy at a fast pace

  • Show little or no hesitation on surface changes

  • Search until locates toy or times out (1 minute)


Select canines that con t
Select canines that (con’t) candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Retrieve toy and carries back to handler

  • Stay in search area and maintains focus on search


Physical screening
Physical Screening candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Screen for

    • Hips

    • Elbows

    • Other breed specific issues (such as cataracts in Labradors)


Other screening considerations
Other Screening Considerations candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Trainability of dog

    • Focus on handler

    • Makes eye contact

    • Reacts to handler commands


Specific screening tool
Specific Screening Tool candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • FEMA US&R Proposed Process for Screening Canine Candidates

  • Available on Disasterdog website (www.disasterdog.org)


Components
Components candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Measures

    • Drive

    • Nerve strength

    • Sociability

  • Defines

    • Specific scoring criteria

    • Pass/fail limits


Other testing considerations
Other Testing Considerations candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Train screeners to common definitions

  • Screen in same location with same props


Quick field screening

Quick Field Screening candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog


Quick field screening1
Quick Field Screening candidate of any breed or mixed breed dog

  • Advantages

    • Performed on-site

    • Determines if canine is worth additional time

  • Tests

    • Repeated retrieves

    • Hunt in grass, debris or under objects (vehicles)

    • Elevated plank (park bench)


Good screening eliminates the mediocre dog
Good screening eliminates the candidate of any breed or mixed breed dogmediocre dog

  • Always re-fixing the same problems

  • Trainers are working harder than the dog

  • Does not want to do the job


We have no right to train a dog unsuitable for the disaster environment

We have NO RIGHT to train a dog unsuitable for the disaster environment!


They may have another idea about their job! unsuitable for the disaster environment!

“A Friend in Need” by Cassius M. Coolidge circa 1870


Screening does not guarantee success

Screening does not guarantee success! unsuitable for the disaster environment!

It selects canine candidates most likely to succeed in the least amount of time with a regimented training program and dedicated handler


Field demonstration

Field Demonstration unsuitable for the disaster environment!


Unit summary and evaluation

Unit Summary and Evaluation unsuitable for the disaster environment!


Unit summary
Unit Summary unsuitable for the disaster environment!

  • Explain why there is a need for a standardized screening process

  • Identify the pros and cons of choosing a puppy versus a young adult

  • Describe the characteristics of a qualified disaster canine candidate


Unit evaluation
Unit Evaluation unsuitable for the disaster environment!

Please fill out the evaluation form for this unit


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