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Search Dog Handler – Accredited Diploma Course

£495 £149

UK Rural Skills AccreditedNUS Extra

Study Type:               Home Study, Distance Learning

Duration:                  150 Hours, Self-paced

Course Materials:   200 Page PDF Course Book
Course Materials:   9 Module Assessments
Course Materials:   1 Final Thesis Assessment
Course Materials:   Student Guidelines
Course Materials:   Learning Objectives
Course Materials:   Access to Private Study Group.

Full Lifetime Access
Hard Copy Certificate of Completion
Canine Principles Certified Badge for your Website and Social Media

The Search Dog Handler Diploma course is a comprehensive and fascinating exploration of canine scentwork training and the many roles that professional handlers and their dogs hold today.

The modern canine has evolved with a fantastic sense of smell. Dogs can smell everything from cancerous cells within the human body to a lost hiker hidden in the mountains, desperate for rescue. This course will show you how to understand the behaviour of scent itself and work with a dog within a mutually beneficial team. You will learn how to work alongside the dog’s flawless sense of smell in roles such as tracking, item search, people search and even cadaver detection.

The course is designed for anyone wanting to teach their dog professional search. It’s suitable for trainers interested in pursuing a professional role in anything from search and rescue, military or police search roles to customs and excise dog training. Alternatively, if you are a pet dog trainer, you have a base of material on specialist dog training that you can use to create your own original group classes and offer an amazing scentwork based service to your clients. Something different that will benefit them and their dogs.

We also cover the fundamentals of how a dog learns and canine coaching in general.

The Search Dog Handler Diploma course will provide you with a vast range of training stages for many different search dog roles. The information within has been learned by the author over many years spent as a professional and operational military search dog trainer. Visit the table of contents to see how much excellent information is contained within the course.

Canine Principles only teaches positive and kind, careful scientific methods of canine coaching and communication.

Content

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Course Syllabus

One: Scenting and Cognition

During module one of the course we consider the natural aspects of scent recognition in dogs. We look at the canine nose in detail along with how it corresponds with the brain to create memories of scent that will benefit the dog. This module considers the biology of sniffing and the fundamental basis of scentwork with dogs.
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  • Canine Senses
  • The Dog’s Nose
  • The Jacobson’s Organ
  • The Brain
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Breed Differences
  • How Dogs Learn
  • Learned Helplessness
  • Learning and Stress
  • Trigger Stacking

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Two: Canine Coaching

During the second module of the course we will consider the most relevant aspects of canine coaching to scentwork and search. This area will focus on mutual effective communication, a careful balance and the habits of professional coaching such as how to always set the dog up for success and keep their confidence high enough to learn.
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  • The Canine Coach
  • Canine Individuality
  • Body Language
  • Confusion
  • A Perfect Coaching Session
  • Reinforcement
  • Clicker Training
  • Retrieve
  • Play!
  • Targeting
  • Proofing

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Three: Working with Scent

Module three of the course considers scent in more detail. During the module, we explore what a scent particle is, how it works in the air and the way that scent moves in different areas, temperatures and environments. We also consider what suitable scents there are for scentwork training, the way that some common scent types work and the baseline scent of a human being or other animal.
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  • What is Scent?
  • The Kinetic Theory of Gases
  • The Environment
  • Scent Movement
  • Diffusion
  • The Scent Pool
  • The Scent Cone
  • Laminar Flow and Obstacles
  • Turbulent Airflow
  • Time of Day
  • The Scent Picture
  • Settling of Scent
  • Using the Wind

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Four: Item Search

Module four works on the beginning of search and scenting exercises, basic item search. This is the basis of all item search scentwork training, whether searching for drugs, explosives, currency or weapons. We begin the module by exploring scentwork terms and move into teaching a dog to recognise and be motivated by a specific scent.
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  • Scentwork Terms
  • Discrimination
  • Item or Article
  • Indication
  • False Indication
  • Showing Interest
  • The Search Team
  • Cue
  • Bracketing
  • Hide
  • Contamination
  • Reward
  • Search Items
  • Canine Preparation
  • Multi-Drops
  • Dog Handling
  • Open Areas
  • Complex Areas
  • Roads or Access Routes
  • Indoor Search
  • Vehicles
  • Outside the Vehicle
  • Handler Position
  • Crowd Search
  • Luggage Search

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Five: Seeking People

Module five of the course considers search and rescue dogs. We explore area search and the act of seeking people from scent particles, in the air or on specific items. We begin the module by considering the scent that leads this type of search dog to his final reward, which naturally, is the person he is trying to find.
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  • Human Scent
  • Rafts of Skin
  • Search and Rescue
  • Working Terms
  • Stages of Training
  • Agree on an Alert
  • All-Clear Signal
  • Specific Scent

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Six: Track and Trail

During module six of the course we consider how the tracker dog works, along with how they are trained. The tracker dog is a different type of trained scenting dog. He works with scent particles left on the ground predominantly. The trail dog tends to work with scent on the ground and in the air.Dog search and rescue training classes. Training a search dog. Search dog courses. Training your dog to search.

  • The Tracker Dog
  • Stages of Training
  • Trailing
  • Lost Animals

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Seven: Human Remains

Module seven of the course continues to discuss searching for people and associated scents. We discuss the sensitive topic of cadaver dog training, human remains detection and search in areas of natural or mass disaster. Whilst the cadaver detection dog is fascinating, it is also a sensitive area of search and it’s important to keep this in mind as you work through this module.
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  • Cadaver Detection Dogs
  • History
  • Human Decomposition
  • Search Types
  • Passive Indication
  • Crime and Evidence
  • Water
  • The Body in Water
  • Stages of Training

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Eight: Medical Scentwork

Module eight of the course considers the medical aspect of scentwork and canine detection that is related to human health and disease. We explore the latest research into professional medical dogs plus explore the differences between dogs that work as medical assistance for one handler and the detection dogs that sniff various human samples to check for disease.

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  • Detection and Alert
  • Scent and Disease
  • Medical Detection
  • History
  • Training
  • Medical Alert
  • Training

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Nine: Care and Responsibility

Module nine considers the responsibilities of the professional dog handler. We explore canine health and care in a professional handler setting, the law associated with search dogs, how to be a professional on the ground and the all-important aspects of canine first aid.

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  • Animal Welfare
  • Burnout
  • Health
  • Checking Vital Signs
  • First Aid
  • Canine First Aid Kit
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (Bloat)
  • Heatstroke
  • Hypothermia
  • Emergency Care
  • Broken Bones
  • Bleeding
  • Handling an Injured Dog

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Studying with Canine Principles

The course is online study with access to a positive, expanding study group and tutor support. It is assessed at the end of each module with a set of questions and an essay, along with a final assessment for certification. Certification includes; digital and hard copy certificates, a badge for your website or Facebook page and the option to be added to the Canine Principles graduates page. There is also a useful reading list supplied with the course.

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FAQ

Have a question about your course? Click here for answers to our frequently asked questions.

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Support

Throughout the Search Dog Handler Diploma Course, you will be supported in your learning by qualified Canine Behaviourist Practitioner. The course also offers entry to a private study group where you can discuss topics with other Canine Principles students.

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Refund Policy

Refunds for emailed course documents are not available as standard as the product is shipped and unreturnable. Individual emergency cases can be considered at the discretion of Canine Principles.

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