Imprinting and Intro Detection


It all starts here! The foundation of detection work starts with “Imprinting”. This is we train the dog to recognize a target odor(s). We also add in an introduction into being a detection dog handler with how a dog’s nose works, changes of behavior when a dog detects a target odor, and basic leash handling skills. The K9 team also starts “proofing” off distractions such as non-target odors such as food and pet smells to reinforce the target odor.  

Sport detection target odors (Birch, Anise, and Clove) are provided- if you wish to train on other odors (narcotics, firearms, bed bugs etc) feel free to bring them.
This is a group format 1 hour class limited to 4 K9 teams (handler and dog).

Understand that every dog is different- the time it takes to imprint odors will vary between dogs.

***Class hours***
Class Hours- Most Friday afternoons/evening in Valley Center, Ca. and most Saturday mornings in Ramona, Ca. We say "most" because Pete is sometimes called away for an work assignment or to Judge a K9 event.

Group classes are $25 per K9 team. Each session is 1 hour with a maximum of 4 dogs in attendance. Some handlers will run more than 1 dog however class size is still limited to 4 dogs.

Private 1 hour classes are $100. The time is yours so you may run as many dogs as you like. This is perfect for problem solving or more advanced training.

All classes are "pay as you go". No need to purchase a block of classes, if something comes up and you can't make it to training, just let Pete know so he can free up your normal time slot.

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