Six-Bones, deaf and half-blind, learns scent discrimination in three days. Because he is deaf and half-blind, we need to use our imaginative and creative skills to devise the correct training procedures. Notice how the instructor and the handler create a conditioned positive reinforcer that they can use later when doing scent discrimination. Everything is done with the highest possible precision, patiently and thoroughly. The dog doesn’t need to see or hear to do scent detection. Its olfaction is as good as any other dog’s. All we need is to devise the correct way to communicate what we want and to teach it rightly.
In the end, the team passes the double-blind test, of course!
To learn more about our uniquely efficient Canine Scent Detection, please go to our course Canine Scent Detection.
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"Six Bones — The Little Deaf Half-Blind Sniffer Dog" Video Quiz
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