The AKC Detection Dog Task Force (DDTF) held a webinar on June 9th, “Getting Puppies Started Right for Detection: Experts Compare and Contrast Successful Approaches – Part 2”. Our panelists were Bart Rogers, Tim Baird and Stacey West. The discussion began, well… at the beginning, with a focus on the importance of the role of the breeder.
In addition, a sound genetic foundation is critical for the future of a detection dog, the combination of three categories encompass the ideal characteristics:
- Odor-guided behavior – Hunt drive, obedience to odor search techniques
- Trainability – Reward value, Sociability (balance)
- Emotional Reactivity – Environmental soundness, boldness/fearlessness, Arousal
Periods of Puppy Development are defined in the following categories:
- Prenatal – Effort to minimize maternal stress
- Neonatal – Sensory systems become functional – multisensory stimulation
- Critical period of socialization – Puppies are highly receptive to new experiences, Fear response is developing
- 4-8 Weeks, Biggest impact on future behavior
- Closes around 12 weeks when fear response is at peak
- Additional sensitive periods: teething, adolescence
The DDTF continues our efforts to increase the supply of high-quality, American-bred, -raised and -trained dogs to protect our national and public security. This informative webinar is just one instance of how we work to fulfill our mission.
Please join us on July 14th for our next installment of our webinar series, “AKC Reunite’s Adopt A K-9 Cop funding program and The U.S. Police Canine Association (USPCA)”. More information and invitations to follow soon.
Review a recording of the June 9th webinar here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/38706523392627470