1 hr 3 min

Training an "All Clear" for Detection Dogs with Paul Bunker of Chiron K9 K9 Conservationists

    • Natural Sciences

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Paul Bunker about all clear procedures.

Science Highlight: An assessment of the effects of habitat structure on the scat finding performance of a wildlife detection dog

What is an all-clear response?


The dog’s formal response to let the handler know there is no odor to alert to

What is a go-no-go response?


The dog’s NON-formal response to let the handler know there is no odor to alert to

What’s a situation we may want to teach this for?


Odor recognition tests
Teaching them that they can still get rewarded for no odor, which reduces stress
Good to check for contamination
Teaches them to be confident in leaving a search area with no target present knowing they will still be rewarded

What components make for a successful all clear?


Ensure it is maintained and refreshed
Prepare your training session in advance. Progression plans are extremely important.
Variable reinforcement with your dog’s reward hierarchy
The dog must 100% understand target before learning all clear
Don’t use jackpot rewards for an all clear

What other options do we have for reducing stress and reducing false responses (go-no-go)?


Teach odor separately from systems of searching so they are not codependent
Train blank sessions
Train longer sessions (within the abilities of your dog) so that it is similar to long working days
Develop independence early

Links Mentioned in the Episode:

Where to find Paul Bunker:  Website | Instagram | Facebook

You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists.

K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Paul Bunker about all clear procedures.

Science Highlight: An assessment of the effects of habitat structure on the scat finding performance of a wildlife detection dog

What is an all-clear response?


The dog’s formal response to let the handler know there is no odor to alert to

What is a go-no-go response?


The dog’s NON-formal response to let the handler know there is no odor to alert to

What’s a situation we may want to teach this for?


Odor recognition tests
Teaching them that they can still get rewarded for no odor, which reduces stress
Good to check for contamination
Teaches them to be confident in leaving a search area with no target present knowing they will still be rewarded

What components make for a successful all clear?


Ensure it is maintained and refreshed
Prepare your training session in advance. Progression plans are extremely important.
Variable reinforcement with your dog’s reward hierarchy
The dog must 100% understand target before learning all clear
Don’t use jackpot rewards for an all clear

What other options do we have for reducing stress and reducing false responses (go-no-go)?


Teach odor separately from systems of searching so they are not codependent
Train blank sessions
Train longer sessions (within the abilities of your dog) so that it is similar to long working days
Develop independence early

Links Mentioned in the Episode:

Where to find Paul Bunker:  Website | Instagram | Facebook

You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists.

K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok

1 hr 3 min