100 episodes

This podcast is all about Detection Dogs we talking training, working the dog in the real world, starting a new dog or have an experienced dog, this show is for you.  Calling all Detection dogs, Sniffer Dogs, those who compete in Nosework / Scentwork sports.  If you work a detection dog that sniffs out bombs, drugs, guns, cell phones, electronic devices or anything else this podcast is for you 

K9s Talking Scents Cameron Ford

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    • 4.8 • 104 Ratings

This podcast is all about Detection Dogs we talking training, working the dog in the real world, starting a new dog or have an experienced dog, this show is for you.  Calling all Detection dogs, Sniffer Dogs, those who compete in Nosework / Scentwork sports.  If you work a detection dog that sniffs out bombs, drugs, guns, cell phones, electronic devices or anything else this podcast is for you 

    #101 Talking to GOATs with Michael Ellis and Ivan Balabanov

    #101 Talking to GOATs with Michael Ellis and Ivan Balabanov

    In this episode Cameron, Michael Ellis and Ivan Balabanov discuss various topics within the dog training industry. They cover the definition of a good repetition in training, the importance of timing and motivation, the impact of human intervention on dog evolution, the use of errorless learning versus trial and error learning, the utilization of a dog's genetic predisposition in training, and the changes in the detection dog world over the years. This part of the conversation focuses on introducing variable reward schedules in training, the legalities of working with detection dogs, the challenges of managing vocalization in dogs, and the distinction between opposition reflex and opposition response. The importance of introducing blanks and control negatives in training is also discussed, as well as the value of signaling and conditioned reinforcers. The conversation also touches on understanding dogs with ADHD-like behaviors, embracing challenges and failures in training, and the process of training obedience with distractions. In this conversation, the hosts discuss various topics related to dog training. They emphasize the importance of exposing dogs to different environments and not isolating them until their behaviors are perfect. They also discuss the use of personal vs. impersonal punishment and the role of clarity in training. The hosts share their thoughts on the use of pharmaceuticals in dog training, highlighting the need for a plan to eliminate them and the potential side effects. They also discuss the future of the dog training industry and offer advice for the next generation of dog trainers.

    Cameron Ford http://www.fordk9.com
    Michael Ellis. http://www.michaelellisschool.com
    Ivan Balabanov http://trainingwithoutconflict.com

    • 2 hr 29 min
    #100 Does my Detection Dog have ADHD with Dr. Melanie Uhde

    #100 Does my Detection Dog have ADHD with Dr. Melanie Uhde

    In this episode, Dr. Melanie Uhde of Canine Decoded (Canine Neuroscientist) discusses the topics of arousal, motivation, and learning in dogs. She explains how arousal affects search efficiency and the role of dopamine in the brain. The conversation also explores the impact of anticipation and cue-induced excitement on behavior. Additionally, Dr. Uhde addresses the lack of research on dopamine in dogs and the challenges of studying brain function in live animals. The episode concludes with a discussion on freezing behavior and its connection to anticipation. This part of the conversation explores the importance of zero and novelty in detection training, the contextual learning process in detection dogs, and the introduction of novelty and distractions in training environments. It also delves into the concepts of memory and inference in detection dogs, including spatial and procedural memory, working memory, and explicit and episodic memory. The impact of memory on odor recognition and the relationship between training frequency and memory are discussed, as well as the role of focus and distraction in memory formation. In this conversation, Melanie and Cameron discuss various topics related to dog behavior and training. They explore the similarities between ADHD and autism in dogs, highlighting the importance of motivation and focus in training. They also delve into the concept of variable reinforcement and its benefits in dog learning. The conversation touches on the genetic aspects of memory and whether it is possible to breed for specific memory capabilities. The idea of a 'smartest breed' is challenged, emphasizing that intelligence comes in different forms. The discussion concludes with a conversation about the timing of introducing odor to puppies and the potential risks involved. Overall, the conversation provides valuable insights into dog behavior and training.

    You can find Dr. Uhde at http://www.caninedecoded.com


    00:00 Introduction and Background
    07:39 Arousal, Motivation, and Learning
    11:15 Effects of Arousal on Search Efficiency
    25:37 Dopamine in Dogs
    28:14 Arousal and Behavior in Different Contexts
    32:30 Freezing Behavior and Anticipation
    36:39 The Importance of Zero and Novelty in Detection Training
    38:47 The Contextual Learning Process in Detection Dogs
    41:35 Introducing Novelty and Distractions in Training Environments
    42:34 Memory and Inference in Detection Dogs
    45:42 Spatial and Procedural Memory in Detection Dogs
    47:05 Working Memory in Dogs
    49:56 Explicit and Episodic Memory in Dogs
    50:55 Implicit and Episodic Memory in Dogs
    53:46 The Impact of Memory on Odor Recognition
    57:48 The Relationship Between Training Frequency and Memory
    01:00:26 The Role of Focus and Distraction in Memory Formation
    01:09:36 ADHD and Autism in Dogs
    01:11:09 Motivation and Focus in Dogs
    01:14:13 Variable Reinforcement
    01:17:34 Memory and Breeding
    01:25:55 The Smartest Breed
    01:28:17 Early Introduction to Odor
    01:33:32 Developmental Stages and Risk
    01:37:42 Finding Melanie

    • 1 hr 40 min
    #99 Just Communicate with Dr. Simon Gadbois

    #99 Just Communicate with Dr. Simon Gadbois

    This episode contains a wealth of information. Dr. Gadbois delves into various aspects of detection dog work and general dog training. Some of the topics discussed include the use of markers, variable reinforcement schedules, the significance of blank searches, the acknowledgment that reality is not flawless, and the notion that training should not strive for perfection either.

    Dr. Simon Gadbois integrates ethology, animal experimental psychology, and behavioural neuroscience to study wild and domestic canids. He completed his Ph.D. in behavioural endocrinology at the Canadian Centre for Wolf Research (CCWR) examining the hormonal correlates of social behaviour in wolves, as well as action sequences in wolves, coyotes and red foxes. When the CCWR closed in 2007, he started the Canid Behaviour Research Lab at Dalhousie University and focussed his research on coyote-human conflicts and canine scent detection and search. He is interested in the fundamental science of olfaction and olfactory learning, as well as some applications: His lab has focussed on environmental/conservation, biomedical, and forensic applications of scent processing in dogs.

    To learn even more about Detection Dogs go visit http://www.fordk9.com 

    • 2 hr 6 min
    #98 Training vs Reality and Marijuana vs Hemp with Steven Antommarchi

    #98 Training vs Reality and Marijuana vs Hemp with Steven Antommarchi

    In this Episode we sit down with Steven Atommarchi who is a police officer K9 handler and trainer, K9 researcher and owner of Next Level K9 located in TX.  Steven has a wide range of real world experience and now more and more experience with the various K9 research projects such as Hemp vs. MJ he has done with Dr. Kenneth Furton.  You can reach Steven via email at nextlevelk9texas@gmail.com

    To learn about all things detection dogs and webinars from the best in the detection dog field go to http://www.fordk9.com

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #97 Where is my Whiskey and Tobacco with Stu Phillips

    #97 Where is my Whiskey and Tobacco with Stu Phillips

    In this episode, Cameron Ford interviews Stu Phillips, an operational K9 handler and trainer. Stu shares his journey of working with military working dogs and transitioning to civilian work as a detection dog handler. He discusses the challenges and requirements of working with passive screening drug dogs in high pedestrian environments. Stu also talks about his experience working with explosive detection dogs during the London Olympics. The conversation concludes with Stu's work training whiskey barrel detection dogs and the process of training dogs to detect low-level odors. In this part of the conversation, Stu Phillips discusses the importance of recording and timing in dog training. He then shares the story of the whiskey dogs and the challenges he faced training them. He also talks about his work with tobacco detection dogs and the unique qualities he looks for in these dogs. Finally, he emphasizes the importance of reading your dog and incorporating blank searches into training. In this conversation, Stu Phillips and Cameron Ford discuss various topics related to detection dog training and handling. They cover the use of a middle position and reinforcing different search outcomes, the challenges of conservation detection work, the pros and cons of using Kong as a training tool, advice for handlers working with their first detection dog, and the differences between Springer Spaniels and working Cocker Spaniels. Stu Phillips also shares how people can connect with him and the services he offers.

    You can reach out to Stu on Instagram @bwyk9
    Website http://www.bwycanine.co.uk
    Introduction and Background
    Getting into Dogs and Working with Military Working Dogs
    Transitioning to Civilian Work and Training Detection Dogs
    Working as a Passive Screening Drug Dog Handler
    Working in High Pedestrian Environments with Passive Screening Dogs
    Qualities of a Dog for People Screening
    Memorable Deployment with a Passive Screening Dog
    Transitioning to Explosive Detection Dogs for the Olympics
    Challenges and Issues with Contracting Companies
    Training Whiskey Barrel Detection Dogs
    Dog Selection and Training for Low-Level Odor Detection
    Training Process and Proofing for Operational Readiness
    The Importance of Recording and Timing
    The Whiskey Dogs
    Tobacco Detection Dogs
    Challenges of Tobacco Detection
    The Importance of Reading Your Dog
    Qualities of a Tobacco Detection Dog
    Training with Blank Searches
    Using a Middle Position and Reinforcing Different Search Outcomes
    Conservation Detection and the Challenges Faced
    Pros and Cons of Using Kong as a Training Tool
    Advice for Handlers Working with Their First Detection Dog
    Differences Between Springer Spaniels and Working Cocker Spaniels
    How to Connect with Stu Phillips and the Services He Offers

    • 2 hr 25 min
    #96 The Misinformed Odor Clown

    #96 The Misinformed Odor Clown

    In this episode, Steven Antommarchi, a fellow Police K9 Trainer and Handler, engages in a deep and informative conversation with Cameron. 

    The interview covers a wide range of topics, delving into both personal and professional aspects of Cameron’s life, with a significant focus on detection dogs. This episode offers a comprehensive insight into Cameron’s experiences and expertise, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in detection dogs. 

    To explore more about Detection Dogs, visit http://www.fordk9.com

    • 2 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

mika and me ,

Great Podcast for Scentwork Enthusiasts

I look forward to each and every episode! Cameron Ford interviews the most amazing experts in Detection and Scentwork in a variety of fields. If you love learning about dogs and their amazing capabilities, I highly recommend listening!

Kari&Dan ,

Episode 71 😍

I love Cameron Ford’s amazing podcast with all the guests he brings on for us. I live in Las Vegas with a son in CCSD public schools and I love Episode 71!

tgnylu ,

Great Content, but let your guests speak

I love the info, but it’s hard to listen to with the presenter saying “uh huh, yup, yeah, uh huh” every two seconds. Perhaps he wants to let the whole world know that the information isn’t novel or unfamiliar to him… we don’t care if you already know. Ask a question and let the guest speak.

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