Short video of canine working the automatic training and testing scent wheel in the absence of a trainer.

It is my great pleasure to announce that I am teaching a couple of days in Finland in 2019. I will post more soon

This course is full

Africa Trip

July 9, 2018 — Leave a comment

Recently I had the great pleasure of working in Kenya on a project for my friend Jason Crafter of Invictus K9.

I spent 10 days in Masai Mara working with the Rangers there. I was delivering an anti-poaching detection dog and training the handlers. I will post more about this trip, the great work of the Mara Conservancy and the Rangers there.

For now here is a picture taken one afternoon while traveling from the Oolololo gate to the out post near the Tanzanian boarder.

I was told this cheetah is a mother raising 5 cubs.

I am experimenting with different formats for sharing training information.

Click here to see the new training article format. This will open a flip book that has four different complimentary explanations of the retriever drill Force to the Pile.

The flip book offers an outline-  a video- the transcript of the video with photos captured from the video and then it ends with a more detailed explanation of the drill.

Try it out and let me know what you think


amber6 copy
I needed an assembly manual to ship with our training wheel. We have been shipping a printed pdf with each wheel. I wanted to have a manual available for download.

This shows two new formats. the first is a flip book. If you click on the picture of Amber you will be redirected to a flip book that you can view online.

If you click on the link below you can download a pdf and save or print at your pleasure.

Download pdf


You will need to use your browser’s back button to return to this site after you view/download the document

Over the course of almost two years working with home built detection training carousels I designed these wheels.

We have them built in Smithsburg and offer them for sale on my Tactical Directional Canine website

Here is a short clip of DD working two wheels, one hot one not.

Puppy Directionals

March 11, 2018 — Leave a comment

This was shot using a cell phone camera and not enough light.

However, it is a fun video. The puppy is 8 weeks old the day this ws shot.

Here is an old video of puppy training with scent tubes.

I Hope to begin posting more new content soon.

I found this article in Science Daily

Improving babies’ language skills before they’re even old enough to speak

September 30, 2014
Rutgers University
In the first months of life, when babies begin to distinguish sounds that make up language from all the other sounds in the world, they can be trained to more effectively recognize which sounds “might” be language, accelerating the development of the brain maps which are critical to language acquisition and processing, according to new research.
Link to the full article:
Early experiences create beneficial changes in the brain of humans. My experience tells me the same is true for puppies.