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Study on “Olfactory Generalization in Detector Dogs”

Study on “Olfactory Generalization in Detector Dogs” From the abstract: ” A failure to generalize can result in dogs missing targets in working scenarios. Although generalization is usually desired to some extent, dogs must also discriminate against related odors that are not targets. Therefore, research that investigates factors that can influence dogs’ tendency to generalize, […]

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Detection and E-collar seminar, July 12-14, 2019

Contact Jackie Barbieri (317) 507-1991, thelagottotrainer@gmail.com

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Tactical Directional course Intro

Moving forward I will continue to share training information on three main topics: Detection training, Directional training and Retriever training. This post is an an excerpt from the intro to directional training course

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A small electrical zap to the brain could help you retrieve a forgotten memory

The Summary of the report: ” Psychologists have provided strong evidence that a certain region of the brain plays a critical role in memory recall. The research also shows for the first time that using an electrical current to stimulate that region, the left rostrolateral prefrontal cortex, improves people’s ability to retrieve memories. “ For […]

By Pat Nolan | Brain Research . Research
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There are only two problems you can have in detection work— Part 2

This is the second part of this series. Click here to read the first part. Shaping response to odor Now when your dog finds target odor pause do not pay right away. If she stays with her nose in the tube mark and pay this. Many dogs will leave the odor when you delay reward, […]

By Pat Nolan | Detection training
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Memories are strengthened via brainwaves produced during sleep, new study shows

Researchers use medical imaging to map areas involved in recalling learned information while we slumber Date:May 15, 2019 Source:Concordia UniversitySummary:New research brings us closer to understanding how learned information turns into reliable memories during sleep. For the full article click the link:

By Pat Nolan | Brain Research
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There are only two problems you can have in detection work:

1. the dog is not alerting on the target odor2. she is alerting on things other than target odor A rather simplistic view I know but let’s start to unpack how that could be and what we can do to avoid both problems from the start. This will be the first of several posts presenting […]

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Chatterbox parents may boost tots’ intelligence

Young children who are exposed to large amounts of adult speech tend to have better cognitive skills Date:April 30, 2019Source:University of YorkSummary:A major new study has identified a link between kids who hear high quantities of adult speech and better nonverbal abilities such as reasoning, numeracy and shape awareness. Read the full report: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190430105753.htm

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What makes memories stronger?

from Science Daily Researchers shed new light on how the brain solidifies important memories Date:April 29, 2019Source:VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)Summary:Scientists have found that highly demanding and rewarding experiences result in stronger memories. By studying navigation in rats, the researchers traced back the mechanism behind this selective memory enhancement to so-called replay processes in […]

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Same brain cells active during sleep and exploration in mice

From Science Daily Date:April 29, 2019Source:Society for NeuroscienceSummary:Researchers have mapped the activity of individual neurons deep in the brain during sleep and exploration of novel objects in male and female mice. The study suggests these cells may facilitate memory formation. full story:

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How the olfactory brain affects memory

This is from Science Daily Date:April 29, 2019Source:Ruhr-University BochumSummary: How sensory perception in the brain affects learning and memory processes is far from fully understood. Neuroscientists have discovered a new aspect of how the processing of odors impacts memory centers. They showed that the piriform cortex — a part of the olfactory brain — has […]

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Act now before the price increase

This Wednesday at 7 PM EST Connie and I are doing a webinar for our Digital Obedience Guide on E-collar training. Proven to produce engaged dogs, offering powerful winning performances in the field, the ring and on the street. The online Guide has written instructions with video illustrations. This short video is from one of […]

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Train your Brain, new research

Summary:Less than one hour of brain training with neurofeedback leads to a strengthening of neural connections and communication among brain areas. This is the main finding of a new study. According to the authors, the study may pave the way for the optimization and development of therapeutic approaches against stroke and Parkinson’s, for example. read […]

By Pat Nolan | Brain Research
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E-Collar Instructional Guide

The Online Instructional Guide is online and ready for sale. You can click on the link below and you will be re-directed to the store page. Once you purchase the guide you will have life time access to the guide and you will receive a link to register for the live webinar. After the webinar, […]

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Video shoot for Dogtra

I like the Dogtra Handsfree transmitters and had a good time shooting these promotionals

By Pat Nolan | Training Tips
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Directional Detection Canine

In my post Develop Off-leash detection skills from day one I show early training for off leash detection. Once the dog knows a basic level of detection and basic level of handling I combine the two. This video shows a dog working basic directionals and basic detection together

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E-collar Training Online Course and Webinar

Electric Collars – A Forthright Discussion It’s time for forthright discussion about the use and misuse of electric collars (e-collars).  The general public has accepted and embraced their use with underground fence systems, and pet owners are picking them up off the shelf to try to eliminate a variety of unwanted behaviors. The use of […]

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Dogs can smell Epileptic seizure

French scientists say they have proof that dogs can pick up the smell of an epileptic seizure. This article was published in the BBC Health section click this link to read the full text The University of Rennes team hope the findings could lead to ways to predict when people will have a seizure. These […]

By Pat Nolan | Brain Research
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Are we close to solving the puzzle of consciousness?

Giulio Tononi’s “integrated information theory” might solve neuroscience’s biggest puzzle By David Robson published in the BBC 27 March 2019 Can a lobster feel pain in the same way as you or I? We know that they have the same sensors – called nociceptors – that cause us to flinch or cry when we are […]

By Pat Nolan | Brain Research
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Trained musicians perform better — at paying attention

Attention ! Musical training improves the ability to tune out distractions, and the more training, the better the control, study finds Date:March 26, 2019Source:ElsevierSummary:Musical training produces lasting improvements to a cognitive mechanism that helps individuals be more attentive and less likely to be distracted by irrelevant stimuli while performing demanding tasks. Read more

By Pat Nolan | Brain Research
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Sound Sense

Researchers explore how the auditory system achieves accurate speech recognition Sound sense: Brain ‘listens’ for distinctive features in sounds Date:March 26, 2019Source:University of PittsburghSummary:For humans to achieve accurate speech recognition and communicate with one another, the auditory system must recognize distinct categories of sounds — such as words — from a continuous incoming stream of […]

By Pat Nolan | Brain Research
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Reinforcement Schedules

What are they? Why are they important to us as dog trainers? The information in this video is a bit incomplete. However, I am using this a starting point for a discussion. I will be working on this discussion in the next couple of posts.

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E-collar Obedience

Push Pull Training in Drive offers Clear Communication and Conflict-free dog training resulting in a powerful enthusiastic performance from a fully engaged training partner. This video shows a dog working under control with multiple rewards available that is perfectly willing to accept direction and work with me. There is no conflict, he is happy, fully […]

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Signed up but not receiving weekly updates?

I am sending out weekly updates on Tuesday mornings. If you have signed up and are not receiving them, check your spam folder. I think you can list the emails as “not spam” and they should go through.

By Pat Nolan | Uncategorized
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E-collar Training

A conversation on using the E-collar to push for desired behavior My wife (Connie Cleveland-Nolan) and I are working on an updated e-collar course. I will be posting about our program and progress here. The following is paraphrased from the obedience manual I offer for sale on Amazon. If you have questions or comments about […]

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Develop Off-leash detection skills from day one

In detection training as in many projects in life, it is important to begin with the end in sight. I want a detection dog that is self-motivated and is operating independently under direction. I want to be able to direct the dog to a distant objective to search. With these two goals in mind, I […]

By Pat Nolan | Detection training
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Detection Sport Training

I had a great time meeting and training with everyone this weekend in Marion, NY. Special thanks to Debra Zappia of ProFormance K9 for hosting the event and Tim Vaillancourt for all his help.

By Pat Nolan | Detection training
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Scent Tube Carousel Construction

This video shows the construction of the scent tube carousel. This water heater pan measures 26 inches inside diamiter. Stay tuned for upcoming training articles on imprinting with the carousel. A trained detection canine must be discriminate and selective. She must identify target odor and selectively respond only to target odors. She must rely on […]

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Scent Tube Construction

We just held a seminar on nose work at our kennel in Fountain Inn.We had a good turn out and a good time, I will post some pictures and videos clips. We had quite a few questions on how to build the scent tubes. I created the scent tubes in the plumbing aisle of our local […]

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Building Play Retrieve Drive

Building Play Retrieve Drive Whether you are raising a pup for hunting or competition, or you simply want to play Frisbee with the family dog, the play retrieve provides a fun outlet for exercise, is useful for rewarding the dog in training, and lays a foundation for advanced training. Almost all dogs have some natural […]

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Puppy Detection Video

This is an old video but shows a puppy that was started in my program.The puppy is ignoring distractions in the room and on the training rack, working to the source, and staying on odor. Not a polished final but a good start.

By Pat Nolan | Uncategorized
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Scent Work Workshop

Pat Nolan will be conducting a 1-day training seminar on Scent Work at Dog Trainers Workshop, 207 Greenpond Road-Fountain Inn, SC 29644. When: Saturday, February 9, 8:30am-4:30pm*******************************************************************We will cover;1. What it means to “imprint odor.” 2. Why you do it. 3. How to do it. 4. Increasing your dog’s search intensity. 5. Increasing the length […]

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