Nosework & Search Training

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You may ask “What is the difference between Pawfection scent training and nose work and other companies offering the same service?”

The answer is 25 years Police experience searching for people, drugs, explosives and dead bodies; Supervision of the largest dedicated bomb dog unit in the world carrying out over 100,000 live searches for bombs a year, qualification as a counter Terrorist search specialist and REAL K9 search experience where failure would mean lives would be lost.

We teach you and your dog to search while others let you pay to play treasure hunt kid’s games.

The dog’s olfactory system, or ability to smell is their primary sense.

With 220 million scent receptors in their nose compared with only 5 million in ours they are able to locate and identify prey during hunting through ground scent tracking and air scent scanning.

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Harnessing the dog’s natural ability we are able to train them to detect programmed scents to assist in the discovery of explosives, narcotics, humans, termites, truffles, in fact anything we like using an association and reward system of training.

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Darryl Payne with bomb detection dog “Perseus Thomas”

The need to “work” in many breeds designed to have a “job” leads to boredom and destructive or general misbehavior when their energy has no channel or outlet. Providing this mental and nasal stimulation significantly reduces unwanted pet behavior in the home.

20 minutes of nasal work is equal to 2 HOURS WALKING in terms of energy expenditure so this activity is perfect for those 100 degree days when it is too hot to walk too far or for too long or if you are time poor one day and need to channel some of that energy!

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There are dog training schools who offer scent courses here in Central Florida but upon examination the majority have very little knowledge of the science behind the discipline and absolutely no experience of handling a search dog in a professional capacity. Searching with a dog is not just a fun game, it is a science and has to be set up and performed correctly. The ability to read your dog and discover the otherwise undiscoverable, the chance to work in partnership with them in their world is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.

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Pawfection Dog Training’s Owner, Darryl Payne is uniquely qualified to teach you and your dog to search. His experience is unmatched in Central Florida having been both an operational k9 handler and supervisor of Patrol, Narcotics detection, explosives detection, Cadaver, and SWAT support dogs in London.

Darryl’s k9 bomb detection unit was the largest dedicated unit of its kind in the world carrying out over 100,000 live searches in London a year and Darryl was responsible for the efficiency, welfare, deployment and training needs of the dog teams as well as performing the role of an operational explo k9 handler. With the safety of the British Royal family, visiting heads of state and the general public at stake the bomb detection dogs had to be operating at 110% with no room for error.

Darryl now brings this expertise, professionalism and skill to you in the Pawfection Dog Training Air scent search training courses.

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Classrooms, a Gymnasium and a church are just 3 of the locations that will provide many challenges

for even the most talented and accomplished dogs!

Phase 1 courses focus on teaching the basics of search and searching for a favorite toy

Phase 2 courses build upon skills learned on Phase 1 and the searches increase in difficulty

Phase 3 courses introduce a chosen specific scent and bring searching to a high standard

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Phase 4 courses lead to Firearms detection in schools and Turtle nest detection working with local Turtle protection groups

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Search courses are open to any dog who fulfills the following criteria

  1. Not human or dog aggressive
  2. High toy or food drive
  3. In good health
  4. For phases 2, 3 and 4 successful completion of previous phase required to progress.

Courses are held on WEDNESDAY eveningsĀ  6-7.30pm (Advanced) 7.30pm – 9pm (beginner)

Courses are $150 per 4 weeks

Duration to qualification and accreditation depends on individual dog teams.

 

 

 

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