Indication behavior is one of the three main parts of dog’s detection training. The other two parts are search patterns training and scent conditioning procedures. All these parts are links in the same chain in dog’s detection training.
A Chain is As Strong As The Weakest Link
There are many training approaches in detection dog training regarding which part should be trained first. Some instructors train separately each behavior, and some others train two or all behaviors at the same time.
However, independently of the training approach, we all have noticed in a lot of cases during indication, some dogs have the tendency to manipulate the target hide before becoming “passive” and/or after a certain time while a dog “passively” indicates afterward bites target’s hide if not rewarded.
Would you try to search and indicate an accessible target?
The training approach which I support is to train each behavior separately starting with indication behavior after the detection dog has developed proper cooperation with the dog handler through obedience training.
The reason why I support this training approach is beacuse each part is better understandable for the detection dog and has a positive impact on the cooperation between the dog and the handler.
The phase of indication includes two stages during training. The first stage is the visual passive indication on an accessible KONG toy and the second is a passive indication on an accessible KONG piece regardless of the size. In any case, the detection dog is rewarded with the use of the clicker, and not by throwing the reward at the target hide.
Is passive indication not only just behavior but also a state of mind?