You and your dog come to training once a week for a couple of hours between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm at Play Your Way in Tucson, AZ. Private lessons and day training are also available.
The first 2 months training (8 week class) is to see if the dog has the interest, willingness and aptitude for the work, then another 4 months (2 more 8 week classes) to hone all the skills learned and really commit to the work.
For those who would like to fast track through the process, private lessons are available 2 to 3 times per week. There will be no board and train or day training of these dogs. You are a team with your dog, just like a Therapy Dog Team.
You the owner must be commited. Be sure that you are on board with this and can make your training class every week. There will be no exceptions other then severe illness or accident.
The compensation is that the dogs who are able to do it will proudly be part of a published scientific study. Dogs who have gone through the entire training program will be part of our studies and will earn a wage. These dogs will also be helping other dogs and cats along the way.
No prior scent detection training is required at all. The dog has to be high energy, VERY willing and motivated to work for food and able to handle a lot of repetition. If the dog is crate trained that is a definite plus, so that they can wait in a crate during breaks. The dog must know Leave It, and have enough self control that he can pay attention to the learning process and not the other dogs.
We will favour certain breeds and breed mixes.
We adhere to current hospital standards and good laboratory practice in handling of the biologicals. The biologicals are secured inside metal baskets when not in use and all care is given to the scent preparation process so that there is no contact with the dogs’ noses. The owners will be asked to sign a waiver saying that they understand any potential risk involved.