Here is the very first step in training an anaphylactic allergy alert dog. The dog learns a that the scent is a new cue to trigger the alert behavior (of bow). Could also be used for scent detection for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. This is trained with Back chaining.
To save money in training, the handler can train their own dog with one safe smell or food etc, then generalize the dog to to other safe ones before having a clicker trainer train the exact same process on the anaphylactic triggers at an off-site location. They key is consistency between trainers’ approaches. Don’t forget the need to generalize each scent to all the different environments where the handler will be needing the dog: public meeting areas, work or school, restaurants and the like.
Do take care in choosing scents for training as some may be common in your environments and the dog will then give an alert when one is not really needed (as in my black tea example). The only place I run into tea is in the house so this is a perfect scent for me to train Lucy. If she does happen to alert to it in public (say someone has left a cup of tea on the ground in a cup), I’ll honor the alert, reward my dog and move out of alert range.
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