Advancements in The Randy Hare Method of Detection Training - Detection 5


Advancements in The Randy Hare Detection Method- Detection 5 Streaming

Building on the incredible success of the original On Target- Training Substance Detector Dogs- Set that garnered 18 International Productions Awards is this follow-up series with veteran detection dog trainer, Randy Hare of Jackson, Mississippi.  Utilized by the highest levels of government including the DEA, FBI, Navy Seals, Army Rangers, Border Patrol, Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health as well as military and law enforcement agencies worldwide, Randy’s logical system has evolved tremendously.  Randy’s previous career as a law enforcement K9 handler engaged in highway interdiction shaped his desire for a comprehensive system that neutralized the errors in other systems while maximizing accuracy, reliability and credibility in a court of law.

This updated series details this new system; it’s many changes, improvements, advancements and contains more comprehensive explanation throughout. The main tenets of the system remain solidly rooted in self-learning through the construction and manipulation of environment, self reliance and the critical importance of what Randy originally termed and is widely referred to as “obedience to odor”, this fourth title in the series covers the foundation stages in training the substance detector dog.  Whether narcotics, explosives, biologicals or essential oils for civilian Nose Work, Randy’s incredibly versatile system can be used for any substance.  Because the Hare Method is a professional detection dog system, many of the intricacies lost in other systems abound here. A very strong emphasis is placed on the dog being completely reliant on his nose while completely ignoring visual and auditory distractions.

This fifth title with Randy further details the importance of “Matching Law” and the impact of each repetition in the detailed “Cycle of Training” in this updated system. The importance of drive state during training sessions utilizing the Yerkes-Dodson principle for optimal learning is emphasized as we detail the role of the trainer and the handler while utilizing game at source to produce a clean, drive induced release of the reward object while addressing dogs of different drive levels. Because the reward object isn’t the dog’s drive-goal, Randy’s methodology makes even more clear how cues prepare the dog for training sessions. The role the handler plays away from training through the use of a “short-ball” in approach to the training room clarifies the handler’s importance as one of the 3 pillars of training. A strong emphasis is placed on progression and distraction proofing on the dog’s agenda in increments that are incremental and measurable. The introduction and use of half-balls and short-balls is introduced to cement conditioning of game at source for the dog.

Through the use of “neutral boxes”, reward objects and the new box design, the dog learns quickly to trust his nose alone in the presence of distractions of multiple types. A strong emphasis is placed on game at source, it’s application, and how to fine tune obedience to odor through Pavlovian conditioning at the POD. Because the environment promotes learning, a great deal of time is spent detailing more advanced searches, or “puzzles” that prepare the dog for work away from the rack in anticipation of real world searches. The concept of “Expanding” the search rather than merely “Extending” it is discussed so that detection training is viewed from a more broad scope. “Working on the dog’s clock” is discussed as expanding the search is discussed.

The integration of new target substances is discussed and Randy details his ratio of introduction per session. The use of neutral boxes, concomitant and “novel” odors is discussed where searching and progression is concerned. Because the identification of target substance on the rack isn’t under a particular “final response”, the recognition of behavior in expectation of reward is discussed and the importance of conditioning an active response only in terms of “tenacity” and how to condition through the cycle of training. Randy introduces challenges in the form of “puzzles” that begin the process of moving away from the rack as a landmark in preparation of the use of the POD alone later for hides. Discussion of structuring the environment as a means of self-learning by the dog is emphasized. Because Randy avoids handler help at all costs during the search, a concrete example is given and discussed. The shell-game, delayed box placement and more advanced puzzles are demonstrated in preparation of more challenging searches. This video is ideal for anyone, even the most experienced detection trainers, that are looking for information to promote their knowledge and improve their dog own dog or dog’s they supervise the training of.

This title includes:

The Hare Method:

  • Learning in the Hare Method
  • Motivation and Reward
  • The Trainer
  • The Handler
  • Establishing Cues

The “Active” Response - Tenacity

  • Game & Positive Fight Drive
  • Dog Variation
  • Solidifying Obedience to Odor
  • The Rack

Training- Establishing a Cue to Search

  • Training- Recognizing Additional Target Substances
  • Training- Expanding the Search- The Rack- Barriers
  • Training- Expanding the Search- The Box Room- Box Placement


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