Here, K-9 Angus is searching a bedroom for live bed bugs and/or viable eggs. The homeowner is taking the video. She called us after finding out a friend of hers who slept there had bed bugs. She was hoping for a different result. Live bed bugs were located by K-9 Angus and his indication was confirmed. K-9 Angus is displaying the perfect indication: The find, sitting, obedience to odor, the sniff and loud exhale at the end.
This video is a training video and was taken just before Angus' first certification in November, 2016. His alert surprised us as the hide is a very difficult one. We expected it would take him longer than it did to make the find. The hide is located behind the large blue container, under the carpet laid out on the table. He passively alerts by laying down on the table.
This video is another training video which demonstrates a principle called "obedience to odor". Angus has to search for and find the hidden vial containing 2 live bed bugs and passively alert by sitting or laying down. He must then get as close as possible to the source of the odor and stay in the indication until he is released.
At this stage of her training, Kota is a week short of 7 months old. She is beginning to recognize the odor of live bed bugs and/or their viable eggs. In this video, Kota is to locate the box which contains a vial of live bed bugs, then indicate by laying down (the box is at floor level), then stay in that position until she is released. She must accomplish this with the mild distraction of a television in the background.
Here, Kota is building on her odor recognition skills, as well as her indication. The correct indication is for her to sit down, as the box is located above her nose level. The more challenging issue for her is K-9 Angus providing a major distraction. Will she stay focused? Will she stay in position until she is released?
Until now, Kota has been searching for live bed bugs strictly within wooden odor boxes. This is her very first time searching for live bed bugs within cardboard. Over time, she will learn to search any type of object or place live bed bugs can hide. This is also the first time Kota figures out, on her own, what is expected of her. She does a great job in the end!