Term Paper on Dogs

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Research Paper on Dogs
There are two types of dogs on the planet, working dogs and worthless dogs. If you are a pet lover I should now have your attention. Yes, I know if you have a dog that is just a pet they can supply needed love or companionship but there is a class of dogs out there that can do this while earning their keep, working dogs. There are many uses for working dogs such as hunting, herding, guarding, rescue work, police work, and more. The two types of working dogs I wish to share some information about is Police Patrol Dogs and Police Detector Dogs.

In the high technology world we live in today you would think there would be some machine, computer, robot or other piece of equipment made to do anything that needs to be
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The pain avoidance comes into play when the dog makes a mistake he gets a verbal correction, a choke chain snapping his neck or both. All patrol dogs are on a fixed ratio reward schedule. This means every time the dog does something right he gets praised or he gets a bite. On the other hand every time he does something wrong he gets a correction verbal or physical.

In contrast food or prey kill is most often used as the primary reward in detector work. As long as the dogs’ needs are met food can be a very good motivator. If a dog needs twenty ounces of food a day but I only give him ten ounces at meals I then have ten to work with while searching for substances. Prey kill is also widely used in detector work, unlike patrol training, the need is met by allowing the dog to bite a ball, kong, squeaky toy or pull wraps. Avoidance training is the same in both patrol and detector training. Detector dogs unlike patrol dogs are usually not on a fixed ratio reward schedule. Most drug dogs are on a variable ratio or a fixed time schedule. This means after an unset number of finds the dog receives his reward or after a set amount of time he receives his reward while working. Explosive dogs are usually on a variable ratio and variable time schedule. This allows the handler to decide when the dog needs a reward but saves time during an explosive search.

The actual duties of the patrol dog are very wide in scope. The main categories are tracking, scouting, searching
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