Development of a canine training system

Develop a piece of equipment to aid in scent detection training for use with canines. The device helps shape trained final response without having direct human involvement. The current systems involve a lot of human interaction which can cue the dog impairing training.

Project Mentor

Dr. Joan Brehm (Sargent of K9 team for Emergency Management Agency and Professor of Sociology)

Competencies needed by faculty and students involved

  • Engineering
  • Research and Communication Skills
  • Knowledge of the psychological concepts of learning in canines such as shaping
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Willingness to work with dogs and their handlers

Final Deliverable

A portable remote-controlled device that can deliver a treat of toy to a dog.