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Canine Detection Guidance Notes

CPNI is working with partners including the Home Office, Department for Transport and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to develop a suite of evidence-based guidance notes detailing good practices underpinning delivery of effective detection dog capability. These are primarily intended for detection dog handlers and trainers, but should also prove useful to security managers looking to commission effective detection dog capability.

Wherever possible, the notes have been written so as to be applicable across any detection dog discipline (explosives, firearms, etc) and application (searching / screening buildings, areas, vehicles, deliveries or people).

The list of topics will be expanded over time – please check back here periodically for the latest additions. If you wish to provide feedback on any of these guidance notes or suggestions for future topics, please contact DSTL.

In addition to the technical guidance notes shown in the table below CPNI has produced some guidance that outlines the key points to consider when specifying, procuring and implementing detection dog services. This is intended to aid organisations looking to use private sector detection dog services, helping them understand the capability offered by their chosen provider and ensure it addresses their operational requirements.

 

 

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What is the note about?

Who is the note for?

Canine Odour Discrimination Test (PUB89074)

This note outlines the procedure used to conduct an odour discrimination test to confirm acceptable odour recognition by detection dogs. The test aims to identify whether a dog is able to reliably identify trained (target) odours and discriminate against untrained odours.

Personnel responsible for training and testing detection dog capability.

Canine Odour Discrimination Test Setup Tool - User instructions (PUB89154)

This note should be read in conjunction with the Canine Odour Discrimination Test guidance note above This note provides guidance on the use of the Canine Odour Discrimination Test Setup Tool. This tool is a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet which should be used to generate running orders for both training and testing days when the Canine Odour Discrimination Test is used.

Personnel responsible for training and testing detection dog capability.

Canine Odour Discrimination Test Setup Tool         (Zip file)

Software tool for generating  running order sheets for Odour Discrimination Tests

Personnel responsible for training and testing detection dog capability.

Why and how to control contamination (PUB89664)

This note provides guidance on controlling contamination by appropriate handling and storage of Training Samples (TSs).

All dog handlers or instructors training and deploying detection dogs.

Why you should train and test detection dogs ‘double-blind’ (PUB104178)

This note provides advice about how to ensure that the detection dog is not responding to unintentional cues by training and/or testing using the double-blind technique.

Personnel responsible for training and testing detection dog capability.

Are your training samples giving you the capability you expect? (PUB104179)

This note provides key advice on how to ensure that training samples (odour samples used for training and/or assessment of detection dogs) are fit-for-purpose and actually facilitate the intended operational capability.

• Anyone choosing training samples for the training and/or assessment of detection dogs.

• Anyone commissioning detection dog services.

• All detection dog trainers and assessors.

How to train your dog to generalise across varying types and sizes of targets (PUB89074)

This note provides guidance on how to train a dog to “generalise” to detect targets that are similar to, but not exactly the same as, their training samples.

Personnel responsible for training and testing detection dog capability.