Royal Gorge Trainers’ Puppies Have an Eye for Your Eyes
It has been nearly a decade since the Royal Gorge trainers were the first breeders to train the most aggressive dog.
Now, they are working with a group of breeders and trainers to develop a puppy-training program for their two dogs, who have been specially trained to seek out a human when in a dangerous situation.
The dogs, called the royal gorge trainers, have been trained to detect the human scent in the presence of other dogs, a technique known as ‘hot-dogging’.
The handlers have also developed a new method of training the dogs to sniff out humans, a ‘pink-and-yellow’ test.
The Royal Gorge breeders say they are trying to make a difference in their community.
“We are trying not to make it more dangerous for dogs to be around other dogs,” said Claire, who runs the training program for the royal gorges.
“They can be trained to do things like, ‘Oh, I’m here, but I can’t smell that dog because I’m in the crowd’.”
When the dogs are trained, they will be taught that they are not just there to sniff the dog.
“In the wild, they have to go to their natural prey.
But in this situation, they can be part of the food chain and can smell human scent.
It gives them a natural sense of safety.”
The dogs were trained with a specially-designed device called the “Panther”, which consists of a screen, two cameras, a microphone and a computer that can determine if the dog is sniffing.
The screen is designed to be placed anywhere on the dog’s body.
Claire said the device would be placed on the canine’s neck or waist, rather than on its head.
Clients who sign up for the Royal Gorges training program will be sent a plexiglass container containing a scent.
Once trained, the handlers will then take their puppies on walks and work with them on the scent training process.
“The handlers are really focused on teaching the dogs how to work together in the wild and then the dogs will go out to the countryside and they will learn to detect a scent on a bush or a leaf or a flower or a person,” Claire said.
“When they come back to the breeding facility, they train the dogs on that scent.
And then when they return to the wild they learn how to recognise that scent and they can then apply that to their own dog.”
The Royal Gorge breeders said they had previously trained a dog called an English bulldog, but it had been a bit difficult to teach them to work in the same way.
“One thing we wanted to change was that it was easier for the dogs, because the English bull dog has a very strong scent and it’s easy to train them to recognise the scent of the human, so they didn’t have to do the whole exercise over again,” Claire explained.
“It was also something that we didn’t want to do because it is not the same for all dogs.
They don’t have the same instinct.”
They don’t know the same thing that we do.
We wanted to help them in some ways to be able to learn and grow, because there’s a lot of information about them out there and they have a lot to learn.
“The breeders have also trained dogs that are very territorial, with one dog even refusing to eat a treat after being told to.
Clary said the Royal gorgers were so aggressive when they were young that the trainers had to keep their dogs inside their homes, although the dogs were given treats in the mornings.”
I think that they’ve had to be really careful about keeping the dogs inside because if they’re not, then they will get away,” Claire added.”
There was a lot about them, but there’s also so much more about us, about us as people.
“But, they’ve got that instinctive instinct, that they don’t want anything from anybody, that if you’re around them they will attack you, and they are very sensitive to people.
We’re not doing that on purpose.”
Claire is one of many breeders working to change the way we think about dogs and how they behave.
“People have always talked about the idea of ‘dog culture’, but that is a really misnomer because it’s just about people,” Claire told Al Jazeera.
So when we start thinking about ‘dog’, it is usually about the dog as a thing that’s going to kill you.””
The problem with ‘dog’ culture is that it’s very much about the behaviour of dogs, which is something that is very much based on a particular set of cultural expectations.”
So when we start thinking about ‘dog’, it is usually about the dog as a thing that’s going to kill you.
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