Errorless Learning in Canine Scent Detection

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Course Begins: At Purchase

Duration: 1 Hour

Instructor: Dr. Carla Simon MD, BSc, MBA

Course type: Webinar

When training dogs for scent detection, careful management of the environment and protocols make success easy. Dogs learn quickly with clarity and without pressure or sacrificing motivation. Repeated successes build great habits and common errors are avoided. This approach makes a difference in outcomes, and most importantly, motivation for sniffer dogs.


This webinar will help you:

  • Examine how errorless learning can be applied in scent detection
  • Incorporate errorless learning by adapting trial-and-error dog training
  • Reduce or prevent errors in your own training by exploring common errors in scent detection
  • Identify normal predatory behaviors and contrast them with the ideal performance in scent detection
  • Analyze when errorless learning is most helpful, relative to stages of learning
  • Assess how you would utilize errorless learning in your training and consultations


This webinar is intended for behavior consultants and dog trainers who are interested in the science of canine scent detection, errorless learning, or both. Other members of the public may find it informative, provided they already understand the basics of canine learning theory, clicker training, and effective animal training.

No materials needed for this course.

This is a self-study class that will begin upon payment.

Students will have access to the course for 1 year from the date of your most recent IAABC Foundation purchase.

It will be beneficial to understand the basics of canine learning theory, clicker training, and effective animal training.

Full Student:


Cost: $20




Cancellation Policy: We will refund 90% up to 30 days pre-event. A 50% refund will be available up to 15 days pre-event. After these deadlines, no refunds will be issued.

Instructor: Dr. Carla Simon MD, BSc, MBA

Dr. Carla Simon is a Scent Detection Trainer and owner of Hunter’s Heart Scent Detection. From bed bugs to birds, from narcotics to nosework, she has trained thousands of scent detection teams around the world. Carla is the Past President of Sniff Alberta and judges scent detection for CKC and K9 ABC Games. She is also a Certifying Official for UKC Nosework (the second largest kennel club in the world).


In 2019, Carla trained teams for truffle detection and mantrailing for Power Dog Training Centre in Italy. She has trained with the CNCA Law Enforcement Training Institute (USA), Penn Vet Working Dog Conference, NPMA Global Bed Bug Congress, Scandinavian Working Dog Institute, Dick Staal (Netherlands), Andrew Ramsey, Karen Kroyer, and John Rogerson (UK). She has also tracked with Calgary’s Schutzhund club.


Carla is a Contributing Editor for the American Brittany Magazine and has been featured in the Pointing Dog Journal, the IAABC Journal, Dogs in Canada, and Clean Run magazines. In 2021, she presented at the World Detector Dog Organization 2021 Conference to a sold-out crowd of more than 600 at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.