It seems so simple; just find the hot container. Not so fast! Containers present multiple challenges for teams.
- Are you working multiple hides but finding it hard to re-engage the dog in the search after the first find?
- Are you getting fringe alerts (alerts close to the hot container, but not on the hot container)?
- Is your dog struggling to hold their alert on the hot box, moving on if you don’t reward right away?
- Do you struggle with you dog still alerting on distractions?
This is the workshop for you! We will work on giving our dog confidence in container searches leading them to work quickly but accurately during a search. We will have fun teaching our dogs to knock those container searches out of the ball park!
Nose work is a team effort, you and the dog working together toward a find. When working your dog you want to assist the search where needed and also be careful not to interfere with the search, distracting or inhibiting the dog. In this seminar we will be identifying:
- Start line routines that assist the dog to focus on the search.
- How to read that your dog is ready to begin a search.
- Learning to read when your dog is searching for odor or has switched to searching/locating an environmental distraction.
- What to do when your dog has stopped actively working during a search and is basically “out for a walk with you”.
- Recognizing when a dog needs to be directed to search and when the handler needs to step back and out of the way of the dogs search.
- How to tell when your dog has searched an area and located all available hides.
A handler that can assist a dog when it needs it, back off and let the dog work when needed and responds to their dog’s body language makes for some beautiful searches. Analyzing dog behavior is one Margaret’s favorite things. Get ready to have some fun analyzing real life searches as they are happening!