Building Distance in Scent Work
For any team to be successful in Scent Work, the dog must be given space to work so that they may get to source. In this course, we will cover a variety of exercises designed to improve your dog's confidence when searching. In doing so, your dog will gain confidence and further build their comfort in working away from you.
With the advent of game classes in Scent Work trials, teams are now tested on specific skill-sets, one of them being the dog's ability to work away from the handler in order to locate the hide. This is more difficult than it sounds! For many dogs, if a handler were to stop their forward momentum and allow the dog to cast out in front of them, these dogs would stop and return to the handler as if to say, "Hey, why aren't you coming with me?!" In this 6-week course, we will cover a variety of exercises which will simultaneously build your dog's confidence while searching and help improve their ability to work away from you. Doing so will also minimize you inadvertently cuing to your dog where the hide is, thus placing the responsibility solely on them to do the work. They will be so impressed with themselves that they CAN do this!
What You Will Need:
- your dog
- flat or martingale collar
- back-clip harness (optional)
- 6'-8' leash
- 10'-15' long line
- LOTS of high-value and smelly treats
- crate or area you can stage your dog in while setting up your searches
- minimum of 10 boxes of various sizes (good excuse to shop at Amazon!)
- minimum of 10 novel containers (Tupperware containers, purses, bag, etc.)
- earthquake putty or GlueDots
- Birch ("Sweet Birch" aka Betula Lenta)
- Anise ("Aniseed" aka Pimpinella Anisum)
- Clove ("Clove Bud" aka Eugenia Caryophylatta)
- minimum of 10 tins with holes
- Assessing a Dog's Baseline Confidence
- Go Get That Hide!
- Get the Dog Farther Away From You
- Avoid the Dog Cueing Off Of You
- When to Step In v. When to Push
- Test Your Progress