One of the most important skills for any Scent Work handler to hone is being able to read their dog. Every dog will develop their own personal "tell". In this course we will break down the common signs your dog is in odor, heading toward and finding the hide as opposed to what it looks like when they get distracted, are crittering or investigating "dog odor".
If there was a common request among Scent Work handlers it would be, "I want to know when my dog has found the hide!" In other words, they want to be positive of what their dog is telling them. Now, every dog is an individual and what one dog does may be entirely different to what another dog does. However, there are some blanket rules we can apply to build to a foundation of understanding of what our dog is "telling" us. We will do just that in this course. Additionally, we will discuss exercises you can do as a handler to find out those subtle cues your own personal dog gives, when they are in odor, heading to the hide, at source, distracted, crittering, in "dog odor" or about to mark!
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!)
- plastic lid container from a yogurt or similar container
- earthquake putty or GlueDots
- Noticing, Chasing and Finding Odor
- Cataloguing and Triangulating
- Crittering and Dog Odor
- Frustartion and Signs of Stress
- Overheating and Exhaustion
- Analyzing Search Videos
An intensive learning opportunity, where you will submit homework and videos for the instructor to review, ask questions in the forum and more!
Perfect intermediary option. Have full access to the course materials, ask questions in the forum, but no need to submit videos or homework.