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Hide Placement for Trial

Whenever an official sets a hide at a trial, it should be a thoughtful and well-planned process in an attempt to pose a particular odor puzzle to each dog and handler team. A course geared toward all trial officials, especially those with United States Canine Scent Sports, you will learn how to ensure each hide is successful at your next trial!

Course Details

Trial officials should not simply be saying, "Look, a flat surface to stick my tin, yay!". Rather, officials should evaluate how the various considerations will affect their hide placement. These include, but are not limited to, weather, air flow, environmental considerations, the number of hides to be placed and the level of the trial. We will cover each of these in this course as well as pitfalls for officials to avoid and tips to ensure their trials are successful. Competitors will also find this course incredibly helpful in outlining how they should set-up hides in their own practice sessions, and what to consider the next time they walk up to the start line.

CEUS for Officials:

Auditors: 3 CEUs with United States Canine Scent Sports

Watchers: 1 CEUs with United States Canine Scent Sports

Course Outline

  • Philosophy of "More=Less" Explained
  • Climate Considerations
  • Environmental Considerations
  • Placement Tips
  • Correct Alert Parameters
  • Problem Solving and Pitfalls to Avoid

Meet Michelle Doram

Michelle Doram

Scent Work Instructor


USCSS Judge and CSD

Elite Competitor

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Auditor Enrollment

Perfect intermediary

Full access to all course materials

Full access to general forum

May view homework forum

May ask instructor questions


Watcher Enrollment

Self-taught option

Full access to all course materials

May view general forum

May view homework forum

May not post or ask questions


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