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Passive Alerts: How, Why and

Possible Pitfalls Webinar

Do you wonder if a passive alert may help you read your dog better? Do you have a “destructiveness” problem you want to fix? Learn the pros and cons, the potential fallout, and how to train a passive alert if you deem it is a good fit for you and your dog.

Webinar Details

A trained alert is simply a behavior a dog is trained to do when they reach odor. Active/aggressive alerts are behaviors like barking and scratching, passive alerts are sitting, lying down, or the latest trend, freezing.

Many methods of Nose Work or Scent Work begin and prioritize the development of a clear and consistent alert behavior, while other methods allow a dog to choose whatever behavior comes naturally.

In this 90-minute webinar, we will discuss different methods of teaching the passive alert and whether or not it is right for you and your dog.

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Should You Take this Webinar?

  • If you are a trainer, competitor or handler or someone interested in logical arguments behind the whys and why nots, this webinar is for you. Also, anyone interested in a few different methods and the pro’s and con’s of each will find this webinar quite helpful and informative.

Webinar Outline

  • What is a passive alert?
  • How to teach a passive alert
  • Does your dog ALREADY have an alert and you do not even know it?!
  • Freeze behavior: just the latest fad or more?
  • Do passive alerts fit into all training approaches?

Meet The Speaker:

Michael McManus

Michael McManus

Scent Work Program Instructor

Michael's Credentials




NACSW Certifying Official

K9 Nose Work® Camp Instructor


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