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What IS a “Scent Cone”, really?

What IS a “Scent Cone”, really?

One of the greatest travesties I think in nose work is the term "scent cone".  Why?  Because it's not a "cone" at all!  It's a PLUME!  As a result of this unfortunate visual, nosework handlers all over the world picture an ice cream cone or a traffic cone when trying...

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Want Change? Make Change!

Want Change? Make Change!

Sometimes in the sport of Scent Work (Nosework), we go to a trial and it's not perfect. Perhaps the trial lasts a few hours longer than expected. What is your response? What do you DO? I'm an AKC Contractor. As a part of my responsibilities I act as an AKC...

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Blocking and Acquisition of New Odors

Blocking and Acquisition of New Odors

Every so often I hear handlers say, "My dog doesn't like Anise".  As a trainer and a (former) scientist, this sounds odd.  However, I think there's a rather looming potential cause to this phenomenon.  It's called "Blocking" (Kamin, 1968).  Blocking, with respect to...

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