Why Foundations SHOULD be Sexy

Why Foundations SHOULD be Sexy

I love this saying… (paraphrased) Beginner handlers want to train advanced things.Advanced handlers want to train expert things.Expert handlers want to train foundations. There really is nothing wrong with these sentiments. They are judgement free. Of COURSE...
Don’t Build a Meerkat (er…  I mean Prairie Dog)

Don’t Build a Meerkat (er… I mean Prairie Dog)

There is more to training elevated hides than putting a hide out and rewarding your dog when he finds it. Probably the most influential aspect of training this skill is TIMING. When you mark and/or reinforce your dog sculpts his searching behavior in the future....
How you Introduce Multiple Hides MATTERS!

How you Introduce Multiple Hides MATTERS!

Are you building GOOD HABITS or BAD HABITS? Too many folks believe that 1 plus 1 equals 2. Not so! We want to build a search dog that follows the behavior chain: Encounter Odor, Source Odor, Encounter Odor, Source Odor, and so on… but depending on HOW you...
Blank Area Training: The Key to Clearing Spaces

Blank Area Training: The Key to Clearing Spaces

When I started in this sport I thought of blank areas as demotivational for the dog. I hated the idea of training blank areas and felt that I was “setting my dog up”. In retrospect, I think my position on Blank Areas was more because I had a “finding...