Final Responses: The Full Stop on Sourcing

Final Responses: The Full Stop on Sourcing

What truly IS a Final Response? A Final Response is an intentional behavior given to communicate to the handler that the dog believes that criteria has been met so that the handler will produce a reward. That’s all it is… Final Responses are fraught with...
What about those Warm-up Boxes?

What about those Warm-up Boxes?

If you are newer to competing in Nosework or Scent Work, you will certainly come across those cardboard boxes set aside for your use prior to your search. Have you ever wondered about whether or not it makes sense to use them or HOW you should (or should not) be using...
The Importance of Observation before Suggestion

The Importance of Observation before Suggestion

One of the most challenging phases that a handler goes through is the transition from always following the dog to having to clear areas more logically or thoughtfully. The phase ends up feeling a little “awkward” and the handler has a hard time trying to...
Using Memory to Condition Thresholds

Using Memory to Condition Thresholds

Thresholds are often the nemesis of many a Nosework team! Will your dog actively search the area near the start line BEFORE moving deeper into the area? This may not be as critical at the lower levels but it becomes enormously important as the search areas increase in...