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...
The Incredible Sourcing Secret: 3D Searches

The Incredible Sourcing Secret: 3D Searches

Perfect Sourcing is a goal of every Nosework handler, yet I find in talking to people that the understanding of what sourcing is and how to really achieve excellence isn’t well known. All too often people confuse “precision” with pin-pointing and they focus all of...
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...