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Scentsabilities Podcast


Musings on “Trust Your Dog”

Published June 14, 2021 by Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.

This isn’t really a Podcast…  it’s a recording of my musings on the phrase “Trust Your Dog”….  the file is unedited and unrehearsed.

Sourcing Odor with Stacy Barnett: A Podcast hosted by K9 Conservationists

What is sourcing?

  • Dogs driving to the highest concentration of odor
  • It isn’t ONLY the moment of the dog finding target, it’s the entire components of the dog’s drive as they search for the scent

Overview of the components of a search

  • A large component is your dog not being in odor all of the time
  • The dog has to seek out the odor, driving to the source, getting to the source, and alerting to the source

What does sourcing LOOK like in our dogs?

  • Look for the “aha” moment
  • Look for an emotional shift
  • If they understand the game, they will get excited 

How to handle our dogs to help them (without creating MORE problems)

  • Reinforce the “aha” moment and put emphasis on driving to the source. After that, you can start adding the final response/the alert 
  • It’s more important to focus on the sourcing, rather than the final response, because once you learn to read your dog’s sourcing body language, you won’t necessarily need a final response
  • Allow your dog to work independently, don’t help too much 
  • Try to teach your dog to not pay attention to your behavior and focus on sourcing
  • Consider what you’re doing with your body pressure
  • Be mindful of human precision vs dog precision
  • Don’t underestimate your dog

 Exercises for building a dog’s ability to source/drive to odor

  • Set your exercises up for success
  • Thermal puzzles
  • 3-dimensional searches 

Find K9 Conservationists at: https://k9conservationists.org/

Developing Confidence in the Nosework Dog

Why, Stacy’s Mini Aussie, went from not being able to search 3 boxes in his front yard to earning Overall Pronounced at his NW2. His transformation is nothing short of amazing, and it’s entirely possible to replicate. In this Podcast, Stacy Barnett will talk about how to instill Confidence in the Nosework dog through careful training and trialing strategies.