Building Speed in Scent Work
When dogs are competing at Scent Work trials, they are not only judged on whether they find the hide, but how quickly. Now, every dog has their own search style and no two dogs are the same. However, we are going to cover exercises designed to help your dog be as speedy as THEY can be. We will also discuss the importance of speed v. rushing.
It is important to note that every dog is an individual and no two dogs should be compared when it comes to hunting and search styles. A Malinois is not going to work the same way a Whippet does. However, every dog can improve upon their efficiency and speed in which they work. The key here is how effective they are. Rushing around a search area will only result in disturbing the odor. A dog who frantically zips around the search area may appear to onlookers as the speedier searcher, but this dog may actually need more time to find the hide than another dog who is more methodical and careful.
In this course, we will discuss a variety of exercises all handlers can try with their canine companions. Some will be designed to help focus the frantic ping-ponger. Others will help to build more enthusiasm and drive in the dog who has become pokey in their searching. All the exercises will focus on keeping the dog engaged, happy and loving the search!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
flat or martingale collar
back-clip harness (optional)
10'-15' long line
LOTS of high-value and smelly treats
crate or area you can stage your dog in while setting up your searches
minimum of 10 boxes of various sizes (good excuse to shop at Amazon!)
minimum of 10 novel containers (Tupperware containers, purses, bag, etc.)
earthquake putty or GlueDots
Birch ("Sweet Birch" aka Betula Lenta)
Anise ("Aniseed" aka Pimpinella Anisum)
Clove ("Clove Bud" aka Eugenia Caryophylatta)
minimum of 10 tins with holes
Ideally, your dog is familiar hunting for at least 1 target odor (Birch, Anise and/or Clove)
Improve Upon the Dog You Have
Focus v. Frantic
Find It Fast Game
Timing Your Search
Efficient v. Learning Moments
Test Your Progress
SHOULD YOU TAKE THIS COURSE?
Are you looking to improve your dog's overall efficiency and speed while they are searching? Then this course is exactly what you are looking for! However, we are NOT going to try turn your dog into something they are not. Rather, our goal is to allow them to develop into the best hunter THEY can be.
Dianna L. Santos
Owner and Lead Instructor
The President of Online Dog Training, Inc. and Cyber Scent Work, Inc., Dianna is the Owner and Lead Instructor for Scent Work University. She is passionate about Scent Work and loves the benefits it awards dogs and handlers alike.
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