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Don't Take Me Personally: Tips for Handler Proofing Webinar

Handler proofing is about you and your dog learning how to sift through all the intricacies that are involved in a Scent Work search conversation between your dog and yourself. It is about helping your dog to be able to differentiate between what you meant to say and the inconsequential or unhelpful things you may say by accident.

Judith Guthrie

Judith Guthrie


Do you ever feel like you are just one step too far behind your dog? As if you any small mistake you make causes the whole search to get thrown off? That you cannot do anything because then you will distract your dog? But by doing nothing, you are not being the partner you should be?! Do you feel as if you cannot get this all right?!

Handler proofing is not a way to excuse away bad handling, thus you are will still need to strive to be the best partner you can be. However, handler proofing can help clear up confusion and solidify your hierarchy of behavior. It supports your dog in being able to develop true independent and intelligent disobedience, thus making the entire conversation during your Scent Work searches more successful.

In this webinar, we will talk about what handler proofing is, when to use it, when you might not want to use it, and discuss some strategies for how to start teaching this vital skill.


This webinar has been approved for 2 NACSW CEUs.




Do you feel as though your dog gets distracted by you during a search? In this webinar, you will learn how to impliment handler proofing to help clear up the conversation between yourself and your dog during your searches.

Are you competing in Scent Work? Having clear and effective communication between handler and dog is essential, especially as you go up the levels. Avoid muddying the picture with inadvertent "static" by using handler proofing to promote crystal clear communcation and understanding!

Are you a Scent Work instructor? Garner some ideas on how you can introduce handler proofing exercises into your curriculum.

Don't Take Me Personally: Tips for Handler Proofing Webinar
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Judith Guthrie


Judith Guthrie

Scent Work Instructor

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A professional detection dog trainer, handler who is also an approved Scent Work trial official with AKC Scent Work and USCSS, Judith brings the breadth of knowledge an perspective sought after by many Scent Work handler teams.

Judith Guthrie


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