Kimberly Buchanan

    Good job! Did you notice that Mollly noticed the odor box around the (:15) second mark? Interesting she checked out all the boxes around it before heading that direction.

    It looks like she did a nice thorough investigation of the boxes. She was interested in the distractors but didn’t try to sell you on them, just checked them out and then got rewarded on odor. 🙂

    Just a couple of comments;

    You might try a shorter leash. It seems you spend a lot of time with too much leash in your hand and either letting the leash drag or holding it up uncomfortably. If Molly was a zippy dog you might need more leash but try 1/3 to half that length and see how it works for you.

    Also – try to refrain from marking “yes” with the odor finds. Why? Because (a) what are you marking, a nose touch or finding odor and do you know the exact moment when Molly detected scent? Also, when you don’t know where the hides are you won’t be marking the finds the same way. OFTEN, dogs will be confused by this and won’t stay at source. Handler then starts to distrust the dog and it can become a vicious cycle. Just something to think about! 🙂

    Kimberly Buchanan
    Joyride K9 Dog Training