Actually, the exercise is not for just a single thing in the search area, necessarily, it’s just not a “combined” element with containers. 😉

The step stool works, a lamp pole, outside even a tree if you’re brave! 😉 A column to a building, a large sign, etc. It doesn’t have to be miles high but depending on the dog’s experience, something above their head. Be careful of something so out of reach that the dog has a difficult time detecting the presence of odor. Think about how that odor will move and watch the dog.

What you want to see is WHERE the dog notices odor and HOW they try to locate source. LOWER your criteria – do not wait for much of an indication – and pay for even a head lift with the dog who takes awhile to solve the problem. It’s not about fooling the dog. It’s educating the dog to look up and educating the handler to know what it looks like. 🙂

Kimberly Buchanan
Joyride K9 Dog Training