In the beginning, Darcie looks like she’s tracking either you, your husband or another dog who frequented the area. She got caught in something that looked like critter smell (dog pee?) a couple of times and then started working.

At (2:25) it looks like she’s multi-tasking, following odor but also reading pee-mail. She gets stuck a bit (15+ seconds) but then finds odor.

Then she gets to the hide on the tree trunk. You could have paid her at any point, starting about (3:08). At that point she’s gone up the trunk 3x and is looking to you. Picture a very light fabric draping around that tree trunk as the wind blows and takes that fabric around to the other side. Darcie was picking up odor strongly on the other side and she’s not wrong. We get it in our heads an expectation of where the dogs should notice odor, indicate odor, get paid at odor. But the dogs will ultimately tell us where they’re detecting it the strongest. You say she didn’t “alert” but I saw body cues several times to say that she’s “treed” the hide and should be paid. (So hubby was right. 🙂 )

As for the mower creating an issue, surely that can happen, tho’ the grass is so dry it’s probably not as much of a challenge as when it’s moist and damp. I’m still thinking she’s tracking someone or some thing.

Kimberly Buchanan
Joyride K9 Dog Training