I LOVE this story! Thank you for sharing! I think there are great benefits to going back to pairing for some dogs and this is one really nice example.

I think what you want to look for is the end result; If the dog starts ignoring the odor and begins to scour the ground for food, something just didn’t register that it is odor+food that is important. There are dogs that will do that but I really don’t think it’s as prevalent as some make it out to be. Usually the dogs start to build confidence after they’ve gotten into a slump of difficult hides and challenges.

Would be interested to hear other stories and thoughts about pairing, as well! 🙂

Kimberly Buchanan
Joyride K9 Dog Training