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Kathryn Dobyns

Terry –

That time sounds perfectly fine to me – sometimes it can be discouraging when you practice with a speedy and very experienced dog like Baxter! I think occasionally working self-reward open boxes can be very motivating to the dog. Maybe start your next practice session with a straight line of open boxes with two or three self-reward odor boxes for a warm up?

Then close the boxes and set up a pattern or two and reward fast – don’t wait for an “alert”, just reward when his nose hits the odor box. Meet him at the hide! Then set up a different search and wait for more communication from Taku to reward.