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Kimberly Buchanan
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Hi guys – This is a typical situation that happens when the handler has traditionally given some sort of “cue” (marker word, body language, etc.) to tell the dog they are correct. When the dog expects this cue and it is not longer delivered the dog will start to question whether they are correct or not. Handler has always told them they are correct.

If you are experiencing a problem with this communication you need to examine your reward process. Videotape your searches. Handle as you would normally. Are there cues you’re giving and may not be aware of? Are you inconsistent in these cues?

How to fix it? Exactly as Terry is doing – just jump in and pay the dog quickly, do not wait for a response. That will come as the dog begins to build the EXPECTATION that you will always pay for them going to source. It seems backwards but remember, dogs are always adapting to us so it is USUALLY something we are doing and we may not even be aware of it.

Take a few steps back, make it simple, do not expect communication just pay for the act of going to source. Try to be EARLY and your timing will probably be correct. 😉

Hope that helps!

Kimberly Buchanan
Joyride K9 Dog Training