Kimberly Buchanan

    BUT, I bet the body language was much different with the food! 🙂

    Marking a find is something a lot of people do. Come on purpose, some just an accidental reflex. I’ve caught myself doing it. But it is one place I see a major breakdown in communication because it is an impossible task to be consistent in timing and you will NOT do it when the hide is blind. So you have to consider it from the dog’s perspective. If it’s telling the dog they’re correct, find a different way that allows for some grace of time, like just going in to pay the dog, “Good Girl!” and does not rely on perfect timing. (A “YES” marker is like a clicker if the dog is conditioned to it that way, plus what are you marking?) I’ve seen really good search dogs lose their minds and confidence with blind hides because of this.

    Kimberly Buchanan
    Joyride K9 Dog Training