Kimberly Buchanan

    Well, I would have to agree with you. On leash seems to keep Lily on task. Left off-leash she seems to work a little bit, go off and sniff other things a little bit. Easier for her to get distracted. Also, we can’t see if she’s working off-camera so since it seems to take awhile for her to come back into view, I’m making the assumption that she’s working “other” odors. ?

    Also, consider the hides are pretty close together so part of the issue could be the challenge of the search. If she’s not really adept at working 3 hides super close together that problem might just be too much to also try off-leash.

    I’m not saying you should work off-leash, but if you wanted to practice some skills that could be useful down the road (think Elite+) I would start with one or two hides further apart at first.

    Interesting to see! 🙂

    Kimberly Buchanan
    Joyride K9 Dog Training