Kimberly Buchanan

    Ok! Mr. Hunter is going to work some AGED HIDES in your basement! 😉

    What I’d like to do is have many containers – open box/container – spread throughout the large-ish search area of your basement. You’re going to PAIR each hide so he can self-reward. Place containers in strategic locations where you think he might miss something (corners, niches, etc.) as well as a few in the middle. Let this set for several hours so the entire area is full of odor. Hunter will need to work this “big odor” in order to find his rewards. (You can place the rewards just before searching so those stay fresh and the cat doesn’t eat them. 😉 )

    This will be an off-leash search and you can stay back as if he’s on a 10-foot line since he will be able to self-reward. Once he finds a hide, go in and pat/praise if needed to keep him hunting for more. If Hunter goes back to one he’s gotten already you’re NOT going to pay. Praise off, ask him to find more. Work until he gets ALL of the paired hides. IF he keeps going back to the same ones you can pick those up but I’d try to not pick them up so he has to work thru it.

    Let’s see how he works the problem; How fast he finds all of them, whether he repeats hides, which ones he gets first/last, etc.

    Kimberly Buchanan
    Joyride K9 Dog Training