Kimberly Buchanan

Ok, there are a couple of things I’d like to explore; The first is Kalli’s willingness to go to odor w/o you. The second is moving her on from one to the next.

A NEW Interior environment isn’t necessary but you’ll need a large enough space to have several hides in a single area. The configuration of the hides isn’t so important as spacing and having them sourceable so you can pair them. Let’s say you’ll place 5-6 hides that are about 5-6 feet from each other with a starting point about that distance from the first hide.

If this is inside you can do this off-leash. If you need to do this outside, keep Kalli on-leash but with enough leash that you can smoothly pay out the line without tension.

Begin your search by cuing Kalli to search. YOU stay at the start line. Pay out the line if you have it but WAIT until Kalli lands on a hide and can self-reward before you move into her. Pat and praise her and ask her to find more. Stand in front of the hide if you need to. If she’s insistent, pick up the hide but try not to do that. You will STAY there until Kalli gets to another hide and repeat.

Basically you’re going to the hide because Kalli went there so she’s drawing you in. AND she doesn’t need you to get paid. Continue until she’s found all the hides. Let’s see if she starts to get the game! 🙂

Kimberly Buchanan
Joyride K9 Dog Training