Kimberly Buchanan

    The first half of your search was really nice! You were fast to reward and didn’t “direct” Scout where to go. But you are correct that you “gave in” and rewarded again when she insisted in staying at a particular spot. Sometimes you just need to have patience.

    Whether to stay at the hide or to move off of the hide will depend whether you think Scout is working FROM the current hide or if she’s just following you. Obviously it’s best if she does not follow or cue off of where you move or indicate. We didn’t see much of this in the first part of the search, even as you moved away, but as she kept going back to the same hides you seemed a bit more anxious to move and try to get her to locate other hides. Even a bit fidgety? What can happen is you both are mixing up the air currents so much it makes it harder for the air to settle and the dog to locate the edge of a scent cone.

    Whatever you do after rewarding, choose a place, stand still and let her figure it out. 🙂

    NOTE: It is not bad to move slightly to keep the dog searching but for THIS exercise and to work more independence we want Scout to decide on her own w/o your cues.

    NOTE 2: This DOES need to be balanced with the dog’s ability to draw you in to reward so as the pendulum swings, right now we want Scout to keep looking, not get paid at the same hide(s).

    Kimberly Buchanan
    Joyride K9 Dog Training