Kimberly Buchanan

YIPPIE!!! I got it back!! WHEW! Ok, please read below. 🙂


Hmmm… Angie is a mix of independence and dependence, I think.

Let’s break down the video and talk about it;

Beautiful threshold! Gets the grey bucket right away. And you don’t step into the space until she gets that hide so I think that helps her. Immediately after that she starts sniffing the floor, following *something?* Goes to the area where I *assume* there is the hide on the rack? But doesn’t figure it out yet, goes directly from there across the room to the bathroom, gets to the door frame and finds the hide on the bench/shelf next to the door. She looks at you a couple of times(I am guessing, expecting you to go and pay her again 🙂 ). She spends from (:22-:43) in that area, so over 20 seconds. That’s a lot of time for one hide that is solved quickly. She again starts sniffing the floor.

At this point it appears she is caught between the hide on the red stool and the bathroom hide. She chooses the red stool but it doesn’t look like she solved the problem? Instead starts sniffing the floor again. Do you think she is sniffing dog footsteps, food drop areas or something else?

Angie picks her head up and begins working again but still interested in the floor. She goes to the grey cart where I think the crate is, but cuts out the niches/corners. Of course you are videotaping on your phone but you are standing back observing from a distance. Do you think she would have checked those areas at that time if you were closer?

She leaves the cart area and heads to the chairs. I think she caught that scent from the grey cart? BUT, she doesn’t solve that problem. Instead, goes back to the cart. You step in a bit and she goes to the LH side of the cart, doesn’t solve the crate problem. Instead, cuts the niche (RH of the cart) and works the perimeter, passes the ladder and heads back to the red stools and looks at you. I think you tell her good girl? She leaves the stools (I still can’t tell if she’s gotten that hide yet?) and goes back to the cart area and goes UP on the cart. Leaves that and goes back to the red stools. (Every time she’s passing the hide on the ladder and I think the crate.)

This time Angie goes into the bathroom and I’m guessing gets that hide? She goes back to the bench/shelf and you pay her again. Not a bad choice and hopefully this will keep up her motivation. Angie heads to the fencing and then gets the hide on the folding chair. You move in and this seems to help her move along. She goes back to the far left of the search area and again goes high on the wall (?). I can’t tell what hide she’s getting here at (3:02)? She goes up a bit, goes into the niches and I can’t tell, does she get another hide at (3:30)? This is where I thought the crate was?

With you nearby, I think your body pressure is keeping her close to the wall so she then gets the ladder hide and this is the end of the video.


To me, it seems like she doesn’t know what to do with this much odor. She works independently but doesn’t have the skills yet to figure out what is happening so she spends a lot of time bouncing around between hides, occasionally solving them here and there but really not productive at all.

The first question I have is knowing this was a bit different handling for you because of the phone video, would you normally be as far back as this? Would you normally do a search like this off-leash or on-leash?

I have some ideas but I want to get your input first. 🙂

Kimberly Buchanan
Joyride K9 Dog Training