Kimberly Buchanan

A few things;

Yes, only aging the hides 10 minutes can make it harder since there hasn’t been a lot of time for the odor to expand and move. However, Kalli did a good job of working the hides and moving on to find another, for the most part! At one point she was quite far from you.

When you move to draw Kalli towards another part of the search area (3:39), you always want to keep an eye on her. You don’t have to look fully, just out of the corner of your eye. When you turn your back like that you lose contact and we want Kalli independent but you still want to be “in touch.” 🙂

Once you walked away, Kalli stopped searching and trotted to keep up with you. There are times when you want the dog to go to another part of the search area but just *be aware* what can happen. Once you stopped, Kalli immediately went to the last hide.

So happy to see this independent side of Kalli and you’ve worked hard to help her find success! 🙂

So I’d say the next step is to work a search like this with hides NOT paired. Keep it off-leash but it will mean that you’ll have to get in and pay quickly before Kalli leaves the hide but I suspect she’ll wait to be paid. Try not to “hover” but stand back like you have been in the last couple of searches. 🙂

Kimberly Buchanan
Joyride K9 Dog Training