Kimberly Buchanan

    For time you could do the exercise where you “guess” what your time is and then see how close you are. Repeat this many times. Or maybe call out every 30 seconds and see how close you are?

    Locating hides – call out the number and hide location with each found.

    Pattern an area – quadrants, perimeter, etc. – and only search it once, essentially “clearing” an area before moving on. What I’ve found is people are so locked into following where the dog wants to go that they don’t take into account the possible challenges that their dog may not have the experience to sort out. So they let the dog bounce around until all hides are found – or not. Yes, surely, it can work, but not always in the time frame you need and really not so efficiently when you get lost and don’t know if you’ve covered an area or not. When you have a fast dog it’s hard to keep track. When you have a slower, more methodical dog you don’t have the time to let them do that. So either way you have to feel confident that you’ve covered everything and your dog has had access to everything and that they were really searching the entire time.

    LOTS to consider with all of these things! 🙂

    Kimberly Buchanan
    Joyride K9 Dog Training