Susanne Howarth

OK… so I can understand that all of these details are critical when handling odor for trials, because we want everything to be pristine and super fair for all competitors. Similarly, when starting new dogs, I can see that precision is probably important so as not to confuse them. However, for our personal practice with our reasonably experienced dogs, is it OK to be a bit more lax? And if the answer is yes, then just how lax is acceptable? For instance, I’ve never used tweezers or rubber gloves to handle odor, and I fear that if I try to make myself more precise about some of these things, I’m likely to cut back on how much and how often we practice.