Kimberly Buchanan

It takes practice! The start line sets up the rest of the search so it’s a very important part of any exercise. I do the same thing in agility, BTW! I can get lost way too easily. 😉

Keep in mind, by asking the dog if they’re “ready” you’re putting the focus back on you, so I would encourage you to do that silently. 🙂

Also, I would definitely start working with the leash indoors with Paxton. I think if you work the threshold exercises it might help him to focus. You don’t need to hold him long. I let my dogs release themselves but they MUST be quiet and still. I watch for them to be attentive and then they know they can release themselves. Sounds like you’re doing that for the most part and that’s good!

Kimberly Buchanan
Joyride K9 Dog Training