Kimberly Buchanan

I think you were smart to pair those you could. I think you’re right, in a search where you think she’s going to be extra distracted, pairing is good. Or not so many hides. You can see Molly is trying to be compliant but just didn’t want to search in the “yucky” area.

Rather than lead her to the last hide, just call it. Really know that it’s OK if she doesn’t get all the hides! Look at what learning is to be had and if you’re luring her to a hide you’re stepping backwards not forward. You don’t want to do that. Not all searches are going to be perfect but that’s where WE learn. How do you help your dog to find success in those areas? Explore smaller steps, only use the edges of the area, pair everything, fewer hides, etc. so there isn’t one giant leap into distractor land. Sometimes we don’t even know that’s what is happening until we’re in the middle of it. Now you know. 🙂

Kimberly Buchanan
Joyride K9 Dog Training