n RIGHT: I have seen many dogs
that lose their minds at the mere
appearance of the toy.
move on. Work up to continuing to present areas while
the dog maintains his position to get your dog to stay focused on target odor regardless of your movement.
This helps in the event that you miss your dog’s final
indication while looking ahead for the next presentation.
If the dog is conditioned to follow you, he may walk a
find to stay within your line of sight. By developing intel-
ligent disobedience, your dog will
stay at source regardless of your
movement. Use this development to
increase the time your dog displays
focus on source before clicking and
n BELOW: Final response is validated
by a timely “click.”
Now it is time to start practical
search exercises. Begin by using the
same vessels, placed along an interior
wall or under a car. This gets the dog
used to searching in the areas he will
be working in while maintaining
some familiarity. Place the vessels in
corners and under furniture to get
the dog used to sniffing in confined
areas and not taking short cuts.