Nose Work Games

Why games? We are more relaxed with games and have more fun with our dog which helps us as the handler and our dog progress in our training. It is amazing to see the relaxed body language in games searches versus any other search. Games will also teach our dogs that...

Building Close Proximity Hide Skills

Close Proximity Hides are a challenging upper level skill because the dog not only needs to work through odor convergence, but they also need to be able to re-engage in searching immediately after finding a hide. In this session, we will work through an exercise...

Optimizing your Start Line

How successful your search is, is often a direct function of your start line. In order to get a dog to leave the start line in focus and searching immediately and effectively, you need to have the right combination of arousal, timing, and engagement. What you do...

Handling for Tight Spaces and Other Handling Challenges

One of the hardest things to do in searching is to handle in a way that doesn’t negatively impact our dog’s searching when we are holding the leash. It’s so much harder to do this in tight spaces or in areas where we may accidentally block the dog....

Reinforcement System for Increasing Motivation

This is probably the most critical component of searching that is also one of the most neglected. In this session, we will explore reinforcement systems and delve into what works for OUR DOG. We will get cleaner with our markers and figure out how our specific dog...