The Ups and Downs of Elevated Hides

Sunday Oct 6

1:40 PM

Experience Level: Novice & Above

We all want to find that elusive high hide! Getting those high hides takes good hide placement, a dog who knows to search high and handler observations! High hides can create more threads of odor in the air. Odor will loft out and then fall down – making it easier for dogs to work it back closer to source. Other high hides will just drop leaving a very small trail of odor. Often it’s pure luck that a dog gets in just the right spot to solve a challenging high hide, but the handler can help the team by reading the room and the dog’s behavior.

The downside to working elevated hides is working them too often! We can inadvertently pattern them to CHECK high and then when we see that behavior we make a wrong call. Dogs will also naturally search high when they can’t find odor so we need to make sure we don’t call high hides too quickly. Instead look for other signs – bracketing, nose in air, slowing down, and insisting that odor is UP.

This lecture and lab will show how hide placement, airflow and setup will enable your dog’s understanding and success for solving high hides, as well as improve your observing eye!

Prerequisite: Dogs should be proficient on all 3 odors (Birch, Anise, and Clove).

Presenter Bio

Julie Symons

Julie Symons (she/her) has been involved in dog sports for 30 years and prides herself on the versatile accomplishments she has earned with her dogs. She has earned HITs across four different sports with four dogs and earned Championships in Obedience, Conformation, Agility and Nosework. Her passion for dog training grew out of the incredible journey she shared with her first performance dog Rival. She was her Novice A dog and together became the first CH OTCH MACH Belgian Tervuren.

Through their journey, Julie learned how wonderful the bond can be with our canine partners and all that was possible to accomplish together. After the thrill of earning a TDX and immersing herself in Nosework with her next dog Savvy, Julie’s love for scent sports intensified. She has been coaching Nosework teams since 2014, is a co-creator and judge for the FDSA virtual NW TEAM program and is a retired AKC licensed Scent Work judge.

Along with being a faculty member at FDSA, Julie is owner of Savvy Dog Sports, Inc where she teaches in-person Foundation, Nosework and Agility classes. She is a consummate learner, an energetic instructor and skillful at problem solving. Julie brings a wealth of experience to her students; her success across multiple sports is built on solid foundation skills and effective communication.

Julie currently shares her life with 3 dogs:

  • Savvy, 16 yrs young, has earned a CH, ELT-CH, MACH2, UD, TDX, VCD3 and many other NW titles.
  • Drac, 8 yrs old, has earned his ELT-CH, MX MXJ HSAd TDX and many other NW titles.
  • Moxie, 5 yrs old, has earned her CH, ELT-CH, AX AXJ HSAds TD and many other NW titles.

In addition to the joy in reaching her competition goals and those of her students, Julie is most content when out on a trail hiking with her dogs and spending time at home with her husband and son.