And here is the video and explanation that goes with it.
I often video but rarely post them because I’m taking them and they are pretty shaky and awful. Today I really tried to get some good footage of Jake who tends to be a pretty active dog. I’m sold on using a flexi for nosework (nothing else) because it doesn’t get tangled and I let Jake work farther away from me. It’s clearly a learning curve and I’m beginning to handle it better. I am a clicker/marker trainer and believe that when I say YES that it ends the exercise and Jake returns to me for the reward. When I say GOOD, he knows he has to stay in position until I say YES. I’ve recently started pairing ALERT with GOOD and there is one find on the video where I say ALERT and he pushes back into the find until I say YES. I feel that I talk too much and am working on that! In order to not overface him, all the hides are accessible. It’s pretty windy (NE17) and at the auto repair shop (5 hides aged 3 hours) that has farm equipment you can see him under the equipment on one side and then finding odor on the other. The last 5 hides (aged 2 hours) at the vet office had the distractions of dog potty smells but I kept the hides off the grass at this time to help him be successful since he has only been doing nosework for 4 months.