In the scent detection lab, these are the steps the trainer will take to reward your dog:
- Say “Yes” or click the instant dog’s nose touches the food bowl (or hole in the box containing target odor)
- Reward at source (touching her hand to source to deliver the food)
- Repeat this sequence for 1-3 rewards, then
- Put the last treat at the dog’s nose and lure him away from source saying “get it” (or making another noise).
The trainer will set you up for success in the scent detection lab. It will be easy and fun. And if you decide to continue in nosework, we’ll show you how to train your dog to indicate so anyone and everyone knows where the hide is, even in difficult blind searches with distractions. For now, relax and follow your dog’s amazing nose. Have fun!