Obedience to Odor

Photo Brittany Spaniel puppy Saddle demonstrating drive and motivation, the basis of obedience to odor

Our nosework training in the lab is based on obedience to odor. That might sound pretty scary, but it’s all based on rewarding your dog. A dog that’s obedient to odor is obedient to his nose. He’s irresistibly drawn to the target odor.

Instead of focussing on “how do I make my dog stay in position” we consider “how do I make the target odor so rewarding that the dog would be crazy to leave”. After a long history of many successful searches and rewards, our dogs learn obedience to odor, because it’s highly rewarding. They know the target odor is hidden and they’re dying to find the source! We’ll show you how.

About carlalsimon (100 Articles)
From bed bugs to birds, from narcotics to nosework, Dr. Carla Simon BSc MD MBA's motivational training has helped hundreds of K9 scent detection teams to reach their potential. Carla is training bed bug detection candidates for WDDO certification and imprinting narcotics candidates for law enforcement K9 Certification. She's been breeding Brittany Spaniels for Hunter’s Heart since 1999, for scent detection, hunting, and athletic partners for families with an active lifestyle. Follow her Blog at:

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