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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 (84 Articles)
Dr. Carla Simon is a Scent Detection Instructor, Certifying Official (UKC Nosework), and President of Sniff Alberta. She’s been breeding and training scent dogs for Hunter’s Heart since 1999. Carla's evidence-based, motivational training has helped hundreds of scent dogs to reach their potential, with target odors ranging from human scent to bed bugs. Follow her Nosework & K9 Scent Detection Blog at: https://nosework.huntersheart.com

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