The Dog’s Role

Photo of box #1 of a container search

In the nosework lab, the dog’s job is to search the area and find the food bowl and/or target odor. He should:

  • Put his nose as close to the food bowl and/or target odor as possible.
  • Be “obedient to odor”, rather than focussing on the handler to follow obedience commands
  • Return to the food bowl for several rewards
  • Stay at the food bowl until lured away. We never want the dog to choose to leave the food bowl and/or target odor. After several rewards, your instructor either sticks food on his nose and lures him away (or removes the bowl).
  • Most importantly, the dog should be having fun, so that his confidence, motivation and nosework skills will increase over time.
About carlalsimon (129 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. 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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