Break Down Scent Work for Success from Day One

Hunter’s Heart trains nosework by breaking it down into small achievable steps, setting teams up for success from day 1. Rewarding is crucial to motivating the dog to search for scent and having fun. We begin with a reward that the dog loves.

Nosework training teaches the dog to search for the target odors, while ignoring food, toys and distractions, in varied environments, including: containers, interiors, exteriors and vehicles. In response to student requests, this video shows nosework dogs progressing at all levels of training, so you can see how it all fits together.

• Level 1 = “Show me” in the scent detection lab is where we motivate the dog to find scent, perform a systematic search, and find the precise location of source (the highest concentration of target odor).
• Level 2= “Find it” trains a rock-solid indication e.g. freeze with focused attention or down, using either leash pressure or shaping the indication behaviour using a wooden indication box.
• Level 3 = Pre-trial preparation and generalisation. We polish distance, distractions, strange looking boxes, and new environments to prepare teams for nosework competition, from beginner level to elite international competition.

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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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