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15 ways dog trainers get scentwork training wrong. And how to avoid making the same mistakes.

I have concentrated the last ten years on teaching scentwork over everything else. And as a result I have learned lots! I’ve learned how to teach scentwork in such a way that I can’t recall any dog and handling coming to any of my workshops and failing. Every team has understood the task and achieved …

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Management of Ettie with her friend Pan

Miss Management

Management is the poor cousin of training and behaviour modification. It’s only when it is missing that the spotlight starts to turn on this critical element. From the earliest stages in training, helping pups to learn in class, good trainers know to create a calm atmosphere. An environment full of noise and movement is not …

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Support Skills

When I was training to be a detector dog handler we didn’t teach any obedience-type support skills. No sit, no down, come or drop. It was thought that if the dog was being asked to do something specific that she would do that to the detriment of her detection work. The classic example was walking …

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Routine v reliability

People often say that dogs love routine. But I disagree. Routine is boring. Humdrum. The same walks at the same time every day can be tedious for all concerned. I see folks walking their dogs past my window at the same times every day. (I also see horses being ridden past the window at the …

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