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Wall Hide Equipment

The equipment that you will need to for Wall Hide Training are six soft-plastic bead containers that are approximately 1 ½ Inches x 1 ½ inches by ½ Inches.  (You can actually use any shape or size of container, just

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Recap of the Importance of the Primary Reward/How to Prepare Al Fresca Roasted Garlic Sausages/Sensitive Stomach Issues/Tray Sandwich

Detection dog training is unique because you can’t “drill” a detection dog. Rather, the training needs to empower the dog and must be designed to leave the dog wanting more.  Increment by increment, we condition the dog to search “on

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Beginning to Develop Pin-Point Precision Using Bricks

I had a couple inquiries as to where folks could buy the three-holed cored bricks that I brought to a recent set of classes at EFPSudbury.  This where I bought mine. Landscape Depot Supply 350 Irving Street Framingham, MA 01702

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Key Boxes

KEY BOXES The photos appearing here are of my “Key Boxes” that I have modified to use as Reward Food or Scent Containers.  You can buy these particular Key Boxes at Lowes.  I use these Key Boxes to introduce Vehicle Searching

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Bowl Sandwich and Boxes

I have had several inquiries about the “bowl-sandwich” I use as well as what kind of boxes I use. The Bowl-Sandwich: You will need to buy two bowls that like these ones:  http://www.petco.com/product/105768/Petco-Stainless-Steel-Non-Tip-Bowls.aspx   I typically use the 16 oz. size.  Take

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Introducing Challenging Search Areas

A group of us met this morning to do some K9NW training at a local Fairground that had a number of open animal sheds with stalls and wood chip flooring.   I and another person offered to put out the hides

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Reward for the Find

I always preference any writing I do about dog training with a comment that Karen Pryor once made: “There are as many ways to train an animal as there are people to think them up.” What you need to do

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Target Oils and Where to Buy Oils and Tins

I found this information on the NACSW Website: To compete in the sport of K9 Nose Work®, dogs will need to transition from searching for food or toys to searching for a “target odor.” Target odors for competition in NACSW

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What Reward Technique Should One Use?

Following up on my post entitled, “Self-Rewarding and Supplementally Rewarding,” I have gotten a few private emails saying that folks were confused how and where the reward should be given.  One person indicated that her confusion was because she had

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Going to Source

As we all know, K9NW dogs are taught to “go to source” and the handler needs to be able identify exactly where the source is if asked by a judge at a NW1 Trial. If you cannot immediately pinpoint based

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