Proud of My Dog - dog training
Accepting in-home training clients In the North Slocan Valley from the Village of Slocan to Nakusp, and Kaslo
Group classes are currently held in New Denver, BC
Adapted from NW120: Nosework Elements. Taught by Stacy Barnett http://fenzidogsportsacademy.com/
Stacy’s Website: http://scentsabilitiesnw.com/
In the world of Nosework, you will hear the terms Accessible hides and Inaccessible hides. These terms are often misunderstood. All too often new handlers will confuse “visible” to be “accessible” and “hidden” to be “inaccessible”.
In the early stages of nosework, all of your hides will be “Accessible”. This means that your dog will be able to access the highest concentration of odor coming from the hide (from within 1-1.5 inches away).
An accessible, hidden hide could be a straw with a Q-tip inside placed in the seam of a drawer. The area of highest concentration of odor will be at that seam and will be accessible by the dog. A well placed hide in a drawer seam would also be hidden from your view.
Here are some pictures of accessible hides. Notice that these hides are partially hidden! When you start placing your own hides, make sure that the hide is accessible to your dog.
In a nosework trial, the hides will be placed so that the handler can’t see them and the hides will also not be retrievable by your dog.
This picture is an example of an assessable hide that is hidden from the handler and non-retrievable by your dog.
This next hide is accessible but in the early stages of training, you want to make sure your dog can access all sides of the item on which the hide is placed. Access to all sides of the item allows your dog to work source from all angles as the airflow could affect where the scent cone is located. If the wind was blowing north in the picture below, the scent cone would form outside of the yard making a search on the inside of the fence much harder for your dog.
“Inaccessible” simply means that the highest concentration of odor is not available to your dog.
Your dog may alert differently depending on the type of “inaccessible” hide:
In this picture, the hide is accessible only if a dog can stretch up with paws on the wall. It would be inaccessible to a small dog. In the beginning, your dog should not have to put his paws up on anything to get to source.
This hide would be inaccessible to a small dog:
Sometimes the definition can be gray:
Container vs non-container searching
Your dog’s indication in a non-container search will likely be different than in a container search. Some things to be aware of:
The importance of accessible hides in the beginning
As you start to place hides, you need to make sure that the hides are accessible. Accessible hides build confidence because the dog builds a strong belief that he can get to source and will be rewarded. It is VERY important to build confidence in our dogs. Confidence is the foundation layer for a strong nosework dog. Without it, your dog will not have the drive to work through more complex scent puzzles.