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Switch The Reward for The Best progress

High value treats include steak, bacon, fish, sardines, and liver.  Each dog has different preferences. High value is dog specific. 

Do not use kibble as a treat. Each dog has a favorite, and it should be something they don’t get regularly. We recommend canned tuna, sardines, and salmon, as fish yields the best results for most dogs. Other fresh meats can also show similar improvements.

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Beginner hides Should Be Visible

Place the object on the ground in an open area. It can be slightly hidden, such as behind a chair leg, but it must remain visible. If using a DIY straw hide, make sure to place it on the floor. 

Pointing and body cues can be very helpful during this stage of training.

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Gradually increase difficulty

There are three types of difficulty: distance from the start point, buried, and elevation. Gradually increase each type individually before combining them in a single hide. 

Start with distance training as it’s the easiest. Then practice with buried hides in well-ventilated areas like couch cushions, rug corners, and socks. Elevated hides are the most challenging and are the hardest titles to earn.
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build confidence With Easy Hides

 

Hard finds can be enjoyable but are demanding for dogs. Mix in some easy searches to keep it enjoyable for your dog. 

After a challenging hide, always follow up with an easier one. Dogs can get frustrated after extensive searching and may lose interest in playing.
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Bend down Or Use Clicker

When your dog finds the pod, give them the treat as close to the scent as possible. This reinforces the connection that finding the smell results in treats. Learn more about dogs’ sense of smell. 

You can use a clicker to pinpoint the exact moment when your dog finds the pod as an alternative method.
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Listen for the sniff sound

Most dogs use their eyes to find objects at first but soon learn to rely on their sense of smell. Recognizing their sniffing sound helps improve this skill. Give your dog verbal cues like sniff sniff to help them focus. 

 Encourage them by saying “good sniff, sniff” when you hear them sniffing. Use the cue “sniff” when they are only looking with their eyes. Sometimes dogs stop sniffing just as they pass the object and need the extra hint. 

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hinting Can Help at first

Body hints, in the beginning, are helpful to get dogs to understand the game. But it becomes hurtful when the dog begins to rely on them instead of their nose. 

Body hints include pointing, toe-tapping, walking towards the pod, tapping your leg, and using verbal cues like “Find It” to encourage your dog. However, sometimes it’s better to let the dog figure it out on their own when advancing. Only give hints if the dog is really struggling. They might be tired or the hide might have been too difficult to start with.

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