7 Verbal’s That Give You An Advantage

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Find It

The cue “Find it” signals to the dog that it’s time to begin the search for the target scent. This cue should be given just before the dog crosses the threshold into the search area to so that they start searching immediately and don’t miss any potential hides located right at the entry point.

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Sniff Sniff

The cue “Sniff sniff” reminds your dog to use their nose instead of relying on their eyes. Often, a dog will turn their nose off when switching from one area to another, which can cause them to miss hides in between areas.

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Over Here


This cue is used when either your dog exits the search area or is ignoring a part of the search area.It involves giving a quick pat to your leg. 

Be careful not to repeat the cue too often, as your dog may become reliant on following you rather than using their nose. This is considered a strong body cue.

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Leave It


This cue teaches a dog to ignore distractions such as food, toys, socks, or even a previous pod or pod location. Scents can linger and your dogs may fixate on old pod smell.  

The best way to teach “Leave It” is using Susan Garrett’s “It’s Yer Choice” games

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Stay or Wait

These two cues are used when you are hiding the scent pod yourself and don’t want your dog to see. You can teach “Stay” and “Wait” in any position, like sit, down, or stand.

The difference between them is in how you release your dog: use “Stay” if you return to your dog before releasing, and use “Wait” if you release your dog from a distance. 

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Go To Spot

An alternative to “Stay” and “Wait” is the cue “Go To Spot.” This cue teaches your dog to go to a designated location. For instance, you can instruct your dog to go behind a door while you hide the pod.

Advanced training might include teaching your dog to go to specific spots like a bed, couch, or crate.
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Clicker training can be utilized to precisely mark the moment when your dog finds the pod. It’s essential to establish a solid foundation in clicker training beforehand. 
This method is particularly helpful for individuals who may have difficulty bending down immediately to deliver a treat when their dog locates the pod.

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