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Title: CONVERGING ODORS: Solving the Puzzle

When: 10/06/2012 at 09:00 to 10/06/2012 at 17:00

Where: National Guard Armory


CPDT-KSA Knowledge:6.5CBCC-KSA Knowledge:0
CPDT-KSA Skills:0CBCC-KSA Skills:0


When K9NW® dogs progress beyond NW1, they are faced with multiple odors in one environment. This new challenge requires the dog to sort out multiple hides as well as multiple types of odor. Converging odor is one factor that is often present in the more advanced search puzzle. Each dog is unique in his ability and approach to solving this new problem. Our job as their handlers is to provide an environment and odor puzzles that offer our dogs the opportunity to discover and master these NW2 and NW3 specific searches. Converging odor problems can occur in all four elements. Each element provides both similar and unique challenges to the dog. Factors include search area size, inside vs. outside, objects in the environment, air movement, hide placement, the age and volume of the odor, and more. Come spend a day observing a variety of dogs work converging scent puzzles through a combination of Power Point, video review, and selected demos with real-time feedback. By improving YOUR observation and evaluation skills, you will become a better teammate in challenging environments, and increase your ability to offer systematic training exercises (with back-up plans) so your dog will solve converging odor puzzles with confidence and efficiency.

Sponsor: Dogs of Course

Speaker(s): Barbara Schwerdt, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Contact: Dana Crevling


National Guard Armory
Park Street

Hudson, MA 01749
United States