Level 1 is all completed with treats , but for dogs working on odour a scent can be substituted where possible. When we move onto level 2 dogs must be on odour.
This part is a progression from level 1 looking at different areas, again using food.
* Table & Chair search – inside or outside– most of us are somewhat limited to space and a table and chair does not always feature in todays homes. So the idea of this is to recreate something similar. Maybe a couple of couches searched methodically with food strategically placed? Or maybe a table and chair set up outside, with treats spaced evenly around the chairs.
Maybe a couple of chairs placed around a coffee table not dining table….
The idea is that the dog is set off in the same manner as the boxes, asked to find and stay within the search area looking for their rewards as they work around. Excessive commands and guidance from the handler will be deemed not ready and require resubmission (which is free of charge until we reach a pass!) Once the dog has found and consumed their rewards the handler is to release the dog from the search with a word of their choice and recall away with a further reward.
* Car Search 1 – sticky ham or maybe something like primula – posted at various points around the car. The handler starts off asking the dog to search, guides to the car if required and the dog is to show willingness to search around the car without unduly losing engagement. It is acceptable for the handler to redirect a couple of times, but excessive commands will deem the team not ready at this stage. It is not necessary for the dog to eat all of the pieces of reward on the vehicle but a desire to stay with and search the vehicle is necessary. Once the dog has found and consumed their rewards the handler is to release the dog from the search with a word and recall away with a further reward.
* Car Search 2 – a repeat of the above but with only one find on the car – one piece of ham or cheese etc. This needs to be placed on the furthest side of the car to the dog. The dog can search around the car in whichever direction they wish but they must show willingness to stay with the vehicle and not become unduly distracted. A couple of redirections from the handler is acceptable but continuous commands would deem the team not ready at this stage. Once the dog has found and consumed their reward the handler is to release the dog from the search with a word and recall away with a further reward.