Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: SF Bay Area (California)
I think some trainers train that way, but mine just has us stick with the same type of reward. Some students had their dogs search for the toys at the beginning because they weren't food driven, and the others that were food driven always reward with food. When we moved to odor, if they were using the toy, they would only put a small piece of the toy with the odor. When they alerted they would reward with a short play session. With the food driven dog we just reward with food, and would throw/place food in the box and at the tin so the dog would keep his eye on the odor instead of us as the source. Thus, the odor is the generator of the reward, not the handler.
This sport is great for reactive dogs since each dog works alone - in training sessions and at the trials.
"Jake" - GSD Male 2 yrs old
"McKoi"- Golden Ret Male 2 yrs old
"Daisy" - Border Collie Mix Female 1 yr old