The Ramsey method relies a lot on the dog getting amped up from seeing "the trainer" place the hide (whether that's the real hide, or acting like it's the real hide). It does this as a way to both build drive as well as to teach a search pattern. One thing that I found desperately missing from our "random box" nosework classes is even a semblance of a search pattern.
Also, in the Ramsey system, the trainer is the one to throw the reward for the dog. I think that the handler could reliably do this, but based on the DVD it does seem that the reward can be more effectively delivered from someone who isn't holding the lead.
Can nosework be trained with only one person? Most definitely. But I do like a lot of the things Ramsey shows in the DVD. I don't consider it a waste of money at all, but I do wish I had a second person to help with training. At $60, or however much it is, it's still WAY cheaper than a beginner class (which I paid $99 for) where I learned almost nothing. Hiding a treat in a box and letting my dog figure out on her own how to randomly find it is not what I consider training. There was no introduction to the scent, there was no expectation of a search pattern, there was no mention of an indicator (actually- the thought of a trained indication was discouraged). In my opinion, the DVD gives you much more info than a beginner class, AND sets you up for a more successful trial experience if you want to go to competitions.
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