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In Nosework Training: Nosework Training Aids

In Nosework Training:
Nosework Training Aids

Ed Frawley sits down with Andrew Ramsey and discusses his ideas behind training aids, the training environment, and cross contamination of scents.

January 5, 2012 | 8 Minutes, 24 Seconds

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Question: During the isolation phase of pack structure, is it still ok to still have the dog walker come take care of the dog? Am I going to be able to effectively run my dog through groundwork with out being able to walk in an area without distractions?

Hi Ed,

I just finished watching your DVD "Establishing Pack Structure..." and as eager as I am to start the program with my dog Ziva I have 2 questions/issues. The first is I work full-time, like most people, and in order to give my dog a little break from her crate and a mid-day potty break I have been using a dog walker. She visits for about 1/2 hour, takes her for a walk and bathroom break and returns Ziva to her crate when they're done. So I guess my question is that if during the ground work phase the dog is to be isolated from other people and only I am to be handling and walking the dog, is it possible to still have the dog walker come to take car of her? Ziva probably could hold her bladder until I get home but I don't think it's fair to ask her to do that as I work 9-5:30 5 days a week.

My second question is that I live in a city/suburb and there really isn't anywhere I could walk her where we aren't possibly and most likely going to run into other people and/or dogs. It's actually very rare for us not to see other people/dogs on our walks and she is a dog that gets very easily distracted especially by other dogs. What are my options? Am I going to be able to effectively run her through the ground work/pack structure program with these 2 limitations? Thank you for any suggestions or help you can offer me.


Cindy's Response:


Good questions.

There is nothing wrong with a dog walked as long as she doesn’t take the dog out and play with it . She should remain neutral to the dog and this should be made clear. Explain why you want this.

When you walk your dog you should carry a bait bag which contains high value treats and a tug. Check out The Power of Playing Tug with Your Dog.

We sell some all-natural treats. But I like going to the grocery store and buying cooked turkey breast and cut them into small pieces. Then on my walk I will engage my dog with myself when I come around strangers or other dogs. I get the dog totally focused on me using markers, using either a food reward or a tug reward. This is covered in The Power of Training Dogs with Food.

When you do this correctly the dog looks at new people, places, and things as a trigger to engage with you.

Ed Frawley

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Pack Structure.


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