Police K9 training article search. Searching for a knife that had been thrown. When K9 finds the article he goes to a down position with the article between his front legs.
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http://www.TrainingRetrieverPuppies.com Just started working on this with Caleb. He is searching on gravel for metal keys. Nice sustained effort on his search.
I think Dick Staal uses this small article searching as a bridge to hard surface tracking. I am not speaking for what Dick does but I am using it as an aid to get the puppy to use his nose on the hard surface.
I am using it as a bridge to hard surface tracking.