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Official Rules & Exercise Descriptions for each Level

Exercise 2-3: Container Corner Hide

Using an L shaped configuration with 9 containers, the dog is expected to find the hide in the corner box.

urpose: Using hide placement to pattern dogs to search deep into corners.

Age of Hide:  Recommend 10 minutes minimum

Number of Hides: 1

Search Area: Exterior

Hide Placement: Placed in corner position in an L shape setup.

On/Off Leash: On leash

Required Calls: Handler must say “Alert” or raise hand when their dog has communicated they have found target odor. The Alert call must come before rewarding your dog and should be the handler’s first confirmation of their dog finding the hide. 

Exercise set-up: Use 9 containers of any type (must be enclosed on all sides that has a cover, lid, or fold flap). The containers can be a mix of different types as long as the hot container is not the only different one. The containers are placed in an L shape configuration. Maximum distance between each container is 4 feet and no closer than 2 feet. The first 4 containers are cold with the hot container placed in the corner position and the last 4 containers are cold to complete the other line of the L. Search begins when the handler cues the the dog to search. Dog and/or handler must cross the start line. The dog does not need to locate the hide on the first pass, but by placing the hide in the corner we are using hide placement to teach the dog to check the corners. Search ends when the handler signals an “Alert” call.

Scoring: Pass/Not yet

Non-qualifiers: Odor paired with food; handler points to hide; dog does not show change in behavior at source; dog exhibits an unproductive (false) indication; scent aids fall out from hide placement, dog retrieves hide; dog eliminates during search; search parameters not met; incorrectly placed hide; incorrect call; Dog is rewarded before handler makes an alert call; Scent vessel not hidden and visible to dog or the human eye; handler is out of view a majority of the search time.


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