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Exercise 3-2: Interior Hide in Corner

This interior search tests that the dog will work into corners of a search area.  The hide (invisible to the dog) must be accessible in nature and placed on an object in the corner of a search area.

 Purpose: Demonstrates the dog can comfortably handle the pressure of finding a hide in a tight space within a search area.

Age of Hide:  Recommend 10 minutes minimum

Number of Hides: 1

Search Area: Interior

Hide Placement: Hide is to be placed in a corner on an object so that the dog has to go into a corner to work the hide in a tight space. The hide should be accessible and not visible to the dog.

On/Off Leash: Either on or off

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. The Handler must say “Finish” in all searches to end the search.

Exercise set-up: Using an interior area, hide is placed per guidelines. Search begins when the handler cues the dog to search. Dog and/or handler must cross the start line. Handler must signal an “Alert” call for the single hide. Search ends when the handler calls “Finish”.

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;  exposed scent aids (not in vessel) placed in search area; 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. Dog dislodges hide during search.

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