When we think of a dog’s resilience, we think of both environmental and cognitive applications. Ideally, a dog can work in new and different environments and can be impervious to frustration or worry of failure. These two qualities are super important in the development of our canine partners in the sport of Nosework … in fact, through careful training, this can be a huge boon for dogs regardless of competitive aspirations! Nosework is often touted as “confidence building”, however the HOW that confidence building occurs is really the crux of whether the dog will actually reap the rewards.
Using a concept of the “Deep Accessible” hide, we will demonstrate in this presentation how we can build both environmental AND cognitive resilience in the dog. The Deep Accessible is part of how the skill of Sourcing is developed. However, the very unique and amazing side effect is the impact on the dog’s resilience. This presentation will both describe what is occurring and how to capture the benefits.