Dave Kroyer Seminar, Sunday, 9/18/22
See An Illustrated Explanation of Nosework for Those Unfamiliar with It
Learn more at www.davekroyer.com (including a thirteen-video “Super Snout series showing his method) and on @davekroyerdogs.
back to main seminar page
This seminar focused on efficient searching, accurate indications and reading the dog’s indication (whatever that indication may be). In Dave’s method, the indication is a sit or down – or reaching up on high hides to get as close as possible – and staring at the hide until released by a clicker or spoken “yes,” at which time the dog goes away from the hide to the owner to receive its reward. All of us in Sheridan use that indication but some seminar participants don’t.
Sunday was for dogs actively competing in all four elements (exteriors, interiors, vehicles & containers). In the morning we worked vehicles at Craftco Metal’s storage yard; in the afternoon we worked containers in Sue’s arena
Novice Vehicle classes involve three passenger vehicles, lined up facing the same direction. Teams search only the front bumpers for only 1 hide (birch), with no distractions. Advanced Vehicle classes also include 3 vehicles facing the same direction. Teams search all areas of the three vehicles for only 1 hide (anise) and must ignore a toy distraction.
The other classes use up to 6 vehicles of any type, scattered and facing any direction, and have up to 4 hides and 1 or 2 distractions. As usual, Dave sets up harder exercises that we will encounter in a trial. Different dogs do different searches according to their ability and Dave is always there to show both human and dog how to work out anything they struggle with. A lot of the photos show a series of his helping a team. First Dave set up a Novice/Advanced search of 3 passenger vehicles
Novice Vehicle Search
Then he added two pickups to create a Superior Vehicle search.
Superior Vehicle Search
Then Dave set up a BIG search involving 2 passenger cars and 4 big Craftco trucks:
to the 1st part of the Elite Vehicles Search (2 cars, page 2)
to the 2nd part of the Elite Vehicles Search (first truck – #206 – 1st hide, page 3)
to the 3rd part of the Elite Vehicles Search (first truck – #206 – 2nd & 3rd hides, page 4)
to the 4th part of the Elite Vehicles Search (second truck – #201, page 5)
to the 5th part of the Elite Vehicles Search (third truck – #203, page 6)
to the 6th part of the Elite Vehicles Search (fourth truck – #204, page 7)