Instructor: Stacy Barnett
Do you struggle with how to set hides? Do you accidentally overface your dog or make the hides too hard? Do you have structure to your training so that you thoughtfully build skills? Have you stagnated in your training?
Hide Placement is the answer. Use thoughtful hide placement using air flow considerations to set scent puzzles up for your dog that will allow your dog to progress steadily. Build intentional odor obedience and an understanding of how to truly source a hide. Use Hide Placement to make your training sessions on point and powerful!
Our goal is a motivated dog who understands his job and who can source a hide quickly and accurately!
Some feedback may come in the form of a Narrated Schematic
There are no scheduled sessions for this class at this time. We update our schedule frequently, so please subscribe to our mailing list for notifications.
Registration will begin at 11:00 AM Pacific Time.
For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.
Enrollment limits: Gold: 15 students, Silver: 15 students, Bronze: unlimited.
Silver level for this class is offered as "Working Silver". In addition to asking GENERAL clarification questions about the class lecture materials, silver students will now have the opportunity to submit two short videos, one minute each, for critique and review. You may submit two questions. Each question MUST have a one minute video attached so the instructor can actually answer a question that they can see. The question must relate to a topic in the class and the video must be a demo of the question. Please see the discussion forum for a detailed explanation - feel free to sign up at bronze, read the explanation, and then come back here to upgrade to silver if that interests you, and if space is available.
If you are interested in a bronze level subscription, you can sign up at any time during the registration period.
Week 1: Scent Theory
- Interior Air Flow
- Exterior Air Flow
- Vehicle Aerodynamics
- Using a Smoke Pencil (or another device) to understand air flow
- Diffusion: Accessible and Inaccessible Hides
Week 2: Purposeful Hide Setting
- Odor Handling (NEW)
- Materials the Affect Hides and Stability (NEW)
- Setting for Distinct Scent Cones (NEW)
- Confidence building
- What Constitutes a YES?
- Motivation building
Week 3: Common Hide Challenges
- Promoting Detailing
- Pooling Odor
- Chimney or Mushroom Effect
Week 4: Common Hide Challenges Cont
- Effects of Elevation
- Converging Odor Basics
- Playing with Elevation (NEW)
Week 5: Common Hide Challenges Cont
- Playing with Strength of Odor (NEW)
- Playing with Wind Direction (NEW)
- Playing with Geometry (NEW)
Week 6: Skill Building and Goal Setting
- Applying purposeful hide setting to personal skill progression/goals
- Setting Goals
- Setting a skill progression (personalized based on Gold students' goals)
There are no specific pre-requisites for this course, however, it is suggested that Gold students have completed NW130 or the equivalent.
A smoke pencil, smoke pen, smoke matches or a Wizard stick will be needed for this course. These can be found at your local hardware store.
Let's continue our exploration in Scent Theory by moving outdoors!
Exterior Air Flow is impacted by:
- Wind direction and speed
- Temperature and humidity
- Environmental structure
Wind Direction is probably the most obvious aspect of exterior air flow. It's something that we can check before our search and mid-search. One way we can do this is by using flagging tape. And it comes in every color of the rainbow!
Flagging Tape is lightweight plastic, non-adhesive tape that is used by surveyors. It's also great to hang off of your belt loop while you search in order to check wind direction.
Here's a video from a recent trial where we had substantial wind. Note that I check the wind at the start line. Although we haven't yet talked about wind and structure, I knew based on the search area and the wind direction that there would be substantial swirling... (high wind on the protected side of the building)
The flagging tape will tell you if you are downwind or upwind of the search area. Downwind means that the wind is blowing towards you. Upwind means that the wind is at your back.
NOTE: Wind Direction (and speed!) can change by the second. Wind isn't stable. As you watch your dog work, you should glance down occationally and check direction/speed (Wind Speed is demonstrated by how much the flagging tape is fluttering).
I like to use the free app called Wind Tunnel to do wind simulations...
Here's a video that I made of a simulation to give you an idea as to what wind speed does to turbulence and pressure. Keep in mind that turbulence carries scent! So where you see turbulence and swirling, that's how scent is behaving!
Structure plays a HUGE part in air flow in exteriors. Structure is probably the biggest factor in what odor will do. Structure causes turbulence, kind of like a rock in a stream.
What do you see?
Watching water is one of the most insightful things you can do with regards to understanding scent theory. What does one particle in the water do? How does it travel? Now picture that particle as a scent particle. Even though we like to think of wind as traveling in a straight line, it doesn't! It travels quite like water particles in a stream.
Temperature also plays a factor in what scent will do. We covered this a little in Interiors but the same holds true. Hot air rises, cool air sinks. When you place a hide in a sunny spot, the scent will rise rather than fall.
In the picture above, how will scent behave if you place a hide on the right side of the street? How about the left side?
Humidity is rather interesting... scent stays more localized in high humidity... think fat snowflakes versus tumbleweeds. Fat snowflakes drift and fall rather heavily, fat with moisture. Tumbleweeds are dry and blow easily.
I took a short video of a Wind Tunnel simulation... I want YOU to tell me what is going on when wind speed changes.
For each of these search areas, what do you think air flow is going to look like? Wind direction is noted by the arrows.
Area 1: Courthouse, light wind
Area 2: Pavillion, after a light rain, light wind
Video a search AREA (not an actual search) and narrate a description of the scenting conditions!
A sampling of what prior students have said about this course ...
Thank you for your time and patience. This was a great class and so helpful with training on my own. There is so much to learn about hide placement. I will never look at benches the same way again.
Stacy.... you are a rockstar! Each Nosework class you have developed have been great.... and I think this one has been the best one yet. Proud to call you my Coach and Mentor.
Stacy, you are a very gifted teacher and your passion for the sport shows in each class you offer.
I've come away from this class with a much better idea of how to set hides that are an appropriate challenge for my dogs, and that have a purpose, or specific training task in mind. Molly B
If NW370 is offered again.... and I hope it will be.... TAKE IT! You will learn so much.... and your training/practice time will become more effective. Carla W
This course really helped my understanding of air flow and how to set up effective searches.