ALERT to SEARCH: Back-chaining for Powerful Odor Fluency in Nose Work
Back-chaining is one of the most powerful tools available to the modern trainer. A nose work search often requires long-duration problem-solving in complex environments. Teaching the chain backwards, alert to search, ensures that the dog is always working toward the behavior he has practiced, and been reinforced for, the most.
Whether your dog has an officially trained final response or not, back-chaining is a great way to strengthen his or her ability to communicate clearly at odor. Every nose work competitor wants what is called “odor obedience,” but what that really means is “odor fluency.” Odor fluency is when a dog can work through all three phases of a search (SEARCH-LOCATE-REPORT) with complete confidence, start line to finish. Back-chaining is also a great way for competitors to learn how to read their dogs better, because a confident nose work dog exhibits clear and unique changes of behavior in each phase of a search.
In this 45- minute Session we will look at back-chaining both as a teaching tool and in terms of the many ways it can strengthen communication between the partners on a nose work team.