BOYS WILL BE BOYS!
(although the girls can be just as bad)
Is my dog on odour or is he about to pee?
Fouling the search area is a non-qualifying fault in trials and you will be directed by the judge to leave the search area immediately should it occur.
It can also be very disruptive to the dogs that follow and the judge should mark the fouled area with a piece of tape so that the competitors know where the misdemeanour occurred.
Here are some tips to avoid your dog fouling in the search area:
Develop a strong pre-search routine that you practice before EVERY search (even in training). Your pre-search routine should include:
Interrupt “pee” sniffing behaviour in searching and only reward focussed searching. If dogs are allowed to urinate while searching it can become part of the behaviour chain and very difficult to re-train.
Difference between sniffing and searching
It can often be hard to tell whether some dogs are on odour or they are just about to pee, so sharp observation skills by the handler are required.
The following changes of behaviour are usually good indicators that the dog is about to pee: