Training Through Pictures with Dave Kroyer- Nose Work 2- The Search

Training Through Pictures with Dave Kroyer: Nose Work 2 - The Search

This International Award Winner is the highly anticipated follow up to the prerequisite 5X International Award Winning Training Through Pictures - Nose Work 1 - The Indication, the definitive guide to Nose Work with your puppy or working dog,  with Dave Kroyer!  Known as a teacher of trainers, a competitor, coach, 12 Time World Team Member, UKC Nose Work and Mondio Ring Sport Judge, Dave Kroyer and his students have stood atop podiums in the arenas of Schutzhund/IPO, Mondio and French Ring Sport, Police K9, AKC Obedience, Agility, SAR and AKC Tracking.  He has represented the United States Internationally on multiple World Teams while gaining notoriety both domestically and abroad.  As a student of animal behavior, Dave's approach to training is intuitive, calculated and utilizes the tools and techniques of many disciplines and styles in a system of training that has helped his students achieve National and International success.

In part 1 of this series, Training Through Pictures with Dave Kroyer- Nose Work 1- The Indication, a rudimentary search was taught as a by-product of indication training while allowing the indication to be fully learned and conditioned.  While the indication was being conditioned, odor discrimination, distraction work, search distance, approach angles, search cues and line handling were easily added, completely bypassing the range of problems learned in traditional systems.  As an indication first system, the “heavy lifting” of detection training was completed.

Now that the dog has a nearly reflexive indication in the face of distraction, and understands the cues that indicate reward is a possibility, we introduce you to the next step in The Kroyer System, The Search.  Through training progression, what remains is to discriminate packaging and hide types, expand indoor search areas, isolate the odors that are contained in the “odor cocktail” and inject the handler as a possible source of information in preparation for outdoor searches.  Because the dog so clearly understands the behaviors that must occur in the presence of odor to earn reward, training progression is a matter of controlling the environment, maintaining the ingredients of the indication and exposing the dog to ideal variations at appropriate stages of learning.

Through “handler detailing” we incorporate the handler as a potential source of information that the dog should regard during searches.  Through careful, structured handler inputs, the dog learns that cooperation with the handler can lead to success while maintaining an ideal ratio of independent searches.  This becomes important as we explore the common areas dogs overlook during searches, expand search distance and area and move the dog outdoors to search vehicles and environments.  We discuss Dave’s method as a back-chaining method as an overview to give you, the viewer, a global sense of how to even further expand your dog’s abilities while building upon milestones toward excellence.  Beneficial to puppy owners, trainers with problem dogs, class instructors or anyone wanting a more clear, logical, step-by-step understanding of how to train professional detection work.  To anyone wanting to eliminate the problems of weak indication, weak searching, false alerts, incorrect focus on handler behavior and alerting on fringe odor, this title is a must have!

Chapters include: 

The Search

  • Generalization
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Luggage
  • The Search Array
  • The First Search

Odor Isolation

  • Disassembling the Odor Cocktail

Handler Detailing

  • Injecting the Handler


  • Understanding the Dog

The Search- Interiors

  • Initial Interior Searches
  • Expanding Interiors

The Search- Exteriors

  • Open Terrain Searches


  • Wheels
  • Bumpers and Grills
  • Body Seams
  • Interiors
  • Multiple Vehicles


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2016 AVA Digital Awards Gold Award Winner

NOTE: This title relies upon the concepts in the 7X International Award Winning definitive guide on the first 6-8 months with your puppy or working dog, Learning to Learn and the 5X International Award Winning Nose Work 1- The Indication.