I was really concerned when I saw the search area. It was a handling nightmare looking for a place to happen.
Interior 1 search video - These 3 hides were paired. I made sure she knew I had raw steak, so she'd stick the hides and wait for my contribution. Gimme did these really quickly and was happy to accept what I had to add. She likes my steak doncha know.
Interior 2 search video - She was really interested in the fake gnarly hand on the floor. No clue why Dorothy thought she was scared of it. I think she just lost interest because it was held in place by the weight of the table. Dorothy noticed Gimme was checking out the toy options this time, which she ignored the time before when the hides were paired. I'll have to watch and see if this happens consistently in future paired and unpaired searches. Gimme finds the first hide in the bathroom pretty fast. Then she gets down in the corner and goes to work on the cabinet hide. The last hide is in the bucket hanging from the hand on the ladder. This proves to be very challenging for her, but not as much so for the other dogs. A big part of this was because Gimme was the first dog searching this night and since the hide was deep in the bucket, it took a long time for it to fill up with scent enough so it spilled over. Gimme really works the whole room to solve the puzzle of the elevated hide. You can see how it suddenly becomes clear after she leaves the bathroom around 3:15... From there she has the hide in 17 seconds.
Interior 3 search video - The last search was on leash, which I'd been dreading. We were asked ahead of time to tell how we planned to organize the search. My plan was to work the perimeter and then gradually guide Gimme toward the middle. I pretty much let Gimme start the search with her usual charge in, then guided her to the edge. I knew in my head where we started working the perimeter, so had no problem knowing when to start working toward the middle. She found the first hide right after we started the perimeter. Then we worked around the room and she found the next one in the bathroom. I didn't demand she work where I wanted; my plan was just to use my location to encourage her to search where I was. On or off leash she's always well aware of where I am. You'll see when she starts shopping for toys, I just gradually move away from her and this is all it takes to get her to leave those distractions. When we got toward the middle, you can see she is really working that hide. It was a very nice search and the handling wasn't quite the nightmare I thought it would be.