Lucy Newton has a lifetime of experience working with and training a variety of animals. She is a professional working dog trainer and instructor as well as a lifelong student of dogs and dog training. She is also a NACSW and AKC Nosework Judge.

Lucy was involved in search and rescue for over 15 years, training numerous personal dogs for wilderness search and rescue as well as land and water human remains detection. She has deployed for hundreds of missing person cases in both urban as well as remote wilderness locations. She served as training director for several search and rescue teams and has provided training and instruction to countless SAR dogs and their handlers.

In this episode we discuss:

  • A very brief intro to canine nosework
  • What exactly we mean by an “alert”
  • The advantages and disadvantages of various kinds of alerts
  • How to go about teaching an alert behavior
  • Some thoughts on troubleshooting alerts
  • How it’s really all just good training
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