Cause and Cure for False Alerts: Exterior Searches Webinar
Cause and Cure for False Alerts: Exterior Searches Webinar

Cause and Cure for False Alerts: Exterior Searches Webinar

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At some point when you are tackling a search with blind hides, you will call a false alert. When trialing, this can mean the difference between earning a qualifying score or not. Thus, false alerts carry a ton of negative associations with Scent Work handlers.

What causes handlers to call false alerts in the first place? What was their dog doing that made them call "Alert" in that given moment? Was there some sort of communication breakdown between the dog and handler? What happened and how we can prevent it from happening again in the future?! We will answer these questions, and more, in this webinar.

The third part of our 4-part webinar series, in this webinar we will delve into the common causes for false alerts seen in Exterior searches and what can be done in training to rectify this. Suggestions offered will apply to BOTH ends of the leash.

Be sure to check out the other webinars of this series:




Dianna L. Santos


This webinar has been approved for 2 NACSW CEUs.


Are you training in Scent Work? At some point, you are likely to tackle a blind search, where you do not know where the hides are. Be proactive, learning the common pitfalls to avoid that can lead to a handler calling a false alert in an Exterior search.

Do you struggle with calling false alerts in Exterior searches? See if you or your dog are falling into the some of the featured pitfalls and what you can do in training to counteract those.

Are you competing in Scent Work trials? Ensure you and your dog are doing all you can to avoid calling false alerts!

Are you an instructor? Garner some tips and ideas of exercises to implement in your own program to best prepare your canine and human clients.


Scent Work University is fortunate to have Dianna grant us license to feature her courses, seminars and webinars on our online dog training platform. All of the content in this course is created by, owned by, and the rights to the content, are reserved to Dianna L. Santos.


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