Running and Officiating
Running the Search
Honesty and Integrity
The goal of Cyber Scent Work is to provide a bridge between training and trialing. To that end, handlers are expected to run the searches as honestly as possible to get the most out of the feedback from Reviewing Officials. Cyber Scent Work assumes all submitted entries were filmed following the required Rules and Regulations. This includes following the required odor concentration, hide preparation, hide visibility to the handler and the handler’s awareness of hide placement prior to running the search.
Calling Alert, Finish and Clear
Handlers must be certain to all “ALERT”, “FINISH” and “CLEAR” as loud and proud as they can to not only be heard by the assistant, but to be picked up on the video as well. This is especially important when running in outdoor spaces where there may be wind or vehicle traffic noise.
Calling Yes or No
Hide is set on the upper spoke of a vehicle hubcap. Dog sniffs the center of the hubcap and shows a change of behavior. Handler calls “ALERT”. Should be a “YES” call.
Hide is set on the underside of a chair toward the front of the seat. Dog hits on the chair from the side but is clearly sniffing the underside of the seat. Handler calls “ALERT”. Should be a “YES” call.
Hide is set inside a closed storage shed for an exterior search as an inaccessible hide. Hide is placed near the hinge, but the dog hits on the bottom corner of the door below the hinge. Should be a “YES” call.
When to Call "Where?"
Example: During an interior search in a classroom, the dog sniffs the chair where the hide is located but the handler does NOT call “ALERT”. Dog leaves this chair and begins to investigate a completely different chair. Handler, still facing the correct chair, calls “ALERT”. Since the dog is in a totally different location and actively sniffing, the assistant should call “WHERE?” to clarify where exactly the handler is calling “ALERT”.
The assistant must be ready to promptly respond to a handler as soon as they call “ALERT”. Delays can cause a handler to become confused or continue working even if they have found all the hides or if they were incorrect and called a false alert.
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