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Hi guys! Nice forum!

Hoping someone can point me in the right direction, even if it's just to further reading.

I have recently started doing nosework with my 1 yr male Labrador, Blue, and as expected he is doing pretty well after only a few days.

He sniffs whatever I've hidden from my hand then goes to find it when I command him, saying 'Hunt!'.
Say for example I've hidden his dry food in around 8 places or so, he'll find them all without trouble but he keeps looking around and sniffing.

So what I'm thinking about for future nosework when he'll be outside is a command to tell him the hunt is over? I've tried distracting him by other commands and playing but he'll eventually go back and sniff around more. Any ideas please?
 

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I would start on leash, so you can give a an "all done" command (or whatever you want it to be) and just walk off. The dog has little choice but to follow you. I would also do your searches in an area that you can easily remove the dog from. I like to do them in my basement, then I can say "all done, let's go" and my pup runs back upstairs and I close the door so he can't continue to search on his own.

Once you can call him off without a leash, you can do the search in an area where you don't remove him after, like your living room. Give the "all done" cue, then just sit and do something really boring, like watch tv. The dog will keep searching at first, but he'll figure it out eventually that when you say "all done", you really do mean that there is nothing else to find.
 

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Now that he understands what you want him to do, go find something, stop leaving kibble out for him. Use a rubber glove, wash the item, then put whatever scent you want on it. Toss it somewhere. This way he isn't following your tracks or air sniffing for your scent. Only use one item at a time. When he finds an item, tell him to sit. This is what police dogs do. You take the item, then have him find the next item. One at a time. Initially, work with one item at a time. Then, two items, then three. When he is done, do as Elrowen wrote and give him a cue that means "we're done".
 

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While I don't do nosework, we do SAR, I give the command "you're done". This means job over, return to the kennel.
In starting this, set out your hides, find them, reward, leash the dog, "you're done" go right to the vehicle.
Like any command this takes repetition.
 
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