Pups transition from working w trainers to their new handlers can be a challenge for both.
Handlers are used to working w their soon-to-retire dogs.
Pups are used to the trainers.
It’s like changing dance partners & can take a while for the new partnerships to get in sync.
Lead #CIAK9 Trainer:
“Watching an experienced K9-handler team should look like a dance. Handler should move through search area w a smooth, fluid, rhythmic motion, presenting w their hand productive areas for dog to search”
It helps w pace of search & keeps pup interested/focused