Congrats to you guys!
We never got super deep into barn hunt but I don't understand why people don't let their dog work!
I can't imagine taking my eyes off my dog in nosework - it's crucial to watch their behavior! Barn hunt is just another form of nose work it seems.
@obbanner - I'm curious too - are these mostly beginners who don't know better or are they advanced to the point where they think they know more than their dog? LOL. I guess the answer will be both... As a judge to you get to give them kind words of wisdom when they NQ?
Containers is one of several elements, so yes, in Containers the dogs must alert to which container the odor is in. In AKC the elements are Containers, Interiors, Exteriors and Buried. In NACSW its the same except instead of Buried they have Vehicles. Of all the elements the hardest one is Containers for most dogs, including mine, especially boxes or containers that all match. In all the elements except Containers, the hide can be anywhere within stated boundaries with increasing difficulty as you title, including unknown number of hides and blank rooms (no hides) and you must read your dog and declare finish, not knowing if there are zero hides or 4. So yes, serious reading of your dog! Also same with pointing out location of source, like you described, so there are lots of similarities!I never did nosework. I was told the containers are put on the floor in view of the dog and handler.