This is exactly why we started on scent work – it rains 8-9 months out of the year here, and he's a typical rain-hating dobie lol.You can do it at home and inside if it's bad weather, or outside if it's nice!
Good looking out! He does the head swing and makes eye contact after he paw alerts, so I'll try to capture and reward that behavior specifically and see if we can phase out pawing for essential oil.If you think you might trial in Nose Work one day, I wouldn't go with a down on odor either - most nose work teachers advise a natural self taught alert that they will do. Biggest reason is once you start advancing, the hides can be high or completely inaccessible so the dog can't "point" to it in a down. The easiest and most popular is the head-swing and looking at you which they will do naturally once they know a paycheck is coming for finding the hide.