I have two dogs, a RATO and a RATN. We've had to discontinue BH training for a number of reasons, primarily location dependent and weather related. We have now signed up for a mini nosework class and have had one session.
In BH, the dogs are off leash and are encouraged to work fast.
In NW, the dogs are on leash and are asked to be slow and methodical in their search.
My RATO is very energetic and fast. He'll do a climb and then flies from bale tower to bale tower. He'll come to ground level if he catches an air scent and will then scurry around until he gets the rat. The NW trainer would like him to slow down and be "more methodical" in his searches. During the one NW lesson we've had he has found all 3 treats in 15 boxes on two levels without working very hard at it.
My concern is, if I slow Ollie down, on lead, at NW, am I inhibiting his hunt drive for BH when we take that up again in the spring?