Please note, never hide scent toys anywhere you don’t want your dog to frequent, like off limit rooms of the house, kitchen counter tops, dinning tables, or dangerous areas. All scent work games should be supervised as dogs can find potentially dangerous items during the search.
If your dog becomes frustrated or bored, simply redirect their attention back to the game or in a new direction. You can always abandon a session if needed and go back to something more familiar like a game of ball.
If you’re serious about continuing scent work with your dog, you can invest in a professional kit or make one of your own. A popular version is to purchase a length of plastic PVC pipe with screw on ends. Drill a few scent holes in the pipe and hide your scent inside for a DIY scent work toy.
You can even sign up for a program sponsored by the American Kennel Club
to help get you started with all levels of experienced pups.