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Yes, you want to walk around in random patters and touch various areas of the search space. Be sure to touch branches and areas off the ground as well.
You won’t always know for sure but your best practice is to make sure you contaminate the area with your scent! When doing blind hides, be sure to tell your assistant to do this when hiding your targets.
While doing surface hides, you can also throw your targets out into the search area without ever setting foot in the training space! We do this a lot when grass is tall enough to obscure the target when it lands. Just make sure your target is sealed tightly. We have thrown them and had them break open, spilling the truffle out (which made for a fun new training scenario too).