Scent Dumbbells

Training takes patience and multiple repetitions before a dog completely understands exactly what is expected of it. This dog recently achieved his Utility title, but did not pass this training exercise. Why not? What error did the dog make, and how would you train to prevent this?

Patience again. This can occur many times before a dog realizes that he/she cannot come back with an empty mouth. What are some ways to help a dog understand when it's behavior is correct, and when not?

With persistence, this dog discovers the scented article and brings it very nicely to his handler for a straight sit. What should the handler do once her dog sits straight - in this case?

At an earlier training stage, where the dog selects the correct article and returns, what would a good reward be? Why might the handler NOT ask for a sit?