Lucca (7mo) & I are into our second session of Nosework. He's doing great with searching & finding the scent and I really love the sport. The trainer comments regularly how wonderfully methodical he is in his searching
Only problem is that his natural indication tends to be scratching/punching the box.
I only click/reward when he holds his nose on the scent, and I ignore him when he scratches the scent. When I ignore the scratch I can tell he gets frustrated, like he wants to shout at me, "I'm showing you where it is, pay attention!!!" I don't want him to become overly frustrated and loose interest. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm trying to use boxes placed a bit higher to discourage scratching, with a hole just the right size for his nose to fit in... in order to encourage him to hold his nose on the scent. My goal is to have him touch the scent with his nose & sit for indication.
Also, I'm wondering if AKC recognizes Nosework titles? I plan to compete either way (once we're ready) but I'm just curious. My trainer is working with several other trainers from across the state to try & get a trial going here annually.