Just got back from a private lesson with Nosework co-founder Ron Gaunt! He was here for a seminar, but we couldn't attend, so we signed up for a lesson. It was a great opportunity!
Mikko has a problem with trying to pick up whatever the odor is hidden in and he had great ideas to work through that. And also great ideas to really make his brain work, solving problems.
We've been on just odor for a while now, but I don't think we really needed to start on just food since Mikko knew what the game was already, but we just went with the flow of the class and went to paired odor after four classes anyway.
I guess since the sport is geared to many different dogs, some of which may not have the same drive, it's important to start on food with no odor because you can always add the odor when they're ready, but can't take it away if they don't understand.
ADCH Mikko (USDAA) SCH-B; (NADAC) EAC, EJC, TN-E, TG-E, VerO; (AKC) NAJ, CGC; (NACSW) NW1 - 9 year old GSD