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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-13-2013, 06:07 PM
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I did nose work with both my dogs. Both really enjoyed it. I stopped because the way it was done seemed like not enough bang for my buck! Dogs had to be in crate or in car while other dogs had a turn. Each dog had 3 turns. Seemed like a lot of waiting and running up and down the stairs to get the dogs, instead of actually nose work! But maybe this is how it is done. I am very tempted to try it again but don't know if it is worth the few minutes the dogs are actually doing something.
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Ours is done that way as well but I'm used to that with flyball and Schutzhund.

At home, Coke actually did better than Nikon. If Nikon didn't find the reward in the first box he checked he would platz with his paws on a box, lol. He's still in tracking mode so right now I'm just working on freeing him up so he's not trying to indicate.

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That's how we work also but the dogs are crated (or in Mauser's case, x-pen'd) in the room where we train.

With only 4 dogs we each got 4 (or maybe 5?) turns. It was more than enough for Mauser as he was getting bored.

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Nicely played, Coke! We just might make an offer for Coke to be a bomb dog then!
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As long as it's a on-leash activity!

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We are back at nose work with Stella after taking a looooooong break. For some reason it seems much more fun this time around. We have been to 2 classes and she is doing great. She really seems to like it. Started pairing birch with food this last class, and moving the hide from just boxes and objects in the middle of the room, to the perimeter. She will keep playing this game forever....

My homework is to start hiding the food off the floor. Did that today and she figured it out very quickly. I need to get some birch scent and tins etc.

This is really a great sport for Stella as reactivity is an issue. (although that too is a work in progress). The trainer said that dogs that need their space wear red bandanas at the trials. I like that idea.

Is this how drug sniffing, cadaver dogs, sar dogs start training?

I am curious why birch, anise and clove are used?

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