So, first nosework class is under our belt and I think Mauser did great.
There are only 4 dogs in class and by the end he was actually getting a little bored. We were the only team using a toy. Mauser really doesn't care much for food - balls are MUCH more exciting.
I took a couple tennis balls and put handles on them. One would go in the box and the other was the 'reward'.
Mauser was doing closed boxes before the other dogs.
The one thing we are going to change is that instead of two toys I'm going to bring a piece of a tennis ball to put in the boxes. That way he doesn't have the chance to play with what's in the box - he only gets the reward I have. The piece in the box is only for scent.
He did go off on two dogs - one in class and one afterwards. I need to find a reactive dog class for him.
sounds like FUN wish there was something like this around here
Ozzie vom Kleinen Hain
Danger Danger vom Kleinen Hain aka Masi
"Angel" Jakoda's Bewitchen Sami CD OA OAJ OAC NGC OJC RS-O GS-N JS-O TT HIC CGC
"Angel" Steinwald's Four x Four CGC HIC TT
"Angel" Harmonyhill's Hy Jynx NA NAJ NAC NJC RS-N JS-N HIC
"Angel" Jakoda's Jagged Edge
We just started last week too. I was just practicing with Nikon in the basement and Coke came down. I let him try too so I guess I will be training him at home too. He gave me this look like "hey *I* can sniff something in boxes!" and I couldn't resist.