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Old 09-10-2014, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Too early for Nose Work imprinting?

My girl is 12 weeks old and we are going to start puppy classes here in a few weeks. We have been working on basic sit, down, stay, here obedience at home thus far. I would like to get into Nose Works and am wondering if it would be too early to start hiding a treat in a box and have her look for it. Starting really easily and adding boxes as she progresses but before we start the actual Nose Works classes (after getting through the obedience classes). The other thing I don't want to do is do it wrong. Like if there is a technique used in the class that is different then what I come up with. If anyone has good "find it" games that would start getting this idea into her head, I would appreciate the suggestions. It is all just fun and games at this point
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Never too early for nosework!! It's wonderful for puppies, tires them out without overtaxing their growing bodies. Go for it. My dog LOVES it!!!
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I got my puppy at 10 weeks and we started nosework not long after he got home. But, I had also just taken Nosework classes with my now 17 month old, so things were/are fresh in my mind. But, I think if I were already planning on classes, that I would want to know what their methods for teaching were ahead of time so that I didn't do anything conflicting (ie - some start on odor right away, where others start with food and then pair odors).

My pup loves nosework. He lets the entire neighborhood know how unfair it is when I do hides for my two older dogs and he is stuck in his crate :/
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