|10-18-2013 12:38 AM|
|blehmannwa||Nosework uses anise, birch and clove.|
|10-17-2013 09:37 PM|
I like the essential oil idea. What oils do you find work the best? Flowery or strong scents or more subtle like a rose or lilac. Both of my girls love to get their nose down and sniff as they go but since we are on a walk we don't get to stop and investigate. Never know what your gonna find in the road in my neighborhood anymore. Please post up your favorite oils and the rest of the game parameters so I can start the girls playing this game in the yard. We have about 2 1/2 acres fenced with pasture, and oak hammock so there are a ton of hiding places all over the yard. TIA for your recipe for fun.
|10-17-2013 09:00 PM|
|David Taggart||You can invent yourself many games with your puppy's favourite toy at home by hiding it in association with a particular smell. Use essentual oils. Take two small bits of cotton, one hide together with the ball/toy, and let him sniff the other. Help to find before he understands the principle. Use a different smell, when he started searching well. Start training him to do tricks, it would really help in training more serious commands. You may find many on the web: Love your dog - Teach your puppy a trick a day!|
|10-17-2013 08:46 PM|
|WendyM||We play it with a stuffed animal. We introduced the stuffed animal a couple of times over a number of days (taking it soon because she's a fighter, not a lover, of all things stuffed). Then we started showing it to her and then putting her in a sit stay, hiding the duck, and coming back into the room and saying "where's your duck???" with an excited voice and the "all done" (release from the stay) hand signal we use. She tears through the house looking for it and then we're super enthusiastic when she finds it. If she can't find it, we go "help her look" and lead her closer and closer to it. Since she likes to chew on it, we let her have it for a few minutes and then give her a treat to drop it. So we make teaching drop it part of the game. She's now sort of retriever-like in that she'll play with it until I come near her and then drop it at my feet and look up at me expectantly, because she's pretty sure there's a treat in it for her if she does.|
|10-11-2013 09:08 PM|
|Baillif||I would play a similar game with my puppy and girlfriend. One of us would hold the puppy and another would wave a treat under the dogs nose and then run and hide in another room of the house. The puppy would of course freak with excitement because it wants to follow. Wait some time to give the other person time to hide and then let the puppy loose to go find them. When they find them they get the treat and a ton of praise.|
|10-11-2013 07:03 PM|
Making puppy work mentally - how do I do this method?
I got this from another site and I'm wondering how to teach the dog what it's supposed to do, to get the treat....
"Anything that makes them think hard is good for them. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just engaging… kind of like canine sudoku. One of my favorite stand-by’s is good old hide and seek. Have them practice sit and down stays while you hide their favourite toys around the house, releasing them on search missions that pay handfuls of kibble for each successful retrieve. It is an easy way to stretch the dinner bowl of kibble from a one minute feast into a half-hour of problem solving. Another fun option is to keep a trick of the month on the go that you hack away at for 10 minutes here and there."