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03-24-2014 04:05 PM
wyoung2153 Welcome I always love finding thinking games for Titan that are more than the puzzles on the ground.. he gets bored quick.. if you all come across another let me know I'm alway on the lookout.
03-24-2014 02:27 PM
KathrynApril
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Him*** sorry dont know why I thought ypu had a female. Glad he loved it! And youll have so much fun with it too!

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Oooh it's nice to hear that this is at least somewhat normal -- Hildy is totally like this too. Example: a few days ago, I took her out at her normal mid-day poop time, and I knew she had to go. However, a beaver had visited our normal poop spot and she literally spent a full hour tracking that thing. (We found the beginnings of a dam which was cool!!) She completely forgot she had to poop until we got back inside Anyway we already play 'find it,' anyone else have any fun scent games?? Hildy is dog aggressive so not a candidate for SAR etc unfortunately.

Awesome story about the beaver!




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I also play "guess the hand." I put a treat in one hand behind my back and show him both and then put them in front of and him he has to pick the one with the treat. I say "choose." Normally he will get really really excited at first and just nudge or paw at either hand regardless.. so i have to wait until he calms down a bit then tell him to "choose" again. If he gets it wrong I open the wrogn hand and there's nothing there. I then put my hand behind my back again and repeat. He gets the treat when he gets it right

Another one that I am starting with him is scent discrimination. It's along the same lines of "find it" in how you start, but you start hiding other things with a different scent and he's supposed to find that one thing. It's in the works right now.. here's a good link on a better description than I could probably type.. I don't use clickers and I use whatever I have for fun, but it's a good starting point...

How to Train Scent Discrimination for Obedience Competition | Karen Pryor Clicker Training

And this is just a cool link with other ideas too

SCENT GAMES - Educating Your Dog's Nose | Suzanne Clothier
Awesome links and games! Thank you!


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03-24-2014 01:42 PM
lovemygirl Ooooh thanks so much wyoung!! Scent discrimination seems like a really good way to mentally exhaust her We are going to have a fun weekend!!!!
03-24-2014 12:36 PM
wyoung2153 I also play "guess the hand." I put a treat in one hand behind my back and show him both and then put them in front of and him he has to pick the one with the treat. I say "choose." Normally he will get really really excited at first and just nudge or paw at either hand regardless.. so i have to wait until he calms down a bit then tell him to "choose" again. If he gets it wrong I open the wrogn hand and there's nothing there. I then put my hand behind my back again and repeat. He gets the treat when he gets it right

Another one that I am starting with him is scent discrimination. It's along the same lines of "find it" in how you start, but you start hiding other things with a different scent and he's supposed to find that one thing. It's in the works right now.. here's a good link on a better description than I could probably type.. I don't use clickers and I use whatever I have for fun, but it's a good starting point...

How to Train Scent Discrimination for Obedience Competition | Karen Pryor Clicker Training

And this is just a cool link with other ideas too

SCENT GAMES - Educating Your Dog's Nose | Suzanne Clothier
03-24-2014 12:10 PM
lovemygirl Oooh it's nice to hear that this is at least somewhat normal -- Hildy is totally like this too. Example: a few days ago, I took her out at her normal mid-day poop time, and I knew she had to go. However, a beaver had visited our normal poop spot and she literally spent a full hour tracking that thing. (We found the beginnings of a dam which was cool!!) She completely forgot she had to poop until we got back inside Anyway we already play 'find it,' anyone else have any fun scent games?? Hildy is dog aggressive so not a candidate for SAR etc unfortunately.
03-23-2014 01:34 PM
wyoung2153 Him*** sorry dont know why I thought ypu had a female. Glad he loved it! And youll have so much fun with it too!

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03-23-2014 12:52 PM
KathrynApril
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Well there is one super simple one that I started Titan with as a puppy. He ended up getting bored with treats so now we use his toys. Not sure if there is a better way to do this, but this is how I started when he was a puppy.

Basically.. start with a favorite treat and show it to her.. then make her sit and stay.. have her watch you hide the treat. Then say your command. Mine was "find." Then she will go to where she saw the treat. After a couple times try hiding it without her seeing where and give her the command. Once she starts getting good you can get complicated. Like, right now I'm at the point with Titan where I put him in another room and tell him to stay. I pick a toy and show it to him and let him sniff it. Or if I chose treats, I let him see and smell the treat I'm hiding. Then I leave the room with him in a "stay" and hide it. Sometimes it's easy and other times I hide it places like the ceiling fan. Lol. I come back and tell him "Find!!" and he runs around like crazy finding it. It wears him out too after doing it for a while. I bet yours would love it!
Haha very cool. I just tried this with some treats in a blanket. He loved it. Thanks for explaining!

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03-22-2014 11:31 PM
wyoung2153 Well there is one super simple one that I started Titan with as a puppy. He ended up getting bored with treats so now we use his toys. Not sure if there is a better way to do this, but this is how I started when he was a puppy.

Basically.. start with a favorite treat and show it to her.. then make her sit and stay.. have her watch you hide the treat. Then say your command. Mine was "find." Then she will go to where she saw the treat. After a couple times try hiding it without her seeing where and give her the command. Once she starts getting good you can get complicated. Like, right now I'm at the point with Titan where I put him in another room and tell him to stay. I pick a toy and show it to him and let him sniff it. Or if I chose treats, I let him see and smell the treat I'm hiding. Then I leave the room with him in a "stay" and hide it. Sometimes it's easy and other times I hide it places like the ceiling fan. Lol. I come back and tell him "Find!!" and he runs around like crazy finding it. It wears him out too after doing it for a while. I bet yours would love it!
03-22-2014 11:10 PM
KathrynApril Nope I haven't. I don't know any. Sometimes I think I am expecting more than I should for six months and he might have a higher drive than I think.
03-22-2014 01:13 PM
wyoung2153 Nancy said it perfect!! it's always fun with nose games too.. have you started any scent games with him?
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