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02-20-2013 03:08 PM
katdog5911 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?
01-14-2013 08:07 AM
Liesje As long as it's a on-leash activity!
01-13-2013 10:26 PM
Jason L Nicely played, Coke! We just might make an offer for Coke to be a bomb dog then!
01-13-2013 09:42 PM
Lauri & The Gang 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.
01-13-2013 09:17 PM
Liesje 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.
01-13-2013 06:07 PM
katdog5911 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.
01-13-2013 06:02 PM
Lauri & The Gang This is what they call the Intro class. It is teaching and building the hunt drive in the dogs. After this class we move on to the first 'real' class - Birch.

Lies - I'll probably work my Cresteds as well while I'm practicing with Mauser. They are ALL highly food motivated.
01-13-2013 05:36 PM
Liesje 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.
01-13-2013 05:07 PM
JakodaCD OA sounds like FUN wish there was something like this around here
01-13-2013 05:05 PM
Lauri & The Gang 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.
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