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03-23-2014 08:33 PM
Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
I always force water/rest breaks on my dog while working. Every 30-45 minutes of scentwork.

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03-23-2014 08:31 PM
onyx'girl If I'm going to track in very dry or windy conditions, I will wet my dogs muzzle(not his nostrils) some before we begin.
My male isn't a real heavy drinker so I encourage him to drink after a training session. When it is warm and the dog is panting heavily, I'll again, wet the muzzle some before we hit the field.
03-23-2014 08:18 PM
Baileysowner Would be a good time for the dog to take a break idk any science behind it tho

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03-21-2014 06:19 PM
David Taggart It depends what you do. If you are on a search - have a bottle in your hand and give him just a sip every 20 minutes, it is important to keep his olfactory system wet in order to follow traces of the odour on trails (whatever you want him to recover). But, if you sent him through wacky agility courses several times, or the decoy decided to give your dog continuous swings, or it was of any other vigorous exercises - leave him well long enough to cool down before you water him, because excess water can affect his heart. Avoid overheating in a warm weather, it takes some time to adapt to summer temperatures and drinking too much water doesn't help it. I use furminator almost daily last time, not all dogs have fully moulted yet.
03-21-2014 06:11 PM
Lilie Well, that makes 'Scents!' (Sorry, it's late and I'm ready to go home!)

Thanks everyone!
03-21-2014 06:02 PM
gsdsar I have always been taught, when doing scent work, that if the dogs nose and scent receptors get dry they cannot scent as well. Depending in the day, I always water my dog every 45 minutes. But I also preload in the heat.

Breaking for water also forces the dog and handler to stop, assess and reboot.

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03-21-2014 05:58 PM
NancyJ Not sure of that. Scentwork is hard on the dog because of how they use their nose. The airflow is different when they are scenting than when they are just running around and cooling efficiency is impaired.
03-21-2014 05:49 PM
Lilie Nancy - do you think it helps them 'clear' their scents (for lack of a better word)? Kinda like a re-boot?
03-21-2014 05:43 PM
NancyJ I always force water/rest breaks on my dog while working. Every 30-45 minutes of scentwork.

I don't want him gulping down gallons but do want about 8 oz or so. I even throw some treats (zukes minis) in the water because he will drink the water to get to the treats.
03-21-2014 05:42 PM
selzer Maybe something new.

I don't know. We work a lot outside, and people are encouraged to bring water for their dogs.
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